No assholes allowed

“The price? Toxic workplaces, talent drain, skewed covering, lawsuits, long-term damage to news organizations’ reputation and credibility, and loss of revenue from advertisers, subscribers, and members.”

Matt Lauer, Mark Halperin, Charlie Rose, and all the other fallen sexual harassers had one thing in common. They were notorious assholes. (See Venn diagram below.)

They yelled at people, belittled staff in front of colleagues, threatened, bullied, interrupted, mocked, and generally threw their weight around. We thought it was the price to pay for the talent of great men. Maybe being an asshole was even a sign of great talent.

It was a sign, all right.  A sign that something was very, very wrong. And the price? Toxic workplaces, talent drain, skewed covering, lawsuits, long-term damage to news organizations’ reputation and credibility, and loss of revenue from advertisers, subscribers, and members.

Prediction: In 2018, newsrooms adopt a no-assholes rule. You want to be an asshole? Sorry, you can’t work here.

(Credit for inventing the No Asshole Rule goes to Stanford professor Robert I. Sutton.)

Marie Gilot is the director of CUNY J+, the professional development arm of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

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

Sam Ford   The year of investing in processes

Rodney Benson   Better, less read, and less trusted

Michelle Ferrier   The year of the great reckoning

Mike Caulfield   Refactoring media literacy for the networked age

Tim Carmody   Watch out for Spotify

Mariano Blejman   News games rule

Tracie Powell   The muting of underserved voices

Rachel Schallom   Better design helps differentiate opinion and news

Dheerja Kaur   Fun with subscription products

Kathleen McElroy   Building a news video experience native to mobile

Andrew Ramsammy   The year ownership mattered

Molly de Aguiar   Good journalism won’t be enough

Kristen Muller   The year of the voter

Basile Simon   We need better career paths for news nerds

Paul Ford   Go global

Jennifer Coogan   The future is female

Justin Kosslyn   The year journalists become digital security experts

Charo Henríquez   Training is an investment, not an expense

Andrew Losowsky   The year of resilience

Brian Lam   Sketchy ethics around product reviews

Nicholas Diakopoulos   Fortifying social media from automated inauthenticity

Corey Johnson   The pro-fact resistance

Mary Meehan   Real lives are at stake in rural areas

Carrie Brown-Smith   Transparency finally takes off

Ray Soto   VR reaches the next level

Frédéric Filloux   External forces

Betsy O'Donovan and Melody Kramer   Skepticism and narcissism

Mandy Velez   texting is lit rn, fam

Luke O'Neil   The end is already here

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

Umbreen Bhatti   The trust problem isn’t new

Caitria O'Neill   The new court of public opinion

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

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

Pia Frey   Address users as individuals

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

Rubina Madan Fillion   Unlocking the potential of AI

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

Monique Judge   Letting black women tell their own stories

Lanre Akinola   Making noise is not a strategy

Jennifer Brandel and Mónica Guzmán   The editorial meeting of the future

Juliette De Maeyer   A responsible press criticism

Corey Ford   The empire strikes back

José Zamora   Revenue-first journalism

Kyle Ellis   Let’s build our way out of this

Sam Sanders   Shine the light on ourselves

Kelsey Proud   No, no, no

Dan Newman   A return to trust

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

Kinsey Wilson   Facebook and Google: Help out or pay up

Jessica Parker Gilbert   Design connects storytelling and strategy

Sue Schardt   Jump the niche

Neha Gandhi   Filler killers

Debra Adams Simmons   And a woman shall lead them

Will Sommer   The year local media gets conservative

Lucas Graves   From algorithms to institutions

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

Miguel Castro   The arrival of the impact producer

Daniel Trielli   The rich get richer, the poor scramble

Julia Beizer   A longer view on the pivot

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

Usha Sahay   Wallets get opened

Christopher Meighan   Passive partnership is in the rearview

Vanessa K. DeLuca   Women’s voices take center stage

Nathalie Malinarich   Peak push

Nicholas Quah   Stop talking trash about young people

Eric Nuzum   Beyond the narrative arc

C.W. Anderson   The social media apocalypse

Dannagal G. Young   Stop covering politics as a game

Evie Nagy   Pivot to mobile video frustration

Joanne McNeil   Gatekeeping the gatekeepers

L. Gordon Crovitz   Serving readers over advertisers

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

Jamie Mottram   From pageviews to t-shirts

Claire Wardle   Disinformation gets worse

Nushin Rashidian   Publishers seek ad dollar alternatives

Hossein Derakhshan   Television has won

Renée Kaplan   The year of quiet adjustments (shhh)

Amie Ferris-Rotman   More female reporters abroad (please)

