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It’s the best time in a century to start a local news organization

“Most legacy executives have to embrace survival strategies — which leaves an opportunity of a lifetime for the risk-taker to take.”

We’ll all read about the impending doom of many of the publicly traded news organizations. To me, the really interesting thing to watch will be down below the surface. It’ll be hard to see all at once, but even with all of the fear, greed, and loss in our industry, something beautiful is happening to the news ecosystem.

It’s the best time in a century to start a local news organization. Most legacy executives have to embrace survival strategies — which leaves an opportunity of a lifetime for the risk-taker to take. There will be plenty of variables of structure and approach, but 2020 will be a tipping-point year for this new age of journalism ownership and stewardship.

We won’t hear about most of these startups. They’ll grind behind the scenes in communities everywhere. There’s just too much talent out there and too many opportunities to quell the rising of this new era of the news entrepreneur. In 2020, these new leaders will build their plans, gather their teams, and get to work — launching hundreds of new sources of local news. It’s going to be awesome.

We’ll all read about the impending doom of many of the publicly traded news organizations. To me, the really interesting thing to watch will be down below the surface. It’ll be hard to see all at once, but even with all of the fear, greed, and loss in our industry, something beautiful is happening to the news ecosystem.

It’s the best time in a century to start a local news organization. Most legacy executives have to embrace survival strategies — which leaves an opportunity of a lifetime for the risk-taker to take. There will be plenty of variables of structure and approach, but 2020 will be a tipping-point year for this new age of journalism ownership and stewardship.

We won’t hear about most of these startups. They’ll grind behind the scenes in communities everywhere. There’s just too much talent out there and too many opportunities to quell the rising of this new era of the news entrepreneur. In 2020, these new leaders will build their plans, gather their teams, and get to work — launching hundreds of new sources of local news. It’s going to be awesome.

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Sarah Alvarez   I’m ready for post-news

Tom Glaisyer   Journalism can emerge newly vibrant and powerful

Jennifer Brandel   A love letter from the year 2073

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Monica Drake   A renewed focus on misinformation

Jim Brady   We’ll complain about other people living in bubbles while ignoring our own

Brenda P. Salinas   Treating MP3 files like text

Dan Shanoff   Sports media enters the Bronny era

Kevin D. Grant   The free press stands against authoritarians’ attacks on truth

Matthew Pressman   News consumers divide into haves and have-nots

Jonas Kaiser   Russian bots are just today’s slacktivists

Matt DeRienzo   Local broadcasters begin to fill the gaps left by newspapers

Mario García   Think small (screen)

Don Day   Respect the non-paying audience

Peter Bale   Lies get further normalized

Stefanie Murray   Charitable giving goes collaborative

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Joe Amditis   Collaborative journalism takes its rightful place at the table

Rachel Glickhouse   Journalists get left behind in the industry’s decline

Bill Grueskin   Our ethics codes get an overhaul

Greg Emerson   News apps fall further behind

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Carrie Brown-Smith   Engaged journalism: It’s finally happening

Kathleen Searles   Pay more attention to attention

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Sarah Marshall   The year to learn about news moments

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Monique Judge   The year to organize, unionize, and fight

Jakob Moll   A slow-moving tech backlash among young people

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Annie Rudd   The expanded ambiguity of the news photograph

Craig Newmark   Formalizing newsrooms’ battle against disinformation

Knight Foundation   Five generations of journalists, learning from each other

Mira Lowe   The year of student-powered journalism

Tamar Charney   From broadcast to bespoke

Bill Adair   A Nobel Prize, a Brad Pitt film, and a Taylor Swift song

Madelyn Sanfilippo and Yafit Lev-Aretz   News coverage gets geo-fragmented

Josh Schwartz   Publishers move beyond the metered paywall

Mary Walter-Brown and Tristan Loper   Power to the people (on your audience team)

