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Buzzy social audio apps like Clubhouse tap into the age-old appeal of the human voice
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Jan. 8, 2014, 2:35 p.m.

A week into 2014 is a little late for media predictions, but Nic Newman’s report on the year ahead is still worth a read. Newman is a research associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford, so it’s an especially good read if you want a British perspective on multi-screen news consumption, the disruption of television, trends in longform, data as content, and more. For example:

Most recent content innovations have been on the left hand side of the Quartz Curve/Newitz Napkin, but in 2014 we can expect more innovations in long-form, both from a content and experience point of view. The move to social, ‘peer-to-peer’ distribution means that good content rises to the top regardless of length. An improved reading experience on tablets and tools that let you save content for offline reading are also contributing to a revived taste for substance. To some extent this is also a reaction to a ‘collapse of narrative’, one of the central themes of Douglas Rushkoff’s new book Present Shock. Rushkoff argues that we live in an ‘always-on’ world, where the priorities of the moment are distorting good judgement.

If you missed them in the pre-holiday rush, check our our own collection of predictions for 2014 in journalism.

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