Jump the niche

“The social web overtakes, exhausts, exhilarates, spreads, connects, reinforces, divides. Hashtag power. Deep in the niche, it’s easy to ignore those without time or equipment or mind space or care to be in the game.”

Smarts critique smarts who share with smarts who thumbs up or down or comments. Trump pro or con critiques Trump pro or con who shares with Trump pro or con who thumbs up or down or comments. Blue/Green/Red critiques Blue/Green/Red who shares with Blue/Green/Red who thumbs up or down or comments.

#metoo jumps the niche. Or does it?

The social web overtakes, exhausts, exhilarates, spreads, connects, reinforces, divides. Hashtag power. Deep in the niche, it’s easy to ignore those without time or equipment or mind space or care to be in the game.

Hello net neutrality! Goodbye!

What happens if we don’t trust The Social?

People eat together, pray, argue, dance, watch, listen. The physical space of community is an opening frontier where we will turn, more and more, to share and make our stories.

Sue Schardt is CEO of AIR.

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Jesse Holcomb   Information disorder, coming to a congressional district near you

Tamar Charney   We get serious about algorithms

Luke O'Neil   The end is already here

Jennifer Brandel and Mónica Guzmán   The editorial meeting of the future

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Tanzina Vega   It’s time for media companies to #PassTheMic

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Amie Ferris-Rotman   More female reporters abroad (please)

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Claire Wardle   Disinformation gets worse

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Dan Newman   A return to trust

Emily Goligoski   Looking beyond news for inspiration

Kim Fox   Audience teams diversify their approach

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Andrew Ramsammy   The year ownership mattered

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Amy King   Let’s amplify visual voice

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Ariana Tobin   Too tired to tap

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Richard Tofel   The platforms’ power demands more reporters’ attention

Mi-Ai Parrish   Blockchain and trust

Ernst-Jan Pfauth   Publishing less to give readers more

Joanne McNeil   Gatekeeping the gatekeepers

Dannagal G. Young   Stop covering politics as a game

Eric Ulken   The year local publishers get smart(er) about change

Michael Kuntz   The only pivot that might work

Betsy O'Donovan and Melody Kramer   Skepticism and narcissism

Monika Bauerlein   The firehose of falsehood

Mira Lowe   The year of the local watchdog

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Joanne Lipman   Journalists inventing revenue streams

Julia B. Chan   Looking for loyalty in all the right places

Kawandeep Virdee   Zines had it right all along

Eric Nuzum   Beyond the narrative arc

Heather Bryant   Building the ecosystems for collaboration

Kathleen McElroy   Building a news video experience native to mobile

Sam Ford   The year of investing in processes

An Xiao Mina   Memes and visuals come to the fore

Borja Echevarría   TV goes digital, digital goes TV

Alan Soon   The rise of start of psychographic, micro-targeted media

Mariana Moura Santos   Think local, act global

Laura E. Davis   Writing answers before you know the question

Hannah Cassius   The year of the echo-chamber escapists

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Christopher Meighan   Passive partnership is in the rearview

Rick Berke   Value is the watchword

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Mario García   Storytelling finally adapts to mobile

Doris Truong   Computer vision vs. the Internet vigilantes

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Sally Lehrman   Trust comes first

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Jake Levine   The return to now

Juleyka Lantigua   Women of color will reclaim and monetize our time

Edward Roussel   Eyes, ears, and brains

Craig Newmark   Working together toward sustainable solutions

Matt DeRienzo   A recession, then a collapse

Caitlin Thompson   Podcasting models mature and diversify

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Matt Boggie   The intellectual equivalent of the Dead Sea

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Matt Carlson   Attacks on the press will get worse

Vanessa K. DeLuca   Women’s voices take center stage

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Marie Gilot   No assholes allowed

Sue Schardt   Jump the niche

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Michelle Ferrier   The year of the great reckoning

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Ruth Palmer   Risks will grow for news subjects — especially minorities

Matt Thompson   Here come the attention managers

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Evie Nagy   Pivot to mobile video frustration

Lanre Akinola   Making noise is not a strategy

Basile Simon   We need better career paths for news nerds

Gordon Crovitz   Serving readers over advertisers

Mary Walter-Brown   Show a little vulnerability

Federica Cherubini   The rise of bridge roles in news organizations

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Sarah Marshall   Loyalty as the key performance indicator

Pablo Boczkowski   The rise of skeptical reading

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Rodney Benson   Better, less read, and less trusted

Almar Latour   Conquering calm

Renée Kaplan   The year of quiet adjustments (shhh)

José Zamora   Revenue-first journalism

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