A year of intergenerational learning

“Maybe Boomers like me can leverage our experience to clean up some of the mess our generation created.”

“How Would You Feel About A 100-Year-Old Doctor?”

This recent New York Times headline got me wondering if I was digital journalism’s version of a 100-year-old doctor. After all, I’m old enough to have my 50th high school reunion penciled in on my calendar for next year.

Why would Nieman Lab ask somebody as old as I am to predict the future of journalism?

My answer, as an AARP card-carrying Boomer, is that I’m predicting 2023 will be a year of intergenerational learning that will have a positive impact on the future of journalism. There is so much we can do together if we can build on the experiences that have shaped how we see the world and live our lives. Gen Xers, Millennials, Gen Zers, and Boomers, it’s time to join forces to make journalism that serves all of our communities and helps make our world a better place for all.

Here are some positive signs there is value in our hard-won gray hairs and wrinkles.

  • This year, LION Publishers launched a program that paired experienced managers with a cohort of early-stage news leaders to train them on how to manage money and risk. The coaches shared both their successes and failures, along with the lessons they learned along the way. It was inspiring to see firsthand how the program’s participants worked together to build the future of journalism.
  • In December, Open News hosted SRCCON: Care. a gathering dedicated to creating a culture of care in newsrooms. One session focused on the importance of building intergenerational relations in the workplace. Attendees worked together on how to “create bridges between our generational divides where we can pass lessons both up and down to build a culture of caring and respect.”
  • Plans are already underway by major journalism funders to build teams of experienced coaches and consultants to work with their grantees. This idea recognizes that it’s not enough to provide funding and access to technology. Foundations are counting on the expertise of experienced managers and innovators to work with grantees to optimize the impact of their investments.

Admittedly, there are a lot of factors that could get in the way of my prediction coming true. One obvious one is that Boomers have the hubris to believe that we know what’s best. That’s just one of many justifiable reasons that our experience is undervalued. Members of my generation have had an unfair advantage due to our gender, race, and privilege. We may not even know what we don’t know or the harm we have caused.

That said, local news is in crisis. Public trust in journalism is at an all-time low. Our business model is failing. The first amendment is under attack. What does our industry have to lose? Maybe Boomers like me can leverage our experience to clean up some of the mess our generation created.

Check back with me next year to find out.

“How Would You Feel About A 100-Year-Old Doctor?”

This recent New York Times headline got me wondering if I was digital journalism’s version of a 100-year-old doctor. After all, I’m old enough to have my 50th high school reunion penciled in on my calendar for next year.

Why would Nieman Lab ask somebody as old as I am to predict the future of journalism?

My answer, as an AARP card-carrying Boomer, is that I’m predicting 2023 will be a year of intergenerational learning that will have a positive impact on the future of journalism. There is so much we can do together if we can build on the experiences that have shaped how we see the world and live our lives. Gen Xers, Millennials, Gen Zers, and Boomers, it’s time to join forces to make journalism that serves all of our communities and helps make our world a better place for all.

Here are some positive signs there is value in our hard-won gray hairs and wrinkles.

  • This year, LION Publishers launched a program that paired experienced managers with a cohort of early-stage news leaders to train them on how to manage money and risk. The coaches shared both their successes and failures, along with the lessons they learned along the way. It was inspiring to see firsthand how the program’s participants worked together to build the future of journalism.
  • In December, Open News hosted SRCCON: Care. a gathering dedicated to creating a culture of care in newsrooms. One session focused on the importance of building intergenerational relations in the workplace. Attendees worked together on how to “create bridges between our generational divides where we can pass lessons both up and down to build a culture of caring and respect.”
  • Plans are already underway by major journalism funders to build teams of experienced coaches and consultants to work with their grantees. This idea recognizes that it’s not enough to provide funding and access to technology. Foundations are counting on the expertise of experienced managers and innovators to work with grantees to optimize the impact of their investments.

