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Media wants to take care of you

“To inform readers means to also support readers’ care for themselves.”

Media wants your attention. You’re getting value too, but mostly it cares about the attention. We’re well informed, but there’s also all these other side effects. I have illustrated them here:

This is unhealthy. Readers are flattened into the need to be informed and entertained, ignoring the rest of the self. Media companies are finding fresh ways to create value by taking into account more of the reader’s needs. Recently there have been inspiring examples of media that wants to take care of you. This is something we really need in the world right now.

Girls Night In is a newsletter for women that arrives every Friday morning with self-care tips, making it feel okay to stay in and take care of yourself. #100DaysofAndNotOr by katie zhu is a series that explores “the seemingly opposing facets of life, relationships, and identity” and in many ways is immenself validating and illuminating of personal experiences.

Last year I wrote about zines, a format that is rich with material on care. A few highlights I’ve found over the year including Couldn’t Afford Therapy by Lawrence Lindell and A Guide to Writing Yourself by Victoria Emanuela and Caitlin Metz.

Anecdotally, it feels as if The New York Times’ Smarter Living has been appearing more frequently on the homepage. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the case: It’s an important balance to everything we’re reading in the news. Look at this stunning animation.

To inform readers means to also support readers’ care for themselves. In 2019, we’ll have more:

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Andrew Ramsammy   The great re-pivot to audio

Winny de Jong   Data journalism goes undercover

Geetika Rudra   The year of actionable (local) journalism

Rachel Davis Mersey   Local news goes minimalist

Jonas Kaiser   Catching up with “Neuland”

Cindy Royal   For journalism curriculum to change, its faculty needs disruption

Steve Grove   A reckoning for tech’s work with news

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

Ariel Zirulnick   Participation gets professional

Eric Nuzum   The year of the DIY podcast network

Pablo Boczkowski   Reimagining the media for post-institutional times

Francesco Zaffarano   Towards a rethinking of journalism on social media

Craig Newmark   The end of “loudspeakers for liars”

Reyhan Harmanci   Selling more stories to Hollywood

Renan Borelli   Developing loyalty means developing your talent

Nathalie Malinarich   Video — yes, video

Seema Yasmin   We will create our own spaces

Patrick Butler   Measuring impact will increase audience trust

Steve Henn   Smart speakers get smarter

Matt Karolian   Publishers come to terms with being Facebook’s enablers

Matt Skibinski   Quality and reliability are the new currencies for publishers

Joe Amditis   Give the audience a seat at the table

Heather Bryant   We are responsible for how we use our power

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

Shannon McGregor   More bogus embedded tweets in our stories

Kate Myers   Journalism continues to be bad for democracy

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen   A long, slow slog, with no one coming to the rescue

Bill Grueskin   Toward a symphony model for local news

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

Julia Rubin   Meeting people where they are

Raney Aronson-Rath   We learn “digital” doesn’t have to mean “short”

Mike Caulfield   Ditch the media literacy cynicism and get to work

Rishad Patel   A design system for responsible publishing

Salem Solomon   Correcting our corrections

Brian Moritz   The subscription-pocalypse is about to hit

Mandy Jenkins   Fight the urge to run away from social media

Heba Aly   The rise of international nonprofit news

Darryl Holliday   Let’s talk about power (yours)

Renée Kaplan   Our future could lie within our own organizations

Joshua Darr   The nationalization of political news will accelerate

Alexandra Borchardt   Newsrooms need to build trust with their journalists, not just the audience

Peter Cunliffe-Jones   The focus of misinformation debates shifts south

Mario García   The rise of content “pilots”

Lauren Katz   Community becomes a core newsroom value

Millie Tran   There is no magic — you’ve got this

Mat Yurow   Content competition from the tech companies

Carl Bialik   Fatigued news consumers will pay more for less news

Monique Judge   Committing to the truth, calling out lies

Libby Bawcombe   Haikus of the news

Juleyka Lantigua-Williams   Podcasting battles East Coast bias

Soo Oh   Just showing our work isn’t enough

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

Rebecca Lee Sanchez   We are all actors in the running rampant of political theater

