The year ownership mattered

“We will follow in the powerful footsteps of those who came before us, busting down doors, slapping away the hands who wanted to touch us, our bodies, our hair, our minds, just to say that diversity mattered. It didn’t.”

For far too long, we’ve tried to get our voices, stories, and faces out and into the air. And for far too long, one group has controlled and metered the narratives, people, and places we could visit to tell those stories. Well, the dam on power and control in 2018 won’t just break — there will be a flood, a tsunami unlike anyone has seen. That wall of water has been building, and now the perfect storm is about to let itself loose to invade every crack, dry spot, and patch of land that has been under artificial flood control. The gates will come crashing open, and they won’t be able to do anything about it. The white-male power dominated landscape will give way to color, of all shapes and sizes, in all manner of place and locale.

Women of color will seize their power, telling their stories. No longer asking for permission, waiting for that phone call to come, that job interview that says, “Yes, you matter, we want you.” You don’t need that approval anymore. Look into that mirror every morning and see that beauty that I see, that resilience that gives you the autonomy and agency to build something inherently better — because you are better, and no one can own that but you. Your brothers will be there alongside you and will bear witness when needed. We won’t just be bystanders.

Men of color will rise, for they too can compete against their white counterparts while not trying to alienate the dominant white, 18-34 audience, but the audience that has been left in an abyss — an absence of information and representation. Brother, your people need you. Your sons, your daughters want you to be a strong character of moral influence. To say that daddy was there and he worked it. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Wherever you are, right now is temporary, and the way forward is through and by you. Don’t forget your sisters. They need you.

We will no longer accept the narrative of being an impostor, for the previous ownership has revealed themselves to be the true impostors. They lack the humanity to lead us through this defining moment, for they’re the ones that have gotten us to this moment. The door is now open, so step in, not out. It’s time we create the moment, one that is irrefutable and in which their dominance will be toppled. We will seek our funding, donors, and supporters. We’ll bootstrap it, we’ll be scrappy, and we’ll prove once and for all what we’ve always known: We got this.

We will follow in the powerful footsteps of those who came before us, busting down doors, slapping away the hands who wanted to touch us, our bodies, our hair, our minds, just to say that diversity mattered. It didn’t. In 2018, we will produce our own annual reports with those fancy corporate headshots, pie charts, and hockey sticks of growth. We won’t be floating on white-limbo backdrops, or be the sole token of color in the executive wide shot. We will be the shot, and we’re not going to throw it away.

We will lock arms, all of us, and finally say: This is ours. There is no going back.