Joanne Lipman   Journalists inventing revenue streams

Laura E. Davis   Writing answers before you know the question

Jennifer Choi   Standing up for us and for each other

Mario García   Storytelling finally adapts to mobile

Alastair Coote   The year of self-improvement

Caitlin Thompson   Podcasting models mature and diversify

S. Mitra Kalita   The arc of news and audience

Cory Haik   Suffering from realness, pivoting to impact

Hannah Cassius   The year of the echo-chamber escapists

Almar Latour   Conquering calm

Cristina Wilson   The year of the Instagram Story

Sally Lehrman   Trust comes first

Alexios Mantzarlis   Moving fake news research out of the lab

Ruth Palmer   Risks will grow for news subjects — especially minorities

John Keefe   Scooped by AI

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

Raju Narisetti   Mirror, mirror on the wall

Rodney Gibbs   Tech workers turn to journalism

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

Rick Berke   Value is the watchword

Matt DeRienzo   A recession, then a collapse

Joyce Barnathan   It will be harder to bury the news

Michelle Garcia   Navigating journalistic transparency

Edward Roussel   Eyes, ears, and brains

Emma Carew Grovum   Newsroom culture becomes a priority

P. Kim Bui   The reckoning is only beginning

Mariana Moura Santos   Think local, act global

Ståle Grut   Reclaiming audience interaction from social networks

Jacqui Cheng   Retailers move into content

Mira Lowe   The year of the local watchdog

Vivian Schiller   Pivot to tomorrow

Jake Levine   The return to now

Alice Antheaume   Are you fluent in AI?

Nancy Watzman   Know thy TV

Yvonne Leow   The rise of video messaging

Rachel Davis Mersey   AI, with real smarts

Burt Herman   Things get real

Francesco Marconi   The year of machine-to-machine journalism

Felix Salmon   Covering bitcoin while owning bitcoin

Raney Aronson-Rath   Transparency is the antidote to fake news

Damon Krukowski   Reviving the alt-weekly soul

Marie Gilot   No assholes allowed

Michael Kuntz   The only pivot that might work

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

Alfred Hermida   Going beyond mobile-first

Adam Thomas   Sharing is caring: The year of the mentor

Ernst-Jan Pfauth   Publishing less to give readers more

Nikki Usher   The year of The Washington Post

Jared Newman   Venture funding and digital news don’t mix

Craig Newmark   Working together toward sustainable solutions

Jassim Ahmad   Thriving on change

Heather Bryant   Building the ecosystems for collaboration

Taylor Lorenz   Social and media will split

Amy Webb   Listen to weak signals

Imaeyen Ibanga   Longform video leads the way

Feli Sánchez   The year for guerrilla user research

Sydette Harry   Listen to your corner and watch for the hook

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

Valérie Bélair-Gagnon   Seeking trust in fragmented spaces

Matt Boggie   The intellectual equivalent of the Dead Sea

Elizabeth Jensen   Show your work

Jarrod Dicker   Honesty in advertising

Mary Walter-Brown   Show a little vulnerability

Bill Keller   A growing turn to philanthropy

Matt Carlson   Attacks on the press will get worse

Richard J. Tofel   The platforms’ power demands more reporters’ attention

Kim Fox   Audience teams diversify their approach

Monika Bauerlein   The firehose of falsehood

Cindy Royal   Your journalism curriculum is obsolete

An Xiao Mina   Memes and visuals come to the fore

Lam Thuy Vo   Breaking free from the tyranny of the loudest

Pete Brown   Push alerts, personalized

Ariana Tobin   Too tired to tap

Doris Truong   Computer vision vs. the Internet vigilantes

Tanya Cordrey   Finally, the seeds of radical reinvention

Niketa Patel   Live journalism comes of age

Carlos Martínez de la Serna   The new journalism commons

Pablo Boczkowski   The rise of skeptical reading

Matt Thompson   Here come the attention managers

Borja Echevarría   TV goes digital, digital goes TV

Sarah Marshall   Loyalty as the key performance indicator

Kawandeep Virdee   Zines had it right all along

Manoush Zomorodi   Self-help as a publishing strategy

Mi-Ai Parrish   Blockchain and trust

Amy King   Let’s amplify visual voice

David Skok   Finding an information-life balance

Steve Grove   The midterms are an opportunity

Juleyka Lantigua-Williams   Women of color will reclaim and monetize our time

Tamar Charney   We get serious about algorithms

Federica Cherubini   The rise of bridge roles in news organizations

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

Andrew Haeg   The year journalists become relationship builders

Emily Goligoski   Looking beyond news for inspiration

Zizi Papacharissi   Women come back

Trushar Barot   The Jio-fication of India

Jim Brady   With the people, not just of the people