Dheerja Kaur   A focus on problems, not platforms

Alberto Cairo   A year of uncertainty and confidence

Sarah Marshall   A return to destination journalism

Jake Shapiro   Podcasting is media’s slow food movement

Cherian George   Fake news wins in Asia

Victor Pickard   We will finally confront systemic market failure

Francesco Marconi   The year of iterative journalism

Linda Solomon Wood   The year of the climate reporter

LaToya Drake   Listen up: New stories, new storytellers

Adam B. Ellick   Video forensic reporting goes mainstream — and local

Zuzanna Ziomecka   News leadership gets an overdue upgrade

Zainab Khan   Publishers whose products can stand up to social media giants will win

Glyn Mottershead and Martin Chorley   When a tech company pulls the plug on your story

james Wahutu   Think 2018 was bad? Wait until you see 2019

Gideon Lichfield   Goodbye attention economy, we’ll miss you

Candis Callison   Learn from Indigenous journalists on covering climate change

Ruth Palmer and Benjamin Toff   From news fatigue to news avoidance

Sue Robinson   Reporters go on the offensive

Tushar Banerjee   Interactive ads will be the new face of display advertising

Angèle Christin   Algorithms and the reflexive turn

Julie Posetti   The year of the fight back

Ole Reißmann   The rise of vertical storytelling

Amy King   We should listen to the kids (especially on Instagram)

Frank Mungeam   Tonight at 11: News, sports, and climate change

Stephanie Edgerly   It’s time to understand the un-audience

Simon Rogers   Data journalism becomes a global field

Kelsey Proud   Journalism becomes the escape

Jonathan Gill   Publishers build a common tech platform together

Ben Werdmuller   The platform tide is turning

Colleen Shalby   Representation becomes more than a talking point

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

Taylor Lorenz   Personal branding is more powerful than ever

Eric Ulken   The year you actually start to like your CMS

Alexandra Svokos   Good luck convincing us millennials to pay

Tamar Charney   Seriously: What do you do for people?

Shalabh Upadhyay   A culture clash on India’s growing Internet

Joel Konopo   Influencers become the new liberated power in Africa

Cory Bergman   Journalism as a technology service

Alexis Lloyd & Matt Boggie   The year product leads media

Emma Carew Grovum   The year of the loyal reader

Mariana Moura Santos   From pageviews to impact

Ernst-Jan Pfauth   Readers are only getting started

Becca Aaronson   From bridge roles to product thinkers

Christa Scharfenberg and Vickie Baranetsky   The year of the lawsuit

Josh Schwartz   A pullback from platforms and a focus on product

Chase Davis   We can acknowledge what we don’t know

Rubina Madan Fillion   Fighting the reality of deepfakes

Elite Truong   What do we owe the next generation?

Moreno Cruz Osório   Damaged credibility and a new threat in Brazil

Kjerstin Thorson   Time to get mad about information inequality (again)

Charo Henríquez   Pivot to journalism

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

Don Day   Timewalls and other reader revenue experiments

Adam Thomas   In Europe, foundations invest in news

John Garrett   You can’t raise prices forever

Matthew Pressman   The battle over objectivity intensifies

Manoush Zomorodi   Tech will do for information overload what it did for mindfulness

Callie Schweitzer   The rise of the conveners

Cristi Hegranes   A year to invest in the security of local journalists

Whitney Phillips   Our information systems aren’t broken — they’re working as intended

Kainaz Amaria   We consider who’s behind the camera

Joanne McNeil   Building a digital hospice

Jack Riley   Facebook refugees, from ad revenue to news habits

P. Kim Bui   The misfits become the bosses

Stefanie Murray   Local news wakes up and starts collaborating

Rodney Gibbs   A bright — and young — year for audio

Jim Friedlich   Meet Citizen Kane 2.0

Mandy Velez   Putting the social back in social media

Mike Rispoli and Craig Aaron   Government funds local news — and that’s a good thing

Thomas Hanitzsch   The rise of tribal journalism

Celeste LeCompte   Local news needs local conversation to survive

Ståle Grut   A new dawn for 3D tech in journalism

Michael Rain   The year of the culturally relevant curator

Gabriel Snyder   Journalism doesn’t fit well in a funnel

Steve Myers   From trying to cover it all to covering what matters

Betsy O'Donovan and Melody Kramer   The most beautiful sentence in 2019 is “No.”