Corey Ford   The empire strikes back

Jim Brady   With the people, not just of the people

Julia Beizer   A longer view on the pivot

Dan Newman   A return to trust

Carlos Martínez de la Serna   The new journalism commons

Jamie Mottram   From pageviews to t-shirts

Kim Fox   Audience teams diversify their approach

Dheerja Kaur   Fun with subscription products

Tracie Powell   The muting of underserved voices

Amy Webb   Listen to weak signals

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

Joanne McNeil   Gatekeeping the gatekeepers

Matt Thompson   Here come the attention managers

Ruth Palmer   Risks will grow for news subjects — especially minorities

Federica Cherubini   The rise of bridge roles in news organizations

Niketa Patel   Live journalism comes of age

Yvonne Leow   The rise of video messaging

Michael Kuntz   The only pivot that might work

Evie Nagy   Pivot to mobile video frustration

Sue Schardt   Jump the niche

Rubina Madan Fillion   Unlocking the potential of AI

Frédéric Filloux   External forces

Emily Goligoski   Looking beyond news for inspiration

Vivian Schiller   Pivot to tomorrow

P. Kim Bui   The reckoning is only beginning

Usha Sahay   Wallets get opened

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

Andrew Losowsky   The year of resilience

Joanne Lipman   Journalists inventing revenue streams

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

Emma Carew Grovum   Newsroom culture becomes a priority

Nushin Rashidian   Publishers seek ad dollar alternatives

Ray Soto   VR reaches the next level

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

Jacqui Cheng   Retailers move into content

Nikki Usher   The year of The Washington Post

Debra Adams Simmons   And a woman shall lead them

Rodney Benson   Better, less read, and less trusted

Tim Carmody   Watch out for Spotify

Raju Narisetti   Mirror, mirror on the wall

Matt Boggie   The intellectual equivalent of the Dead Sea

An Xiao Mina   Memes and visuals come to the fore

Luke O'Neil   The end is already here

Feli Sánchez   The year for guerrilla user research

Pete Brown   Push alerts, personalized

Monique Judge   Letting black women tell their own stories

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

Kristen Muller   The year of the voter

Imaeyen Ibanga   Longform video leads the way

Borja Echevarría   TV goes digital, digital goes TV

Mi-Ai Parrish   Blockchain and trust

Caitlin Thompson   Podcasting models mature and diversify

Kawandeep Virdee   Zines had it right all along

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

Sydette Harry   Listen to your corner and watch for the hook

Alexios Mantzarlis   Moving fake news research out of the lab

Lucas Graves   From algorithms to institutions

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

Kinsey Wilson   Facebook and Google: Help out or pay up

Mandy Velez   texting is lit rn, fam

Caitria O'Neill   The new court of public opinion

Dannagal G. Young   Stop covering politics as a game

Zizi Papacharissi   Women come back

Nicholas Diakopoulos   Fortifying social media from automated inauthenticity

Matt DeRienzo   A recession, then a collapse

Jessica Parker Gilbert   Design connects storytelling and strategy

Corey Johnson   The pro-fact resistance

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

L. Gordon Crovitz   Serving readers over advertisers

Juliette De Maeyer   A responsible press criticism

Jennifer Choi   Standing up for us and for each other

Jassim Ahmad   Thriving on change

Sally Lehrman   Trust comes first

Jennifer Brandel and Mónica Guzmán   The editorial meeting of the future

Francesco Marconi   The year of machine-to-machine journalism

Damon Krukowski   Reviving the alt-weekly soul

Sam Sanders   Shine the light on ourselves

Kathleen McElroy   Building a news video experience native to mobile

Ariana Tobin   Too tired to tap

Mary Walter-Brown   Show a little vulnerability

Mario García   Storytelling finally adapts to mobile

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

Doris Truong   Computer vision vs. the Internet vigilantes

Monika Bauerlein   The firehose of falsehood

Michelle Garcia   Navigating journalistic transparency

Mira Lowe   The year of the local watchdog

Hossein Derakhshan   Television has won

C.W. Anderson   The social media apocalypse

Trushar Barot   The Jio-fication of India

Neha Gandhi   Filler killers

Rodney Gibbs   Tech workers turn to journalism

Taylor Lorenz   Social and media will split

Alfred Hermida   Going beyond mobile-first

Andrew Ramsammy   The year ownership mattered

Eric Nuzum   Beyond the narrative arc

Lam Thuy Vo   Breaking free from the tyranny of the loudest

Christopher Meighan   Passive partnership is in the rearview

Amy King   Let’s amplify visual voice

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

Justin Kosslyn   The year journalists become digital security experts

Mariana Moura Santos   Think local, act global

Hannah Cassius   The year of the echo-chamber escapists

Umbreen Bhatti   The trust problem isn’t new

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

Tanya Cordrey   Finally, the seeds of radical reinvention

Jarrod Dicker   Honesty in advertising

Will Sommer   The year local media gets conservative

Brian Lam   Sketchy ethics around product reviews

Adam Thomas   Sharing is caring: The year of the mentor

Miguel Castro   The arrival of the impact producer

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

Mike Caulfield   Refactoring media literacy for the networked age

Lanre Akinola   Making noise is not a strategy

Raney Aronson-Rath   Transparency is the antidote to fake news

Mariano Blejman   News games rule

Steve Grove   The midterms are an opportunity

Felix Salmon   Covering bitcoin while owning bitcoin

Andrew Haeg   The year journalists become relationship builders

Nancy Watzman   Know thy TV

Sarah Marshall   Loyalty as the key performance indicator

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

Ernst-Jan Pfauth   Publishing less to give readers more

David Skok   Finding an information-life balance

Jennifer Coogan   The future is female

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

Bill Keller   A growing turn to philanthropy

Rachel Schallom   Better design helps differentiate opinion and news

Pia Frey   Address users as individuals

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

Craig Newmark   Working together toward sustainable solutions

Vanessa K. DeLuca   Women’s voices take center stage

Paul Ford   Go global

Pablo Boczkowski   The rise of skeptical reading

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

Almar Latour   Conquering calm

Rick Berke   Value is the watchword

Michelle Ferrier   The year of the great reckoning

Alice Antheaume   Are you fluent in AI?

Mary Meehan   Real lives are at stake in rural areas

Manoush Zomorodi   Self-help as a publishing strategy

Ståle Grut   Reclaiming audience interaction from social networks

Jake Levine   The return to now

Charo Henríquez   Training is an investment, not an expense

Nicholas Quah   Stop talking trash about young people

Amie Ferris-Rotman   More female reporters abroad (please)

Cory Haik   Suffering from realness, pivoting to impact

Carrie Brown-Smith   Transparency finally takes off

Betsy O'Donovan and Melody Kramer   Skepticism and narcissism

Jared Newman   Venture funding and digital news don’t mix

Cristina Wilson   The year of the Instagram Story

Valérie Bélair-Gagnon   Seeking trust in fragmented spaces

Claire Wardle   Disinformation gets worse

Joyce Barnathan   It will be harder to bury the news

Kyle Ellis   Let’s build our way out of this

Marie Gilot   No assholes allowed

Basile Simon   We need better career paths for news nerds

Laura E. Davis   Writing answers before you know the question

Tamar Charney   We get serious about algorithms

Nathalie Malinarich   Peak push

Cindy Royal   Your journalism curriculum is obsolete

Edward Roussel   Eyes, ears, and brains

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

Alastair Coote   The year of self-improvement

Rachel Davis Mersey   AI, with real smarts

Kelsey Proud   No, no, no

José Zamora   Revenue-first journalism

Matt Carlson   Attacks on the press will get worse

Sam Ford   The year of investing in processes

Renée Kaplan   The year of quiet adjustments (shhh)

Elizabeth Jensen   Show your work

Daniel Trielli   The rich get richer, the poor scramble

Burt Herman   Things get real

S. Mitra Kalita   The arc of news and audience

Heather Bryant   Building the ecosystems for collaboration

John Keefe   Scooped by AI

Molly de Aguiar   Good journalism won’t be enough