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You can’t raise prices forever

“The last five years of raising subscription prices will begin to slow down as newspaper executives begin to notice even their most loyal subscribers have a price they will not pay.”

The legacy newspaper organizations’ trouble will continue as they struggle with the demands of implementing difficult digital-first strategies as their print business continues to erode. The last five years of raising subscription prices will begin to slow down as newspaper executives begin to notice even their most loyal subscribers have a price they will not pay — and they notice their current circulation is still a solid audience to sell to advertisers.

The growing need for quality community journalism will continue to drive entrepreneurial work to fill in the gaps left by legacy news groups and their cost-cutting moves. More independent, local journalism efforts will launch than ever before, both online and print, with a surprising uplift of local business advertising supporting the efforts to create healthy local journalism efforts. Community-supported journalism will have a good year.

A commitment to building awareness and content distribution outside the hold of Facebook will give NextDoor a tremendous opportunity to provide local journalists with a platform for engagement and news dissemination — before, succumbing to the needs of its investors, it goes crazy and messes it up, too.

Finally, the pivot-to-digital-agency strategy will be buried next to its ugly cousin pivot-to-video by the end of 2019.

A.J. Bauer   The coming splintering of conservative media

Soo Oh   Just showing our work isn’t enough

Zizi Papacharissi   Old interface, say hello to the new interface

Craig Newmark   The end of “loudspeakers for liars”

Zuzanna Ziomecka   News leadership gets an overdue upgrade

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

Alexis Lloyd & Matt Boggie   The year product leads media

Monique Judge   Committing to the truth, calling out lies

Rick Berke   The year of loyalty

Rachel Davis Mersey   Local news goes minimalist

Kelsey Proud   Journalism becomes the escape

Juleyka Lantigua-Williams   Podcasting battles East Coast bias

Steve Henn   Smart speakers get smarter

Moreno Cruz Osório   Damaged credibility and a new threat in Brazil

Don Day   Timewalls and other reader revenue experiments

Rodney Gibbs   A bright — and young — year for audio

Mat Yurow   Content competition from the tech companies

Steve Grove   A reckoning for tech’s work with news

Eric Nuzum   The year of the DIY podcast network

Jared Newman   AI-generated fakes launch a software arms race

Reyhan Harmanci   Selling more stories to Hollywood

Kainaz Amaria   We consider who’s behind the camera

Jack Riley   Facebook refugees, from ad revenue to news habits

Heba Aly   The rise of international nonprofit news

M. Scott Havens   Time to swing for the fences

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

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

Jeff Chin   We detox from Chartbeat

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

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

Dheerja Kaur   A focus on problems, not platforms

Ernie Smith   The year we step back from the platform

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

Tamar Charney   Seriously: What do you do for people?

Josh Schwartz   A pullback from platforms and a focus on product

Heather Bryant   We are responsible for how we use our power

Angèle Christin   Algorithms and the reflexive turn

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

Ruth Palmer and Benjamin Toff   From news fatigue to news avoidance

Hearken   Pivot to people

Gideon Lichfield   Goodbye attention economy, we’ll miss you

Dave Burdick   Seeing our blind spots

Meredith Artley   Huge demand for…anything but politics

Rebecca Searles   From silos to Swiss Army knife teams

Mandy Jenkins   Fight the urge to run away from social media

Sue Robinson   Reporters go on the offensive

Darryl Holliday   Let’s talk about power (yours)

Nisha Chittal   The homepage makes a comeback

Kyra Darnton   A shift to depth in video

Emma Carew Grovum   The year of the loyal reader

Logan Molyneux   Seeing social media for what it is

Cherian George   Fake news wins in Asia

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

Joshua Darr   The nationalization of political news will accelerate

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

Jesse Brown   Canada’s subsidy for news backfires

Celeste LeCompte   Local news needs local conversation to survive

Renée Kaplan   Our future could lie within our own organizations

Alberto Cairo   A year of uncertainty and confidence

Kawandeep Virdee   Media wants to take care of you

Sue Cross   Return of the water cooler

Michael Grant   More newsrooms experiment their way to success

Elite Truong   What do we owe the next generation?

