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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:

Kawandeep Virdee works on product at Medium.

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

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

Steve Henn   Smart speakers get smarter

Callie Schweitzer   The rise of the conveners

Sue Cross   Return of the water cooler

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

Justin Kosslyn   Text hits a tipping point

Jared Newman   AI-generated fakes launch a software arms race

Joe Amditis   Give the audience a seat at the table

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

Ole Reißmann   The rise of vertical storytelling

Gabriel Snyder   Journalism doesn’t fit well in a funnel

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

Bill Adair   Another year fighting Trump’s falsehoods

Jeff Chin   We detox from Chartbeat

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

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

Marie Shanahan   Newsrooms take the comments sections back from platforms

Jean Friedman Rudovsky   Cross-newsroom collaborations strengthen communities

Zuzanna Ziomecka   News leadership gets an overdue upgrade

Becca Aaronson   From bridge roles to product thinkers

LaToya Drake   Listen up: New stories, new storytellers

Kate Myers   Journalism continues to be bad for democracy

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

Ståle Grut   A new dawn for 3D tech in journalism

Kyra Darnton   A shift to depth in video

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

Peter Bale   Venture capital runs out of patience

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

Jeremy Gilbert   AI finally becomes helpful

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

Kawandeep Virdee   Media wants to take care of you

Ernst-Jan Pfauth   Readers are only getting started

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

Julie Posetti   The year of the fight back

Matt Skibinski   Quality and reliability are the new currencies for publishers

Julia Rubin   Meeting people where they are

Catalina Albeanu   Being responsible for what we don’t know

Celeste LeCompte   Local news needs local conversation to survive

Kevin D. Grant   A year to embrace journalism as public service

Jesse Brown   Canada’s subsidy for news backfires

Jim Friedlich   Meet Citizen Kane 2.0

Brian Moritz   The subscription-pocalypse is about to hit

Dheerja Kaur   A focus on problems, not platforms

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

Errin Haines   Say it with me: Racism

Rebecca Searles   From silos to Swiss Army knife teams

Rick Berke   The year of loyalty

Salem Solomon   Correcting our corrections

Sarah Alvarez   Simplify and redistribute

Jack Riley   Facebook refugees, from ad revenue to news habits

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

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

Zizi Papacharissi   Old interface, say hello to the new interface

Ben Smith   The pendulum starts to swing back

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

Gideon Lichfield   Goodbye attention economy, we’ll miss you

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

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

Jonathan Gill   Publishers build a common tech platform together

Rubina Madan Fillion   Fighting the reality of deepfakes

John Garrett   You can’t raise prices forever

Peter Cunliffe-Jones   The focus of misinformation debates shifts south

Greg Emerson   Power to the user

Andrew Ramsammy   The great re-pivot to audio

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

Geetika Rudra   The year of actionable (local) journalism

Ernie Smith   The year we step back from the platform

Soo Oh   Just showing our work isn’t enough

Renée Kaplan   Our future could lie within our own organizations

Ben Werdmuller   The platform tide is turning

Renan Borelli   Developing loyalty means developing your talent

John Saroff   The pivot to reader revenue’s unintended consequences

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

Nikki Usher   Three ways national media will further undermine trust

Juleyka Lantigua   Podcasting battles East Coast bias

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

Don Day   Timewalls and other reader revenue experiments

Andrew Donohue   Voting rights becomes the new climate change

Jake Shapiro   Podcasting is media’s slow food movement

Simon Rogers   Data journalism becomes a global field

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

Darryl Holliday   Let’s talk about power (yours)

Emma Carew Grovum   The year of the loyal reader

Masuma Ahuja   Make foreign coverage less foreign

Angèle Christin   Algorithms and the reflexive turn

Joshua P. Darr   The nationalization of political news will accelerate

Carl Bialik   Fatigued news consumers will pay more for less news

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

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

Reyhan Harmanci   Selling more stories to Hollywood

Almar Latour   Reported facts, weaponized in service of action

Ruth Palmer and Benjamin Toff   From news fatigue to news avoidance

Mariana Moura Santos   From pageviews to impact

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

Shalabh Upadhyay   A culture clash on India’s growing Internet

Mario García   The rise of content “pilots”

