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.

Lam Thuy Vo   Breaking free from the tyranny of the loudest

Matt Boggie   The intellectual equivalent of the Dead Sea

Mira Lowe   The year of the local watchdog

Michael Kuntz   The only pivot that might work

Edward Roussel   Eyes, ears, and brains

Heather Bryant   Building the ecosystems for collaboration

Renée Kaplan   The year of quiet adjustments (shhh)

Paul Ford   Go global

Claire Wardle   Disinformation gets worse

Amie Ferris-Rotman   More female reporters abroad (please)

Tamar Charney   We get serious about algorithms

José Zamora   Revenue-first journalism

Pete Brown   Push alerts, personalized

Corey Ford   The empire strikes back

Dheerja Kaur   Fun with subscription products

Ariana Tobin   Too tired to tap

Jessica Parker Gilbert   Design connects storytelling and strategy

Mariana Moura Santos   Think local, act global

Justin Kosslyn   The year journalists become digital security experts

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

Sam Sanders   Shine the light on ourselves

Jared Newman   Venture funding and digital news don’t mix

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

Debra Adams Simmons   And a woman shall lead them

Alfred Hermida   Going beyond mobile-first

Vivian Schiller   Pivot to tomorrow

Steve Grove   The midterms are an opportunity

Francesco Marconi   The year of machine-to-machine journalism

Alastair Coote   The year of self-improvement

Jake Levine   The return to now

Mandy Velez   texting is lit rn, fam

Matt DeRienzo   A recession, then a collapse

Bill Keller   A growing turn to philanthropy

Borja Echevarría   TV goes digital, digital goes TV

Matt Thompson   Here come the attention managers

Sue Schardt   Jump the niche

Manoush Zomorodi   Self-help as a publishing strategy

Emma Carew Grovum   Newsroom culture becomes a priority

P. Kim Bui   The reckoning is only beginning

Luke O'Neil   The end is already here

Will Sommer   The year local media gets conservative

Tracie Powell   The muting of underserved voices

Usha Sahay   Wallets get opened

Dan Newman   A return to trust

Jennifer Brandel and Mónica Guzmán   The editorial meeting of the future

Raney Aronson-Rath   Transparency is the antidote to fake news

Mario García   Storytelling finally adapts to mobile

Mike Caulfield   Refactoring media literacy for the networked age

Molly de Aguiar   Good journalism won’t be enough

Jennifer Choi   Standing up for us and for each other

Rodney Benson   Better, less read, and less trusted

Michelle Ferrier   The year of the great reckoning

Lanre Akinola   Making noise is not a strategy

Marie Gilot   No assholes allowed

Dannagal G. Young   Stop covering politics as a game

Jacqui Cheng   Retailers move into content

Umbreen Bhatti   The trust problem isn’t new

Carlos Martínez de la Serna   The new journalism commons

Andrew Losowsky   The year of resilience

Valérie Bélair-Gagnon   Seeking trust in fragmented spaces

Cory Haik   Suffering from realness, pivoting to impact

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

Doris Truong   Computer vision vs. the Internet vigilantes

Almar Latour   Conquering calm

Ruth Palmer   Risks will grow for news subjects — especially minorities

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

Alice Antheaume   Are you fluent in AI?

