20200
P
1
20100
R  E
2
2070
D   I   C
3
2050
T   I   O   N
4
2040
S   F   O   R   J
5
2030
O  U  R  N  A  L
6
2020
I  S  M  2  0  2  0
7

The work of reconnecting starts November 4

“The aftermath of the election will represent an opportunity for the news media. In this period where the legitimacy of the media (and democracy itself) will be questioned, newsrooms can help the public process what has happened.”

Newsrooms will expend enormous resources and effort preparing for Election Night on November 3, 2020. New apps will be built; new interactive maps will premiere; rooms filled with analysts will pour over the incoming data. And there will be a collective sigh of relief late in the night (or more realistically, early the next morning) at having made it through another presidential election.

But I predict the real work will have just begun. Reflections back to 2016 will follow; after the 2016 election, one could hardly go to a journalism conference without hearing about the need for more listening and for more efforts to get out of newsrooms to understand diverse communities. I suspect that 2020 will be characterized by new lessons about the consequences of under-covered and under-served communities, as well as about communities that have lost faith in the news media as an institution. These communities will have fractured, some turning to alternative sources of information, including those that primarily cater to people’s political predispositions. Others will have opted out of what is perceived as an agonizingly long campaign season.

In the week following the election, weary newsrooms will trod out the typical post-mortems: Why did one candidate win and others lose? What do the exit polls tell us? What can be learned from a trip to the most blue and the most red counties? What strategic blunders defined the election?

The aftermath of the election will represent an opportunity for the news media. In this period where the legitimacy of the media (and democracy itself) will be questioned, newsrooms can help the public process what has happened. Did candidates win on the basis of better maneuvering and strategy, illegitimate tactics, or interference? Or did more voters find alignment with particular candidates? Providing the best possible data to answer these questions will help people to process the election in ways that either preserve democracy or raise fundamental questions about the electoral process. Assuming the election is considered largely legitimate (knocking on wood), newsrooms can help to heal communities and bring people together despite the inevitable disappointment that will be felt by many.

By humanizing those with different views, as opposed to focusing on winners making celebratory remarks for example, journalists can promote understanding and (re)build connections within communities. That newsrooms will be able to do this critical post-election work is my aspirational prediction.

Talia Stroud is a professor at the University of Texas and director of the Center for Media Engagement.

Newsrooms will expend enormous resources and effort preparing for Election Night on November 3, 2020. New apps will be built; new interactive maps will premiere; rooms filled with analysts will pour over the incoming data. And there will be a collective sigh of relief late in the night (or more realistically, early the next morning) at having made it through another presidential election.

But I predict the real work will have just begun. Reflections back to 2016 will follow; after the 2016 election, one could hardly go to a journalism conference without hearing about the need for more listening and for more efforts to get out of newsrooms to understand diverse communities. I suspect that 2020 will be characterized by new lessons about the consequences of under-covered and under-served communities, as well as about communities that have lost faith in the news media as an institution. These communities will have fractured, some turning to alternative sources of information, including those that primarily cater to people’s political predispositions. Others will have opted out of what is perceived as an agonizingly long campaign season.

In the week following the election, weary newsrooms will trod out the typical post-mortems: Why did one candidate win and others lose? What do the exit polls tell us? What can be learned from a trip to the most blue and the most red counties? What strategic blunders defined the election?

The aftermath of the election will represent an opportunity for the news media. In this period where the legitimacy of the media (and democracy itself) will be questioned, newsrooms can help the public process what has happened. Did candidates win on the basis of better maneuvering and strategy, illegitimate tactics, or interference? Or did more voters find alignment with particular candidates? Providing the best possible data to answer these questions will help people to process the election in ways that either preserve democracy or raise fundamental questions about the electoral process. Assuming the election is considered largely legitimate (knocking on wood), newsrooms can help to heal communities and bring people together despite the inevitable disappointment that will be felt by many.

By humanizing those with different views, as opposed to focusing on winners making celebratory remarks for example, journalists can promote understanding and (re)build connections within communities. That newsrooms will be able to do this critical post-election work is my aspirational prediction.

Talia Stroud is a professor at the University of Texas and director of the Center for Media Engagement.