Efrat Nechushtai   Journalism wants to be your friend, not your teacher

Almar Latour   Reported facts, weaponized in service of action

Kawandeep Virdee   Media wants to take care of you

Jeff Chin   We detox from Chartbeat

Elva Ramirez   News — but make it cinematic

Zizi Papacharissi   Old interface, say hello to the new interface

Heather Chaplin   Agree we’re partisan — for the democratic system

Talia Stroud   Engaging people across lines of difference

An Xiao Mina   The death of consensus, not the death of truth

Robert Hernandez   Racists and sexists get replaced

Nicholas Jackson   More transparency around newsroom decisions

Peter Bale   Venture capital runs out of patience

Matt Waite   “I went to Node.js because I wished to live deliberately”

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

John Saroff   The pivot to reader revenue’s unintended consequences

Nisha Chittal   The homepage makes a comeback

Tim Carmody   Unlocking the commons

Michael Grant   More newsrooms experiment their way to success

Johannes Klingebiel   We all grow hooves

Tshepo Tshabalala   Ahead of African elections, unlock partnerships with fact-checkers

Dave Burdick   Seeing our blind spots

Kristen Muller   Local news fails — in a good way

Robin Kwong   Tech shouldn’t be the only field pollinating “news nerds”

A.J. Bauer   The coming splintering of conservative media

Jennifer Dargan   You don’t build diversity through one-off training sessions

Errin Haines   Say it with me: Racism

Ben Smith   The pendulum starts to swing back

Frank Chimero   Leave the phone at home and put news on your wrist

Rebecca Searles   From silos to Swiss Army knife teams

Andrea Faye Hart   Doing less harm, not just more good

Elizabeth Dunbar   Local reporters reflect on what’s not important

Dan Shanoff   Bet on sports gambling

Jared Newman   AI-generated fakes launch a software arms race

Kyra Darnton   A shift to depth in video

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

Tyler Fisher   This is journalism’s do-or-die moment

Claire Wardle   Forget deepfakes: Misinformation is showing up in our most personal online spaces

Laura E. Davis   More access, but not that kind

Andrew Donohue   Voting rights becomes the new climate change

Hearken   Pivot to people

Annie Rudd   A more intimate aesthetic of politics — on Insta

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

Umbreen Bhatti   The story doesn’t end for the people we quote

Masuma Ahuja   Make foreign coverage less foreign

Justin Kosslyn   Text hits a tipping point

Rachel Glickhouse   Newsrooms will prioritize audience needs

Sarah Alvarez   Simplify and redistribute

Pia Frey   You can’t solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis

Jeremy Gilbert   AI finally becomes helpful

Jean Friedman Rudovsky   Cross-newsroom collaborations strengthen communities

Hossein Derakhshan   The news is dying, but journalism will not — and should not

John Biewen   Podcasts keep getting better

Angilee Shah   The year news orgs say “yes” to real leaders

Knight Foundation   A year of local collaboration

Elizabeth Jensen   Going where the Acela can’t take you

Borja Bergareche Sainz de los Terreros   Entering a more balanced era

Sarah Stonbely   Mapping the local news ecosystem — with scale but detail

Seth C. Lewis   The gap between journalism and research is too wide

Nico Gendron   Reaching Generation Z beyond the coasts

Adam Smith   Platforms will have to help rebuild trust in news

Marie Shanahan   Newsrooms take the comments sections back from platforms

Logan Molyneux   Seeing social media for what it is

Jesse Brown   Canada’s subsidy for news backfires

Jenée Desmond-Harris   It finally sinks in that some people aren’t white

Nikki Usher   Three ways national media will further undermine trust

Ernie Smith   The year we step back from the platform

Greg Emerson   Power to the user

Catalina Albeanu   Being responsible for what we don’t know

Carolina Guerrero   Spanish-language audio blows up

Bill Adair   Another year fighting Trump’s falsehoods

Meredith Artley   Huge demand for…anything but politics

Kevin Douglas Grant   A year to embrace journalism as public service

Simon Galperin   After capitalism’s fire, journalism’s secondary succession

M. Scott Havens   Time to swing for the fences

Rick Berke   The year of loyalty

Sue Cross   Return of the water cooler