Navigating journalistic transparency

“The media industry has shifted in so many ways in the last two decades, but our readers have not been privy to the process in a way that helps them understand.”

As an industry, it’s our duty to help readers understand what we do, how we work, how we make money, and how they are part of this process. The media industry has shifted in so many ways in the last two decades, but our readers have not been privy to the process in a way that helps them understand. For instance, they might not understand why we break news the way we do, or why quality journalism can be expensive to generate.

Distrust in institutions — including flinging the term “fake news” at our best news organizations — only contributes to the problem. In 2018, I anticipate more newsrooms sharing how the sausage gets made to our consumers, engaging with young readers to stress news literacy at an early age, or getting readers involved in the reporting/producing process more frequently beyond commenting and sharing stories on social media.

Michelle Garcia is race and identities senior editor at Vox.

Raju Narisetti   Mirror, mirror on the wall

Gordon Crovitz   Serving readers over advertisers

Renée Kaplan   The year of quiet adjustments (shhh)

Ruth Palmer   Risks will grow for news subjects — especially minorities

C.W. Anderson   The social media apocalypse

Jassim Ahmad   Thriving on change

S. Mitra Kalita   The arc of news and audience

Rodney Gibbs   Tech workers turn to journalism

Ariana Tobin   Too tired to tap

Cindy Royal   Your journalism curriculum is obsolete

Sally Lehrman   Trust comes first

Andrew Losowsky   The year of resilience

Kim Fox   Audience teams diversify their approach

Jacqui Cheng   Retailers move into content

John Keefe   Scooped by AI

Monika Bauerlein   The firehose of falsehood

Mike Caulfield   Refactoring media literacy for the networked age

Yvonne Leow   The rise of video messaging

Kawandeep Virdee   Zines had it right all along

Trushar Barot   The Jio-fication of India

Federica Cherubini   The rise of bridge roles in news organizations

Adam Thomas   Sharing is caring: The year of the mentor

Jim Moroney   Newspapers have to be good enough for readers to pay for

Raney Aronson-Rath   Transparency is the antidote to fake news

Marie Gilot   No assholes allowed

Craig Newmark   Working together toward sustainable solutions

Damon Krukowski   Reviving the alt-weekly soul

Nikki Usher   The year of The Washington Post

Taylor Lorenz   Social and media will split

Manoush Zomorodi   Self-help as a publishing strategy

Bill Keller   A growing turn to philanthropy

Jamie Mottram   From pageviews to t-shirts

Doris Truong   Computer vision vs. the Internet vigilantes

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

Carlos Martínez de la Serna   The new journalism commons

Cristina Wilson   The year of the Instagram Story

Daniel Trielli   The rich get richer, the poor scramble

Pablo Boczkowski   The rise of skeptical reading

Nancy Watzman   Know thy TV

Lanre Akinola   Making noise is not a strategy

Charo Henríquez   Training is an investment, not an expense

Rachel Davis Mersey   AI, with real smarts

Emma Carew Grovum   Newsroom culture becomes a priority

Jessica Parker Gilbert   Design connects storytelling and strategy

Kristen Muller   The year of the voter

Mariana Moura Santos   Think local, act global

Almar Latour   Conquering calm

Pete Brown   Push alerts, personalized

Debra Adams Simmons   And a woman shall lead them

Matt DeRienzo   A recession, then a collapse

Hannah Cassius   The year of the echo-chamber escapists

Felix Salmon   Covering bitcoin while owning bitcoin

Corey Johnson   The pro-fact resistance

Marcela Donini and Thiago Herdy   Collaboration is the way forward for Brazilian journalism

Nathalie Malinarich   Peak push

Neha Gandhi   Filler killers

Michelle Garcia   Navigating journalistic transparency

Carrie Brown-Smith   Transparency finally takes off

Jared Newman   Venture funding and digital news don’t mix

Rubina Madan Fillion   Unlocking the potential of AI

David Skok   Finding an information-life balance

Tanya Cordrey   Finally, the seeds of radical reinvention

Susie Banikarim   R.I.P. Pivot to Video (2017–2017)

Francesco Marconi   The year of machine-to-machine journalism

Niketa Patel   Live journalism comes of age

Justin Kosslyn   The year journalists become digital security experts

P. Kim Bui   The reckoning is only beginning

Will Sommer   The year local media gets conservative

Caitlin Thompson   Podcasting models mature and diversify

Brian Lam   Sketchy ethics around product reviews

Andrew Ramsammy   The year ownership mattered

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen   The Snapchat scenario and the risk of more closed platforms