Admittedly, there are a lot of factors that could get in the way of my prediction coming true. One obvious one is that Boomers have the hubris to believe that we know what’s best. That’s just one of many justifiable reasons that our experience is undervalued. Members of my generation have had an unfair advantage due to our gender, race, and privilege. We may not even know what we don’t know or the harm we have caused.

That said, local news is in crisis. Public trust in journalism is at an all-time low. Our business model is failing. The first amendment is under attack. What does our industry have to lose? Maybe Boomers like me can leverage our experience to clean up some of the mess our generation created.

Check back with me next year to find out.

Upasna Gautam   Technology that performs at the speed of news

Jim Friedlich   Local journalism steps up to the challenge of civic coverage

Mary Walter-Brown and Tristan Loper   Mission-driven metrics become our North Star

Barbara Raab   More journalism funders will take more risks

Nicholas Diakopoulos   Journalists productively harness generative AI tools

Eric Thurm   Journalists think of themselves as workers

Valérie Bélair-Gagnon   Well-being will become a core tenet of journalism

Raney Aronson-Rath   Journalists will band together to fight intimidation

Sarah Stonbely   Growth in public funding for news and information at the state and local levels

S. Mitra Kalita   “Everything sucks. Good luck to you.”

Basile Simon   Towards supporting criminal accountability

Ryan Kellett   Airline-like loyalty programs try to tie down news readers

Jennifer Choi and Jonathan Jackson   Funders finally bet on next-generation news entrepreneurs

Khushbu Shah   Global reporting will suffer

Janelle Salanga   Journalists work from a place of harm reduction

Michael Schudson   Journalism gets more and more difficult

Sue Cross   Thinking and acting collectively to save the news

Jim VandeHei   There is no “peak newsletter”

Emma Carew Grovum   The year to resist forgetting about diversity

Jaden Amos   TikTok personality journalists continue to rise

Zizi Papacharissi   Platforms are over

Martina Efeyini   Talk to Gen Z. They’re the experts of Gen Z.

Amy Schmitz Weiss   Journalism education faces a crossroads

Stefanie Murray   The year U.S. media stops screwing around and becomes pro-democracy

Tim Carmody   Newsletter writers need a new ethics

Errin Haines   Journalists on the campaign trail mend trust with the public

Kathy Lu   We need emotionally agile newsroom leaders

Dana Lacey   Tech will screw publishers over

Masuma Ahuja   Journalism starts working for and with its communities

Josh Schwartz   The AI spammers are coming

Ryan Gantz   “I’m sorry, but I’m a large language model”

Anna Nirmala   News organizations get new structures

Dannagal G. Young   Stop rewarding elite performances of identity threat

Gabe Schneider   Well-funded journalism leaders stop making disparate pay

Burt Herman   The year AI truly arrives — and with it the reckoning

Jody Brannon   We’ll embrace policy remedies

Ayala Panievsky   It’s time for PR for journalism

Gordon Crovitz   The year advertisers stop funding misinformation

Mar Cabra   The inevitable mental health revolution

Alex Sujong Laughlin   Credit where it’s due

Alexandra Svokos   Working harder to reach audiences where they are

Anika Anand   Independent news businesses lead the way on healthy work cultures

AX Mina   Journalism in a time of permacrisis

Sarah Alvarez   Dream bigger or lose out

Amethyst J. Davis   The slight of the great contraction

Jessica Clark   Open discourse retrenches

Rodney Gibbs   Recalibrating how we work apart

Alan Henry   A reckoning with why trust in news is so low

Cari Nazeer and Emily Goligoski   News organizations step up their support for caregivers

Mario García   More newsrooms go mobile-first

Jonas Kaiser   Rejecting the “free speech” frame

Joshua P. Darr   Local to live, wire to wither

Brian Stelter   Finding new ways to reach news avoiders

Mauricio Cabrera   It’s no longer about audiences, it’s about communities

Sarah Marshall   A web channel strategy won’t be enough

John Davidow   A year of intergenerational learning

Sam Guzik   AI will start fact-checking. We may not like the results.

