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Predictions for Journalism 2012

To close out 2011, we asked some of the smartest people we know to predict what 2012 will bring for the future of journalism.

Versioning, the software business standby, is making its way into journalism’s business practices. Nicholas Carr
Culture and technology have an interwoven future; we need a tech press, the web pioneer argues, that can do justice to both. Dave Winer
From local TV to journalism co-ops, 2012 may be a banner year for the local news ecosystem. Carrie Brown-Smith
Keeping Martin Honest: the 2012 edition. Martin Langeveld
The forces that seek to control the free flow of information are bigger than ever, the blogging pioneer argues — and a direct threat to journalism and innovation. Dan Gillmor
If I can trust you to tell me what’s going on, then I don’t care if you work out of a newsroom or out of your garage. Robert Hernandez
As the fourth estate goes digital, Columbia’s Tow Center director argues, it will question its reliance on third-party platforms. Emily Bell
Paywalls may become more popular in 2012; that doesn’t mean they’ll be enough to save a flailing industry. Dan Kennedy
Also: Say goodbye to the homepage as we know it. The future is streaming. Paul Bradshaw
With a bonus bold prediction for 2012: Gene Weingarten will write a disapproving column about the changing news business that is funny but dead wrong. Steve Buttry
A big question for the coming year: How will the right communities get the right kind of news? Vadim Lavrusik
Predictions from Brian Boyer, Joy Mayer, Kevin Kelly, Sree Sreenivasan, and more. The Editors
The media entrepreneur shares a vision of Lower Left Coast domination. Rex Sorgatz
In the real-time news cycle, social media can — and should — be about much more than conversation. Burt Herman
In 2012, we’re due for a great leap forward in mobile reading. Tim Carmody
News has always been about making choices among lots of information; technology just helps us make those choices more smartly. Gina Masullo Chen
The digital strategist shares the big tech trends we can expect to emerge in the coming year. Amy Webb
Kred Kurrency, Billionaire Bingo, and The Socializer: You may not have them on your iPhone, but you’ll feel their effects in 2012.
…And that’s when social media will also get really interesting. Alfred Hermida
“Focus on the user and all else will follow”? There’s more to it than that. Joshua Young
The MoJo co-editor on why “there’s no better time to be an investigative journalist” Clara Jeffery
Voices that would not have been widely read or heard just years ago are now helping to define mainstream conversations. Keli Goff
The cultural critic on what 2012 will bring for branding, diversity, and serendipity…and what hipster angels have to do with the media’s future. Rachel Sklar
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