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

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

Alana Levinson   Brand-backed media gets another look

Stefanie Murray   Charitable giving goes collaborative

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

Doris Truong   The year of radical salary transparency

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

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

Sonali Prasad   Climate change storytelling gets multidimensional

Felix Salmon   Spotify launches a news channel

Colleen Shalby   Journalists become media literacy teachers

Catalina Albeanu   Rebuilding journalism, together

Nathalie Malinarich   Betting on loyalty

Monique Judge   The year to organize, unionize, and fight

Whitney Phillips   A time to question core beliefs

Don Day   Respect the non-paying audience

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

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

Talia Stroud   The work of reconnecting starts November 4

Nikki Usher   All systems down

Beena Raghavendran   The year of the local engagement reporter

Greg Emerson   News apps fall further behind

Helen Havlak   Platforms shine a light on original reporting

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

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

Dan Shanoff   Sports media enters the Bronny era

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

Joe Amditis   Collaborative journalism takes its rightful place at the table

james Wahutu   Western journalists, learn from your African peers

Anthony Nadler   Clash of Clans: Election Edition

Ernie Smith   The death of the industry fad

Jonas Kaiser   Russian bots are just today’s slacktivists

Kristen Muller   The year we operationalize community engagement

Pablo Boczkowski   The day after November 4

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

Millie Tran   Wicked

Seth C. Lewis   20 questions for 2020

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

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

Jakob Moll   A slow-moving tech backlash among young people

Sue Robinson   Campaign coverage as test bed for engagement experiments

Sara K. Baranowski   A big year for little newspapers

Josh Schwartz   Publishers move beyond the metered paywall

Emily Withrow   The year we kill the news article

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

Annie Rudd   The expanded ambiguity of the news photograph

Masuma Ahuja   Slower, quieter, more measured and thoughtful

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

Meg Marco   Everything happens somewhere

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

Alexandra Borchardt   Get out of the office and talk to people

Kerri Hoffman   Opening closed systems

Sarah Marshall   The year to learn about news moments

Sarah Schmalbach   Journalist, quantify thyself

Julia B. Chan   We 👏 take 👏 breaks 👏

Craig Newmark   Formalizing newsrooms’ battle against disinformation

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

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

Candis Callison   Taking a cue from Indigenous journalists on climate change

Logan Molyneux and Shannon McGregor   Think twice before turning to Twitter

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

Meredith Artley   Stronger solidarity among news organizations

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

S. Mitra Kalita   The race to 2021

Tom Glaisyer   Journalism can emerge newly vibrant and powerful

Fiona Spruill   The climate crisis gets the coverage it deserves

Victor Pickard   We reclaim a public good

Hossein Derakhshan   AI can’t conjure up an Errol Morris

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

Simon Galperin   Journalism becomes more democratic

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

Imaeyen Ibanga   Let’s take it slow

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

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

Francesco Zaffarano   TikTok without generational prejudice

Tamar Charney   From broadcast to bespoke

Tonya Mosley   The neutrality vs. objectivity game ends

Heidi Tworek   The year of positive pushback

Kathleen Searles   Pay more attention to attention

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

Bill Grueskin   Our ethics codes get an overhaul

Matthew Pressman   News consumers divide into haves and have-nots

Alice Antheaume   Trade “politics” for “power”

Tanya Cordrey   Saying no to more good ideas

Monica Drake   A renewed focus on misinformation

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

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

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

Brian Moritz   The end of “stick to sports”

Sarah Alvarez   I’m ready for post-news

Mario García   Think small (screen)

Adam Thomas   The silver bullet

Cristina Kim   Public media stops trying to serve “everybody”

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

Mira Lowe   The year of student-powered journalism

Mariana Moura Santos   The future of journalism is collaborative

Elizabeth Dunbar   Frank talk, and then action

Geneva Overholser   Death to bothsidesism

Jeff Kofman   Speed through technology

Knight Foundation   Five generations of journalists, learning from each other

Ståle Grut   OSINT journalism goes mainstream

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

Jake Shapiro   Podcasting gets listener relationship management

Rachel Schallom   The value of push alerts goes beyond open rates

Lauren Duca   The rise of the journalistic influencer

Barbara Gray   Join local libraries on the frontlines of civic engagement

Heather Bryant   Some kinds of journalism aren’t worth saving

Mike Caulfield   Native verification tools for the blue checkmark crowd

Peter Bale   Lies get further normalized

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

Carl Bialik   Journalists will try running the whole shop

Sarah Stonbely   More people start caring about news inequality

Jeremy Olshan   All journalism should be service journalism

Ben Werdmuller   Use the tools of journalism to save it

Alfred Hermida and Mary Lynn Young   The promise of nonprofit journalism

Eric Nuzum   Podcasting finally creates another mega-hit show

Logan Jaffe   You don’t need fancy tools to listen

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

Marie Gilot   This is fine

Michael W. Wagner   Increasingly fractured, but little bit deliberative

Rick Berke   Incoming fire from both left and right

Joni Deutsch   Podcasting unsilences the silent

Nushin Rashidian   Are platforms a bridge or a lifeline?

Brenda P. Salinas   Treating MP3 files like text

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

Cindy Royal   Prepare media students for skills, not job titles

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

John Keefe   Journalism gets hacked

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

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

Jasmine McNealy   A call for context

Steve Henn   The dawning audio web

Jennifer Brandel   A love letter from the year 2073