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Huge demand for…anything but politics

“We’ve been moving away from the publishing of static web pages for some time. We’ll now move away from putting our distribution in the hands of others.”

My 10 predictions for 2019:

1. News organizations will focus on owning their data and their destiny. The futile effort of asking platforms “May I please have my audience data please?” will cease in favor of defining and prioritizing success on our own platforms and on our own terms.

2. Transparency efforts will increase. I’m part of a group convened by the Knight Foundation and the Aspen Institute to explore media, trust, and democracy. One finding in our upcoming report is the importance of showing your work and demystifying the journalistic process. Campaigns like “Facts First” from CNN and that ominous “Democracy Dies in Darkness” from The Washington Post are critical brand messages. In 2019, we’ll go a step further and see more of the “how we got the story” genre, more overt explanations of the connection between journalism and democracy, and more clarity around what we change in our stories and why.

3. There will be great momentum to break away from the addictive nature of endless and empty feeds. Journalists will engage more with audiences and communities they seek to serve. More time will be spent out from behind screens, connecting with people IRL or using digital tools to connect at a more personal level.

4. Digital programming and distribution will get more nuanced, and more fun. We’ve been moving away from the publishing of static web pages for some time. We’ll now move away from putting our distribution in the hands of others. 2019 will bring more experiments with adaptive programming and content recommendation services.

5. Climate coverage will amp up and breakthrough. It’s past time. Audience interest is there. So is the urgency — the 2030 IPCC report was a big wakeup call. This is the year to go broader and deeper on all aspects of the climate change story. We’ll see better daily coverage and more head-turning enterprise and investigations.

6. There will be big swings in all things politics. 2019 is no prep year for the 2020 election — it’s game on. We’ll see more investigative reporting plus new ideas and innovative approaches to covering the campaign, the White House, and this remarkable moment in American and world history.

7. Newsletters up. Podcasts down.

8. 2019 will be the year of the deepfake. It will therefore be the year journalists — and hopefully audiences — get literate, trained up, and ready to combat the next level of disinformation.

9. Because Trump and all things politics will continue to dominate the news cycle, 2019 will also be the year of counterprogramming. Anyone with a Chartbeat account can see audiences crave a mix of nonpolitical news. Doing this well is important for our audiences and for the business of journalism.

10. Security and privacy will continue to be a concern. There’s a lot of carelessness still going on (password = “password,” anyone?) and bad actors are still at large. I predict we won’t see good news on this in 2019, but rather more hacks and a greater interest in what people, businesses, and governments can do to protect themselves.

Meredith Artley is editor-in-chief and senior vice president of CNN Digital Worldwide.

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Jesse Holcomb   We’ll get better at making the case for local journalism

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Jonathan Stray   More algorithmic accountability reporting, and a lot of it will be meh

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Michael Rain   The year of the culturally relevant curator

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Greg Emerson   Power to the user

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Ben Werdmuller   The platform tide is turning

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Eric Nuzum   The year of the DIY podcast network

Alyssa Zeisler   We expand what (and how and who) we serve

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Sarah Alvarez   Simplify and redistribute

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Sue Cross   Return of the water cooler

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Chase Davis   We can acknowledge what we don’t know

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Ole Reißmann   The rise of vertical storytelling

Brian Moritz   The subscription-pocalypse is about to hit

Elite Truong   What do we owe the next generation?

Libby Bawcombe   Haikus of the news

Becca Aaronson   From bridge roles to product thinkers

Matt Skibinski   Quality and reliability are the new currencies for publishers

Mike Caulfield   Ditch the media literacy cynicism and get to work

Kelsey Proud   Journalism becomes the escape

Catalina Albeanu   Being responsible for what we don’t know

Annie Rudd   A more intimate aesthetic of politics — on Insta

Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau   A more sincere definition of “community”

Borja Bergareche Sainz de los Terreros   Entering a more balanced era

Nathalie Malinarich   Video — yes, video

Axie Navas   The traffic hunt, CMS battle, and magazine identity crises loom

Bill Adair   Another year fighting Trump’s falsehoods

Carrie Brown-Smith   Advocating a healthy civic life is no journalistic crime

Patrick Butler   Measuring impact will increase audience trust

Andrea Faye Hart   Doing less harm, not just more good

Almar Latour   Reported facts, weaponized in service of action

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Steve Grove   A reckoning for tech’s work with news

A.J. Bauer   The coming splintering of conservative media

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Elisabeth Goodridge   Yes, they signed up — but our job’s not over

Heba Aly   The rise of international nonprofit news

Andrew Donohue   Voting rights becomes the new climate change

Mat Yurow   Content competition from the tech companies

Robert Hernandez   Racists and sexists get replaced

Tim Carmody   Unlocking the commons

Taylor Lorenz   Personal branding is more powerful than ever

Nisha Chittal   The homepage makes a comeback

Monique Judge   Committing to the truth, calling out lies

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Reyhan Harmanci   Selling more stories to Hollywood

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Kawandeep Virdee   Media wants to take care of you

Michael Grant   More newsrooms experiment their way to success

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Joe Amditis   Give the audience a seat at the table

Bill Grueskin   Toward a symphony model for local news

Peter Cunliffe-Jones   The focus of misinformation debates shifts south

Matthew Pressman   The battle over objectivity intensifies

Elizabeth Dunbar   Local reporters reflect on what’s not important

Salem Solomon   Correcting our corrections

Cory Bergman   Journalism as a technology service

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Jared Newman   AI-generated fakes launch a software arms race

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John Garrett   You can’t raise prices forever

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Elizabeth Jensen   Going where the Acela can’t take you

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Mike Isaac   The old exit doors for digital media companies are closing

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Amy Schmitz Weiss   Local news isn’t where you thought it was

Jim Friedlich   Meet Citizen Kane 2.0

Talia Stroud   Engaging people across lines of difference

Christa Scharfenberg and Vickie Baranetsky   The year of the lawsuit

Adam Smith   Platforms will have to help rebuild trust in news

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