The year of digital detoxing

“We can no longer take comfort in creating second-screen experiences. We need to find meaningful space on primary screens with reduced time available.”

The digital space is noisy, overwhelming and increasingly toxic; we have to fight in every way to be heard. We’re fighting ourselves, our competitors and dog pictures. In 2017, we’ll also be fighting the active disengagement from our previously FOMO-loaded audiences. Trump’s victory stunned more people than it did not, and as fake news and social feeds are increasingly being seen as the cause for it, audiences are consciously stepping away from them.

dhiya-kuriakoseI know more and more people who are giving themselves “screen-time” rules. No screens for an hour before bed, no notifications on weekends, no responding to emails after a certain hour. These are active measures by people who see their personal devices as extensions of their arms. I do it myself, and “missing out” is high on my list of fears. In a space where we’ve taken a screen being in close proximity for granted, the fight becomes harder when audiences are staying within safe social spaces of wedding announcements and job offers, with the occasional sprinkling of inspiring stories. We can no longer take comfort in creating second-screen experiences. We need to find meaningful space on primary screens with reduced time available.

As news organizations, we have to reclaim our identities and be more than just “content-creators” that fill feeds. It’s time to rethink our coverage and look deeply at what we stand for. We have to provide insights that last beyond a click or a tweet, that inspire conversations over coffee or dinner. We have to remember the people we create content for and that they are real personalities with opinions and experiences that we will never know. We have to build communities online and offline that speak to the mission of why we do what we do. We have to give people a reason to come back from their digital detoxing.

Dhiya Kuriakose is head of syndication and social video at Condé Nast.

Andrew Haeg   The year of listening

Jeremy Barr   A terrible year for Tiers B through D

P. Kim Bui   The year journalism teaches again

Lee Glendinning   A call for great editing

Jim Friedlich   A banner year for venture philanthropy

Liz Danzico   The triumph of the small

Coleen O'Lear   Back to basics

Erin Millar   The bottom falls out of Canadian media

Claire Wardle   Verification takes center stage

Michael Kuntz   Trust is the new click

Ashley C. Woods   Local journalism will fight a new fight

Sue Schardt   Objectivity, fairness, balance, and love

Elizabeth Jensen   Trust depends on the details

Lam Thuy Vo   The primary source in the age of mechanical multiplication

Tim Griggs   The year we stop taking sides

Cindy Royal   Preparing the digital educator-scholar hybrid

Umbreen Bhatti   A sense of journalists’ humanity

Laura Walker   Authentic voices, not fake news

Francesco Marconi   The year of augmented writing

Kawandeep Virdee   Moving deeper than the machine of clicks

Christopher Meighan   Unlocking a deeper mobile experience

Annemarie Dooling   UGC as a path out of the bubble

Mike Ragsdale   A smarter information diet

Caitlin Thompson   High touch, high value

Carla Zanoni   Prioritizing emotional health

Rachel Sklar   Women are going to get loud

David Skok   What lies beyond paywalls

Aja Bogdanoff   Comments start pulling their weight

Jonathan Hunt   Measurement companies get with the times

Pablo Boczkowski   Fake news and the future of journalism

Mandy Velez   The audience is the source and the story

Nathalie Malinarich   Making it easy

Nicholas Quah   Podcasting’s coming class war

Mark Armstrong   Time to pay up

Dan Colarusso   Let’s make live video we can love

Juliette De Maeyer and Dominique Trudel   A rebirth of populist journalism

Moreno Cruz Osório   The year of transparency in Brazilian journalism

Robert Hernandez   History will exclude you, again

Taylor Lorenz   “Selfie journalism” becomes a thing

Tanya Cordrey   The resurgence of reach

Doris Truong   Connecting with diverse perspectives

Michael Oreskes   Reversing the erosion of democracy

Sarah Marshall   Focusing on the why of the click

S.P. Sullivan   Baking transparency into our routines

Andrea Silenzi   Podcasts dive into breaking news analysis

Jon Slade   Trusted news, at a premium

Priya Ganapati   Mobile websites are ready for reinvention

Geetika Rudra   Journalism is community

Swati Sharma   Failing diversity is failing journalism

Molly de Aguiar   Philanthropists galvanize around news

M. Scott Havens   Quality advertising to pair with quality content

Megan H. Chan   Cultural reporting goes mainstream

Richard J. Tofel   The country doesn’t trust us — but they do believe us

Alberto Cairo   Communicating uncertainty to our readers

Keren Goldshlager   Defining a focus, and then saying no

Reyhan Harmanci   Bear witness — but then what?