Brian Lam   Sketchy ethics around product reviews

Niketa Patel   Live journalism comes of age

Jarrod Dicker   Honesty in advertising

Juliette De Maeyer   A responsible press criticism

S. Mitra Kalita   The arc of news and audience

Mariano Blejman   News games rule

Frédéric Filloux   External forces

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

Rachel Schallom   Better design helps differentiate opinion and news

Trushar Barot   The Jio-fication of India

Kristen Muller   The year of the voter

Monika Bauerlein   The firehose of falsehood

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

Craig Newmark   Working together toward sustainable solutions

Andrew Haeg   The year journalists become relationship builders

Ray Soto   VR reaches the next level

Kyle Ellis   Let’s build our way out of this

Lucas Graves   From algorithms to institutions

Neha Gandhi   Filler killers

Damon Krukowski   Reviving the alt-weekly soul

Caitria O'Neill   The new court of public opinion

Sarah Marshall   Loyalty as the key performance indicator

Mary Walter-Brown   Show a little vulnerability

Jennifer Coogan   The future is female

Ståle Grut   Reclaiming audience interaction from social networks

Michelle Garcia   Navigating journalistic transparency

Hannah Cassius   The year of the echo-chamber escapists

L. Gordon Crovitz   Serving readers over advertisers

Julia Beizer   A longer view on the pivot

Amy Webb   Listen to weak signals

Jassim Ahmad   Thriving on change

Andrew Ramsammy   The year ownership mattered

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

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

Evie Nagy   Pivot to mobile video frustration

Feli Sánchez   The year for guerrilla user research

Mary Meehan   Real lives are at stake in rural areas

Rodney Gibbs   Tech workers turn to journalism

Adam Thomas   Sharing is caring: The year of the mentor

Yvonne Leow   The rise of video messaging

Felix Salmon   Covering bitcoin while owning bitcoin

Cristina Wilson   The year of the Instagram Story

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

Daniel Trielli   The rich get richer, the poor scramble

Emily Goligoski   Looking beyond news for inspiration

C.W. Anderson   The social media apocalypse

Nicholas Quah   Stop talking trash about young people

Rick Berke   Value is the watchword

Kim Fox   Audience teams diversify their approach

Federica Cherubini   The rise of bridge roles in news organizations

Hossein Derakhshan   Television has won

Laura E. Davis   Writing answers before you know the question

Charo Henríquez   Training is an investment, not an expense

Mi-Ai Parrish   Blockchain and trust

Betsy O'Donovan and Melody Kramer   Skepticism and narcissism

Kawandeep Virdee   Zines had it right all along

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

Ernst-Jan Pfauth   Publishing less to give readers more

Imaeyen Ibanga   Longform video leads the way

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

Taylor Lorenz   Social and media will split

Rachel Davis Mersey   AI, with real smarts

David Skok   Finding an information-life balance

John Keefe   Scooped by AI

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

Amy King   Let’s amplify visual voice

Burt Herman   Things get real

Joanne McNeil   Gatekeeping the gatekeepers

Jamie Mottram   From pageviews to t-shirts

Kathleen McElroy   Building a news video experience native to mobile

Cindy Royal   Your journalism curriculum is obsolete

Nancy Watzman   Know thy TV

Sydette Harry   Listen to your corner and watch for the hook

Raju Narisetti   Mirror, mirror on the wall

Alexios Mantzarlis   Moving fake news research out of the lab

Kelsey Proud   No, no, no

Basile Simon   We need better career paths for news nerds

Nathalie Malinarich   Peak push

Zizi Papacharissi   Women come back

Tanya Cordrey   Finally, the seeds of radical reinvention

Pia Frey   Address users as individuals

Corey Johnson   The pro-fact resistance

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

Joyce Barnathan   It will be harder to bury the news

Vanessa K. DeLuca   Women’s voices take center stage

Nikki Usher   The year of The Washington Post

Rubina Madan Fillion   Unlocking the potential of AI

Sally Lehrman   Trust comes first

Jim Brady   With the people, not just of the people

Matt Carlson   Attacks on the press will get worse

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

An Xiao Mina   Memes and visuals come to the fore

Christopher Meighan   Passive partnership is in the rearview

Tim Carmody   Watch out for Spotify

Nicholas Diakopoulos   Fortifying social media from automated inauthenticity

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

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

Nushin Rashidian   Publishers seek ad dollar alternatives

Eric Nuzum   Beyond the narrative arc

Caitlin Thompson   Podcasting models mature and diversify

Pablo Boczkowski   The rise of skeptical reading

Monique Judge   Letting black women tell their own stories

Kinsey Wilson   Facebook and Google: Help out or pay up

Miguel Castro   The arrival of the impact producer

Carrie Brown-Smith   Transparency finally takes off

Sam Ford   The year of investing in processes

Elizabeth Jensen   Show your work

Joanne Lipman   Journalists inventing revenue streams

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