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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.

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

L. Gordon Crovitz   Fighting misinformation requires journalism, not secret algorithms

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

Mario García   Think small (screen)

Alexandra Borchardt   Get out of the office and talk to people

Cindy Royal   Prepare media students for skills, not job titles

Barbara Gray   Join local libraries on the frontlines of civic engagement

Colleen Shalby   Journalists become media literacy teachers

Nathalie Malinarich   Betting on loyalty

Stefanie Murray   Charitable giving goes collaborative

Richard J. Tofel   A constraint of the reader-revenue model emerges

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

Greg Emerson   News apps fall further behind

Heather Bryant   Some kinds of journalism aren’t worth saving

Juleyka Lantigua-Williams   A changing industry amps up podcasters’ ambitions

Sarah Marshall   The year to learn about news moments

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

Matthew Pressman   News consumers divide into haves and have-nots

Jake Shapiro   Podcasting gets listener relationship management

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

Ben Werdmuller   Use the tools of journalism to save it

Cristina Kim   Public media stops trying to serve “everybody”

Carl Bialik   Journalists will try running the whole shop

Sarah Stonbely   More people start caring about news inequality

Mariana Moura Santos   The future of journalism is collaborative

Rick Berke   Incoming fire from both left and right

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

An Xiao Mina   The Forum we wanted, the forum we got

Julia B. Chan   We 👏 take 👏 breaks 👏

Jonas Kaiser   Russian bots are just today’s slacktivists

Craig Newmark   Formalizing newsrooms’ battle against disinformation

Sonali Prasad   Climate change storytelling gets multidimensional

Doris Truong   The year of radical salary transparency

Geneva Overholser   Death to bothsidesism

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

Imaeyen Ibanga   Let’s take it slow

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

Mike Caulfield   Native verification tools for the blue checkmark crowd

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

Victor Pickard   We reclaim a public good

Talia Stroud   The work of reconnecting starts November 4

Emily Withrow   The year we kill the news article

Irving Washington   Leadership isn’t something you learn on the job

Ernie Smith   The death of the industry fad

Steve Henn   The dawning audio web

John Keefe   Journalism gets hacked

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

Kathleen Searles   Pay more attention to attention

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

james Wahutu   Western journalists, learn from your African peers

Joshua Darr   All that campaign cash will make the media’s problems worse

Alana Levinson   Brand-backed media gets another look

Tonya Mosley   The neutrality vs. objectivity game ends

Sarah Alvarez   I’m ready for post-news

Michael W. Wagner   Increasingly fractured, but little bit deliberative

Bill Grueskin   Our ethics codes get an overhaul

Heidi Tworek   The year of positive pushback

Sue Robinson   Campaign coverage as test bed for engagement experiments

Raney Aronson-Rath   News deserts will proliferate — but so will new solutions

Marie Gilot   This is fine

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

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

Pablo Boczkowski   The day after November 4

S. Mitra Kalita   The race to 2021

Knight Foundation   Five generations of journalists, learning from each other

Fiona Spruill   The climate crisis gets the coverage it deserves

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

Masuma Ahuja   Slower, quieter, more measured and thoughtful

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

Jeff Kofman   Speed through technology

Jakob Moll   A slow-moving tech backlash among young people

Sara K. Baranowski   A big year for little newspapers

Meg Marco   Everything happens somewhere

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

Eric Nuzum   Podcasting finally creates another mega-hit show

Beena Raghavendran   The year of the local engagement reporter

Rachel Schallom   The value of push alerts goes beyond open rates

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

Brenda P. Salinas   Treating MP3 files like text

Annie Rudd   The expanded ambiguity of the news photograph

Seth C. Lewis   20 questions for 2020

Josh Schwartz   Publishers move beyond the metered paywall

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

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

Don Day   Respect the non-paying audience

Jasmine McNealy   A call for context

Kerri Hoffman   Opening closed systems

Jeremy Olshan   All journalism should be service journalism

Adam Thomas   The silver bullet

Hossein Derakhshan   AI can’t conjure up an Errol Morris

Ståle Grut   OSINT journalism goes mainstream

Whitney Phillips   A time to question core beliefs

Sarah Schmalbach   Journalist, quantify thyself

M. Scott Havens   First-party data becomes media’s most important currency

Margarita Noriega   The platforms try to figure out what to do with single-subject newsrooms

Brian Moritz   The end of “stick to sports”

Zizi Papacharissi   A president leads, the press follows, reality fades

Tanya Cordrey   Saying no to more good ideas

Helen Havlak   Platforms shine a light on original reporting

Logan Molyneux and Shannon McGregor   Think twice before turning to Twitter

Kristen Muller   The year we operationalize community engagement

Candis Callison   Taking a cue from Indigenous journalists on climate change

Joe Amditis   Collaborative journalism takes its rightful place at the table

Moreno Cruz Osório   In Brazil, collaboration in a time of state attacks

Alice Antheaume   Trade “politics” for “power”

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

Francesco Zaffarano   TikTok without generational prejudice

Catalina Albeanu   Rebuilding journalism, together

Dan Shanoff   Sports media enters the Bronny era

Monica Drake   A renewed focus on misinformation

Tamar Charney   From broadcast to bespoke

Nikki Usher   All systems down

Simon Galperin   Journalism becomes more democratic

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

Monique Judge   The year to organize, unionize, and fight

Jennifer Brandel   A love letter from the year 2073

Anthony Nadler   Clash of Clans: Election Edition

Tom Glaisyer   Journalism can emerge newly vibrant and powerful

Nushin Rashidian   Are platforms a bridge or a lifeline?

Logan Jaffe   You don’t need fancy tools to listen

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

Alfred Hermida and Mary Lynn Young   The promise of nonprofit journalism

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

Elizabeth Dunbar   Frank talk, and then action

Lauren Duca   The rise of the journalistic influencer

Peter Bale   Lies get further normalized

Felix Salmon   Spotify launches a news channel

Millie Tran   Wicked

Mira Lowe   The year of student-powered journalism

Joni Deutsch   Podcasting unsilences the silent

Rachel Davis Mersey   The business of local TV news will enter its downward slide

Jeremy Gilbert and Jarrod Dicker   A call for collaboration between storytelling and tech

Meredith Artley   Stronger solidarity among news organizations