Erin Pettigrew   A year of reflection in tech

Mira Lowe   News literacy, bias, and “Hamilton”

Bill Adair   The year of the fact-checking bot

Rachel Schallom   Stop flying over the flyover states

Alice Antheaume   A new test for French media

Ray Soto   VR moves from experiments to immersion

Mario García   Virtual reality on mobile leaps forward

Javaun Moradi   What can we own?

Melody Kramer   Radically rethinking design

Liz McMillen   The year of deep insights

Corey Ford   The year of the rebelpreneur

Amy Webb   Journalism as a service

Mary Meehan   Feeling blue in a red state

Bill Keller   A healthy skepticism about data

Rebekah Monson   Journalism is community-as-a-service

Peter Sterne   A dangerous anti-press mix

Kathleen Kingsbury   Print as a premium offering

Alexis Lloyd   Public trust for private realities

Steve Henn   The next revolution is voice

Zizi Papacharissi   Distracted journalism looks in the mirror

Tressie McMillan Cottom   A path through the media’s coming legitimacy crisis

Jonathan Stray   A boom in responsible conservative media

Libby Bawcombe   Kids board the podcast train

Ken Schwencke   Disaggregation and collection

Sam Ford   The year we talk about our awful metrics

Margarita Noriega   From pinning tweets to tweeting pins

Ryan McCarthy   Platforms grow up or grow more toxic

Mathew Ingram   The Faustian Facebook dance continues

Ståle Grut   The battle for high-quality VR

Hillary Frey   Forests need to burn to regrow

Dan Gillmor   Fix the demand side of news too

Rubina Madan Fillion   Snapchat grows up

Andrew Ramsammy   Rise of the rebel journalist

Ernst-Jan Pfauth   Earn trust by working for (and with) readers

Sara M. Watson   There is no neutral interface

Katie Zhu   The year of minority media

Cory Haik   Navigating power in Trump’s America

Emily Goligoski   Incorporating audience feedback at scale

Juan Luis Sánchez   Your predictions are our present

Anita Zielina   The sales funnel reaches (and changes) the newsroom

Carrie Brown-Smith   We won’t do enough

Samantha Barry   Messaging apps go mainstream

Olivia Ma   The year collaboration beats competition

Dannagal G. Young   The return of the gatekeepers

Joanne Lipman   The year of the drone, really

Dhiya Kuriakose   The year of digital detoxing

Ole Reißmann   Un-faking the news

Vivian Schiller   Tested like never before

Felix Salmon   Headlines matter

Nushin Rashidian   A rise in high-price, high-value subscriptions

Helen Havlak   Chasing mobile search results

Sydette Harry   Facing journalism’s history

Gabriel Snyder   The aberration of 20th-century journalism

Amie Ferris-Rotman   Вслед за Россией

Andy Rossback   The year of the user

David Weigel   A test for online speech

Renée Kaplan   Pure reach has reached its limit

Trushar Barot   API or die

Maria Bustillos   “It’s true — I saw it on Facebook”

Guy Raz   Inspiration and hope will matter more than ever

Emi Kolawole   From empathy to community

Amy O'Leary   Not just covering communities, reaching them

Valérie Bélair-Gagnon   Truthiness in private spaces

Tim Herrera   The safe space of service journalism

Adam Thomas   The coming collaboration across Europe

Andrew Losowsky   Building our own communities

Burt Herman   Local news gets interesting

Mary Walter-Brown   Getting comfortable asking for money

Errin Haines   Chaos or community?

Matt Waite   The people running the media are the problem

Tracie Powell   Building reader relationships

An Xiao Mina   2017 is for the attention innovators

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen   News after advertising may look like news before advertising

Scott Dodd   Nonprofits team up for impact

Julia Beizer   Building a coherent core identity

Ariane Bernard   Better data about your users

Sarah Wolozin   Virtual reality on the open web

Almar Latour   Thanks, #fakenews

Millie Tran   International expansion without colonial overtones

Eric Nuzum   Podcasting stratifies into hard layers

David Chavern   Fake news gets solved

Asma Khalid   The year of the newsy podcast

Matt Karolian   AI improves publishing

Laura E. Davis   Show your work