Monique Judge   Committing to the truth, calling out lies

Shannon McGregor   More bogus embedded tweets in our stories

Mike Caulfield   Ditch the media literacy cynicism and get to work

Taylor Lorenz   Personal branding is more powerful than ever

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

Adam Thomas   In Europe, foundations invest in news

Rodney Gibbs   A bright — and young — year for audio

Bill Grueskin   Toward a symphony model for local news

Sue Robinson   Reporters go on the offensive

Mat Yurow   Content competition from the tech companies

Linda Solomon Wood   The year of the climate reporter

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

Victor Pickard   We will finally confront systemic market failure

Kainaz Amaria   We consider who’s behind the camera

Knight Foundation   A year of local collaboration

Michael Rain   The year of the culturally relevant curator

Charo Henríquez   Pivot to journalism

Andrea Faye Hart   Doing less harm, not just more good

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

Carolina Guerrero   Spanish-language audio blows up

Tim Carmody   Unlocking the commons

Sarah Marshall   A return to destination journalism

Michael Grant   More newsrooms experiment their way to success

Talia Stroud   Engaging people across lines of difference

Seema Yasmin   We will create our own spaces

Joel Konopo   Influencers become the new liberated power in Africa

Stefanie Murray   Local news wakes up and starts collaborating

Alberto Cairo   A year of uncertainty and confidence

Pablo Boczkowski   Reimagining the media for post-institutional times

Dave Burdick   Seeing our blind spots

Nisha Chittal   The homepage makes a comeback

Nico Gendron   Reaching Generation Z beyond the coasts

Ariel Zirulnick   Participation gets professional

Nicholas Jackson   More transparency around newsroom decisions

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

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

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

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

Johannes Klingebiel   We all grow hooves

Craig Newmark   The end of “loudspeakers for liars”

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

Alexis Lloyd & Matt Boggie   The year product leads media

Rishad Patel   A design system for responsible publishing

P. Kim Bui   The misfits become the bosses

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

Eric Ulken   The year you actually start to like your CMS

Francesco Marconi   The year of iterative journalism

Heather Bryant   We are responsible for how we use our power

Alexandra Svokos   Good luck convincing us millennials to pay

Rachel Davis Mersey   Local news goes minimalist

Elizabeth Dunbar   Local reporters reflect on what’s not important

Elizabeth Jensen   Going where the Acela can’t take you

Joanne McNeil   Building a digital hospice

Heba Aly   The rise of international nonprofit news

Eric Nuzum   The year of the DIY podcast network

Mandy Jenkins   Fight the urge to run away from social media

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

Mandy Velez   Putting the social back in social media

Moreno Cruz Osório   Damaged credibility and a new threat in Brazil

Kristen Muller   Local news fails — in a good way

Thomas Hanitzsch   The rise of tribal journalism

Colleen Shalby   Representation becomes more than a talking point

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

Jonas Kaiser   Catching up with “Neuland”

M. Scott Havens   Time to swing for the fences

Kelsey Proud   Journalism becomes the escape

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

John Biewen   Podcasts keep getting better

Lauren Katz   Community becomes a core newsroom value

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

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

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

Dan Shanoff   Bet on sports gambling

Libby Bawcombe   Haikus of the news

Francesco Zaffarano   Towards a rethinking of journalism on social media

Cory Bergman   Journalism as a technology service

Christa Scharfenberg and Vickie Baranetsky   The year of the lawsuit

Annie Rudd   A more intimate aesthetic of politics — on Insta

Meredith Artley   Huge demand for…anything but politics

Chase Davis   We can acknowledge what we don’t know

Hearken   Pivot to people

Laura E. Davis   More access, but not that kind

Steve Grove   A reckoning for tech’s work with news

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

Elite Truong   What do we owe the next generation?

Matthew Pressman   The battle over objectivity intensifies

Logan Molyneux   Seeing social media for what it is

Adam Smith   Platforms will have to help rebuild trust in news

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

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

J. Siguru Wahutu   Think 2018 was bad? Wait until you see 2019

Patrick Butler   Measuring impact will increase audience trust

Borja Bergareche Sainz de los Terreros   Entering a more balanced era

Candis Callison   Learn from Indigenous journalists on covering climate change

Josh Schwartz   A pullback from platforms and a focus on product

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

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

Cherian George   Fake news wins in Asia

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

Winny de Jong   Data journalism goes undercover

Rachel Glickhouse   Newsrooms will prioritize audience needs

Nathalie Malinarich   Video — yes, video

Tamar Charney   Seriously: What do you do for people?

Robert Hernandez   Racists and sexists get replaced

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

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

Elva Ramirez   News — but make it cinematic

A.J. Bauer   The coming splintering of conservative media