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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.

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Nicholas Carr    Dec. 19, 2011
Versioning, the software business standby, is making its way into journalism’s business practices.
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Dave Winer    Dec. 19, 2011
Culture and technology have an interwoven future; we need a tech press, the web pioneer argues, that can do justice to both.
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Carrie Brown-Smith    Dec. 19, 2011
From local TV to journalism co-ops, 2012 may be a banner year for the local news ecosystem.
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Martin Langeveld    Dec. 20, 2011
Keeping Martin Honest: the 2012 edition.
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Dan Gillmor    Dec. 20, 2011
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.
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Robert Hernandez    Dec. 20, 2011
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.
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Emily Bell    Dec. 21, 2011
As the fourth estate goes digital, Columbia’s Tow Center director argues, it will question its reliance on third-party platforms.
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Dan Kennedy    Dec. 21, 2011
Paywalls may become more popular in 2012; that doesn’t mean they’ll be enough to save a flailing industry.
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Paul Bradshaw    Dec. 21, 2011
Also: Say goodbye to the homepage as we know it. The future is streaming.
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Steve Buttry    Dec. 21, 2011
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.
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Vadim Lavrusik    Dec. 21, 2011
A big question for the coming year: How will the right communities get the right kind of news?
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The Editors    Dec. 21, 2011
Predictions from Brian Boyer, Joy Mayer, Kevin Kelly, Sree Sreenivasan, and more.
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Rex Sorgatz    Dec. 21, 2011
The media entrepreneur shares a vision of Lower Left Coast domination.
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Burt Herman    Dec. 21, 2011
In the real-time news cycle, social media can — and should — be about much more than conversation.
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Tim Carmody    Dec. 21, 2011
In 2012, we’re due for a great leap forward in mobile reading.
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Gina Masullo Chen    Dec. 21, 2011
News has always been about making choices among lots of information; technology just helps us make those choices more smartly.
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Amy Webb    Dec. 21, 2011
The digital strategist shares the big tech trends we can expect to emerge in the coming year.
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Ken Doctor    Dec. 23, 2011
Kred Kurrency, Billionaire Bingo, and The Socializer: You may not have them on your iPhone, but you’ll feel their effects in 2012.
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Alfred Hermida    Dec. 30, 2011
…And that’s when social media will also get really interesting.
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Joshua Young    Dec. 30, 2011
“Focus on the user and all else will follow”? There’s more to it than that.
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Clara Jeffery    Dec. 30, 2011
The MoJo co-editor on why “there’s no better time to be an investigative journalist”
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Keli Goff    Dec. 31, 2011
Voices that would not have been widely read or heard just years ago are now helping to define mainstream conversations.
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Rachel Sklar    Dec. 31, 2011
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.