Matt Thompson   Here come the attention managers

Kinsey Wilson   Facebook and Google: Help out or pay up

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

Steve Grove   The midterms are an opportunity

Sara M. Watson   Feeds will open up to new user-determined filters

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

Alfred Hermida   Going beyond mobile-first

Ray Soto   VR reaches the next level

Evie Nagy   Pivot to mobile video frustration

Jennifer Coogan   The future is female

Sarah Marshall   Loyalty as the key performance indicator

Burt Herman   Things get real

Julia Beizer   A longer view on the pivot

Imaeyen Ibanga   Longform video leads the way

Pia Frey   Address users as individuals

Kathleen McElroy   Building a news video experience native to mobile

Kyle Ellis   Let’s build our way out of this

Hossein Derakhshan   Television has won

Mi-Ai Parrish   Blockchain and trust

Paul Ford   Go global

Dan Newman   A return to trust

Christopher Meighan   Passive partnership is in the rearview

Lucas Graves   From algorithms to institutions

Vivian Schiller   Pivot to tomorrow

Heather Bryant   Building the ecosystems for collaboration

Michael Kuntz   The only pivot that might work

Tim Carmody   Watch out for Spotify

Umbreen Bhatti   The trust problem isn’t new

Dannagal G. Young   Stop covering politics as a game

Frédéric Filloux   External forces

Basile Simon   We need better career paths for news nerds

Helen Havlak   Keywords, not publishers, power the world’s biggest feeds

Mira Lowe   The year of the local watchdog

Tracie Powell   The muting of underserved voices

José Zamora   Revenue-first journalism

Kelsey Proud   No, no, no

Cory Haik   Suffering from realness, pivoting to impact

Borja Echevarría   TV goes digital, digital goes TV

Mary Meehan   Real lives are at stake in rural areas

Alexios Mantzarlis   Moving fake news research out of the lab

Betsy O'Donovan and Melody Kramer   Skepticism and narcissism

Vanessa K. DeLuca   Women’s voices take center stage

Eric Nuzum   Beyond the narrative arc

Claire Wardle   Disinformation gets worse

Ståle Grut   Reclaiming audience interaction from social networks

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

Millie Tran and Stine Bauer Dahlberg   (Hint: It’s about your brand)

Amy Webb   Listen to weak signals

Amy King   Let’s amplify visual voice

Jennifer Choi   Standing up for us and for each other

Corey Ford   The empire strikes back

Mario García   Storytelling finally adapts to mobile

Richard Tofel   The platforms’ power demands more reporters’ attention

Jarrod Dicker   Honesty in advertising

Miguel Castro   The arrival of the impact producer

Mandy Velez   texting is lit rn, fam

Usha Sahay   Wallets get opened

Juleyka Lantigua   Women of color will reclaim and monetize our time

Sydette Harry   Listen to your corner and watch for the hook

Mariano Blejman   News games rule

Laura E. Davis   Writing answers before you know the question

An Xiao Mina   Memes and visuals come to the fore

Emily Goligoski   Looking beyond news for inspiration

Lam Thuy Vo   Breaking free from the tyranny of the loudest

Matt Carlson   Attacks on the press will get worse

Errin Haines   At the ballot, it’s time to count black women

Nushin Rashidian   Publishers seek ad dollar alternatives

Dan Shanoff   You down with OTT? (Yeah, DTC)

Valérie Bélair-Gagnon   Seeking trust in fragmented spaces

Nicholas Diakopoulos   Fortifying social media from automated inauthenticity

Joanne McNeil   Gatekeeping the gatekeepers

Dheerja Kaur   Fun with subscription products

Amie Ferris-Rotman   More female reporters abroad (please)

Monique Judge   Letting black women tell their own stories

Sue Schardt   Jump the niche

Sam Sanders   Shine the light on ourselves

Matt Boggie   The intellectual equivalent of the Dead Sea

Mary Walter-Brown   Show a little vulnerability

Jake Levine   The return to now

Edward Roussel   Eyes, ears, and brains

Rick Berke   Value is the watchword

Luke O'Neil   The end is already here

Jennifer Brandel and Mónica Guzmán   The editorial meeting of the future

Ernst-Jan Pfauth   Publishing less to give readers more

Caitria O'Neill   The new court of public opinion

Sam Ford   The year of investing in processes

Molly de Aguiar   Good journalism won’t be enough

Juliette De Maeyer   A responsible press criticism

Jim Brady   With the people, not just of the people

Michelle Ferrier   The year of the great reckoning

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

Rachel Schallom   Better design helps differentiate opinion and news

Andrew Haeg   The year journalists become relationship builders

Tamar Charney   We get serious about algorithms

Elizabeth Jensen   Show your work

Nicholas Quah   Stop talking trash about young people

Alice Antheaume   Are you fluent in AI?

Feli Sánchez   The year for guerrilla user research

Rodney Benson   Better, less read, and less trusted

Zizi Papacharissi   Women come back

Joyce Barnathan   It will be harder to bury the news

Joanne Lipman   Journalists inventing revenue streams

Alastair Coote   The year of self-improvement

Aron Pilhofer   We can’t leave the business to the business side any more