Peter Cunliffe-Jones   The focus of misinformation debates shifts south

LaToya Drake   Listen up: New stories, new storytellers

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

Thomas Hanitzsch   The rise of tribal journalism

Seema Yasmin   We will create our own spaces

Ben Werdmuller   The platform tide is turning

Renan Borelli   Developing loyalty means developing your talent

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

Gabriel Snyder   Journalism doesn’t fit well in a funnel

Errin Haines Whack   Say it with me: Racism

Jeremy Gilbert   AI finally becomes helpful

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

Jake Shapiro   Podcasting is media’s slow food movement

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

John Biewen   Podcasts keep getting better

Stefanie Murray   Local news wakes up and starts collaborating

Almar Latour   Reported facts, weaponized in service of action

Chase Davis   We can acknowledge what we don’t know

Francesco Zaffarano   Towards a rethinking of journalism on social media

Andrew Ramsammy   The great re-pivot to audio

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

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

Bill Adair   Another year fighting Trump’s falsehoods

P. Kim Bui   The misfits become the bosses

Shannon McGregor   More bogus embedded tweets in our stories

Dan Shanoff   Bet on sports gambling

Ole Reißmann   The rise of vertical storytelling

Libby Bawcombe   Haikus of the news

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

Kevin Douglas Grant   A year to embrace journalism as public service

Pablo Boczkowski   Reimagining the media for post-institutional times

Adam Smith   Platforms will have to help rebuild trust in news

Rishad Patel   A design system for responsible publishing

Rachel Glickhouse   Newsrooms will prioritize audience needs

Rubina Madan Fillion   Fighting the reality of deepfakes

Mariana Moura Santos   From pageviews to impact

Salem Solomon   Correcting our corrections

Carl Bialik   Fatigued news consumers will pay more for less news

Christa Scharfenberg and Vickie Baranetsky   The year of the lawsuit

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

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

Annie Rudd   A more intimate aesthetic of politics — on Insta

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

Ståle Grut   A new dawn for 3D tech in journalism

Geetika Rudra   The year of actionable (local) journalism

Jim Friedlich   Meet Citizen Kane 2.0

Joel Konopo   Influencers become the new liberated power in Africa

Alexandra Svokos   Good luck convincing us millennials to pay

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

Simon Rogers   Data journalism becomes a global field

Julia Rubin   Meeting people where they are

Greg Emerson   Power to the user

Talia Stroud   Engaging people across lines of difference

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

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

John Garrett   You can’t raise prices forever

Jean Friedman Rudovsky   Cross-newsroom collaborations strengthen communities

Nikki Usher   Three ways national media will further undermine trust

Sarah Alvarez   Simplify and redistribute

Francesco Marconi   The year of iterative journalism

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

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

Julie Posetti   The year of the fight back

Shalabh Upadhyay   A culture clash on India’s growing Internet

Elva Ramirez   News — but make it cinematic

Joanne McNeil   Building a digital hospice

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

Colleen Shalby   Representation becomes more than a talking point

Justin Kosslyn   Text hits a tipping point

Jonathan Gill   Publishers build a common tech platform together

Sarah Marshall   A return to destination journalism

Taylor Lorenz   Personal branding is more powerful than ever

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

Ariel Zirulnick   Participation gets professional

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

Nathalie Malinarich   Video — yes, video

Andrew Donohue   Voting rights becomes the new climate change

Eric Ulken   The year you actually start to like your CMS

Kristen Muller   Local news fails — in a good way

Patrick Butler   Measuring impact will increase audience trust

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

Mike Caulfield   Ditch the media literacy cynicism and get to work

Bill Grueskin   Toward a symphony model for local news

Peter Bale   Venture capital runs out of patience

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

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

Callie Schweitzer   The rise of the conveners

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

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

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

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

Victor Pickard   We will finally confront systemic market failure

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

Jonas Kaiser   Catching up with “Neuland”

Candis Callison   Learn from Indigenous journalists on covering climate change

Elizabeth Dunbar   Local reporters reflect on what’s not important

Knight Foundation   A year of local collaboration

Michael Rain   The year of the culturally relevant curator

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

Robert Hernandez   Racists and sexists get replaced

Linda Solomon Wood   The year of the climate reporter

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

Johannes Klingebiel   We all grow hooves

Lauren Katz   Community becomes a core newsroom value

Masuma Ahuja   Make foreign coverage less foreign

Adam Thomas   In Europe, foundations invest in news

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

John Saroff   The pivot to reader revenue’s unintended consequences

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

Matt Skibinski   Quality and reliability are the new currencies for publishers

Cătălina Albeanu   Being responsible for what we don’t know

Nico Gendron   Reaching Generation Z beyond the coasts

Andrea Faye Hart   Doing less harm, not just more good

Ernst-Jan Pfauth   Readers are only getting started

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

Brian Moritz   The subscription-pocalypse is about to hit

Borja Bergareche Sainz de los Terreros   Entering a more balanced era

Nicholas Jackson   More transparency around newsroom decisions

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

Cory Bergman   Journalism as a technology service

Joe Amditis   Give the audience a seat at the table

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

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

Becca Aaronson   From bridge roles to product thinkers

Marie Shanahan   Newsrooms take the comments sections back from platforms

Mario García   The rise of content “pilots”

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

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

Winny de Jong   Data journalism goes undercover

Carolina Guerrero   Spanish-language audio blows up

Kate Myers   Journalism continues to be bad for democracy

Mandy Velez   Putting the social back in social media

Laura E. Davis   More access, but not that kind

Tim Carmody   Unlocking the commons

Elizabeth Jensen   Going where the Acela can’t take you

Charo Henríquez   Pivot to journalism

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

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

Matthew Pressman   The battle over objectivity intensifies

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

Ben Smith   The pendulum starts to swing back

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