Kourtney Bitterly   Transparency isn’t just a desire, it’s an expectation

Lucas Graves   A smarter conversation about how (and why) fact-checking matters

Adam Thomas   The silver bullet

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Jeff Kofman   Speed through technology

Nicholas Jackson   What’s left of local gets comfortable with reader support

Francesco Zaffarano   TikTok without generational prejudice

Felix Salmon   Spotify launches a news channel

Eric Nuzum   Podcasting finally creates another mega-hit show

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Sara K. Baranowski   A big year for little newspapers

Victor Pickard   We reclaim a public good

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Carl Bialik   Journalists will try running the whole shop

Ståle Grut   OSINT journalism goes mainstream

Alexandra Borchardt   Get out of the office and talk to people

Millie Tran   Wicked

Whitney Phillips   A time to question core beliefs

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Elizabeth Hansen and Jesse Holcomb   Local news initiatives run into a capital shortage

Heidi Tworek   The year of positive pushback

Kerri Hoffman   Opening closed systems

Richard Tofel   A constraint of the reader-revenue model emerges

Lauren Duca   The rise of the journalistic influencer

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Brian Moritz   The end of “stick to sports”

Pablo Boczkowski   The day after November 4

Anthony Nadler   Clash of Clans: Election Edition

Mike Caulfield   Native verification tools for the blue checkmark crowd

Marie Gilot   This is fine

Doris Truong   The year of radical salary transparency

Cristina Kim   Public media stops trying to serve “everybody”

Sarah Schmalbach   Journalist, quantify thyself

Masuma Ahuja   Slower, quieter, more measured and thoughtful

Joanne McNeil   A return to blogs (finally? sort of?)

A.J. Bauer   A fork in the road for conservative media

Dannagal G. Young   Let’s disrupt the logic that’s driving Americans apart

Laura E. Davis   Know the context your journalism is operating within

Alana Levinson   Brand-backed media gets another look

John Garrett   It’s the best time in a century to start a local news organization

Jasmine McNealy   A call for context

Fiona Spruill   The climate crisis gets the coverage it deserves

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Helen Havlak   Platforms shine a light on original reporting

Imaeyen Ibanga   Let’s take it slow

Jake Shapiro   Podcasting gets listener relationship management

Simon Galperin   Journalism becomes more democratic

Heather Bryant   Some kinds of journalism aren’t worth saving

Nushin Rashidian   Are platforms a bridge or a lifeline?

Julia B. Chan   We 👏 take 👏 breaks 👏

Linda Solomon Wood   Everyone in your organization, moving toward a common goal

Catalina Albeanu   Rebuilding journalism, together

John Keefe   Journalism gets hacked

Ben Werdmuller   Use the tools of journalism to save it

AX Mina   The Forum we wanted, the forum we got

Christa Scharfenberg   It’s time to make journalism a field that supports and respects women

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen   The business we want, not the business we had

Errin Haines   Race and gender aren’t a 2020 story — they’re the story

Juleyka Lantigua   A changing industry amps up podcasters’ ambitions

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Rachel Schallom   The value of push alerts goes beyond open rates

Kristen Muller   The year we operationalize community engagement

J. Siguru Wahutu   Western journalists, learn from your African peers

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Geneva Overholser   Death to bothsidesism

Colleen Shalby   Journalists become media literacy teachers

Sarah Stonbely   More people start caring about news inequality

Steve Henn   The dawning audio web

Emily Withrow   The year we kill the news article

Michael W. Wagner   Increasingly fractured, but little bit deliberative

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Joni Deutsch   Podcasting unsilences the silent

Nico Gendron   Make better products if you want to reach Gen Z

Meredith Artley   Stronger solidarity among news organizations

Rick Berke   Incoming fire from both left and right

Cory Haik   We’re already consuming the future of news — now we have to produce it

Seth C. Lewis   20 questions for 2020

Gordon Crovitz   Fighting misinformation requires journalism, not secret algorithms