Danielle K. Brown and Kathleen Searles   DEI efforts must consider mental health and online abuse

Janet Haven   ChatGPT and the future of trust 

Moreno Cruz Osório   Brazilian journalism turns wounds into action

Daniel Trielli   Trust in news will continue to fall. Just look at Brazil.

Paul Cheung   More news organizations will realize they are in the business of impact, not eyeballs

Ryan Nave   Citizen journalism, but make it equitable

Larry Ryckman   We’ll work together with our competitors

Matt Rasnic   More newsroom workers turn to organized labor

Kirstin McCudden   We’ll codify protection of journalism and newsgathering

Peter Bale   Rising costs force more digital innovation

Delano Massey   The industry shakes its imposter syndrome

Al Lucca   Digital news design gets interesting again

Lisa Heyamoto   The independent news industry gets a roadmap to sustainability

Susan Chira   Equipping local journalism

Pia Frey   Publishers start polling their users at scale

Esther Kezia Thorpe   Subscription pressures force product innovation

Don Day   The news about the news is bad. I’m optimistic.

Julia Beizer   News fatigue shows us a clear path forward

Jenna Weiss-Berman   The economic downturn benefits the podcasting industry. (No, really!)

J. Siguru Wahutu   American journalism reckons with its colonialist tendencies

Mael Vallejo   More threats to press freedom across the Americas

Michael W. Wagner   The backlash against pro-democracy reporting is coming

Jessica Maddox   Journalists keep getting manipulated by internet culture

Victor Pickard   The year journalism and capitalism finally divorce

Sumi Aggarwal   Smart newsrooms will prioritize board development

Alex Perry   New paths to transparency without Twitter

David Skok   Renewed interest in human-powered reporting

Hillary Frey   Death to the labor-intensive memo for prospective hires

Eric Holthaus   As social media fragments, marginalized voices gain more power

Sue Robinson   Engagement journalism will have to confront a tougher reality

Leezel Tanglao   Community partnerships drive better reporting

Ariel Zirulnick   Journalism doubles down on user needs

Bill Adair   The year of the fact-check (no, really!)

Andrew Losowsky   Journalism realizes the replacement for Twitter is not a new Twitter

Shanté Cosme   The answer to “quiet quitting” is radical empathy

Tamar Charney   Flux is the new stability

Ståle Grut   Your newsroom experiences a Midjourney-gate, too

Jakob Moll   Journalism startups will think beyond English

Laura E. Davis   The year we embrace the robots — and ourselves

Laxmi Parthasarathy   Unlocking the silent demand for international journalism

Peter Sterne   AI enters the newsroom

Karina Montoya   More reporters on the antitrust beat

Johannes Klingebiel   The innovation team, R.I.P.

Joanne McNeil   Facebook and the media kiss and make up

Alexandra Borchardt   The year of the climate journalism strategy

Joe Amditis   AI throws a lifeline to local publishers

Walter Frick   Journalists wake up to the power of prediction markets

Sarabeth Berman   Nonprofit local news shows that it can scale

Brian Moritz   Rebuilding the news bundle

A.J. Bauer   Covering the right wrong

Anita Varma   Journalism prioritizes the basic need for survival

Dominic-Madori Davis   Everyone finally realizes the need for diverse voices in tech reporting

Wilson Liévano   Diaspora journalism takes the next step

Sam Gregory   Synthetic media forces us to understand how media gets made

Christina Shih   Shared values move from nice-to-haves to essentials

Taylor Lorenz   The “creator economy” will be astroturfed

Megan Lucero and Shirish Kulkarni   The future of journalism is not you

Francesco Zaffarano   There is no end of “social media”

Elite Truong   In platform collapse, an opportunity for community

Tre'vell Anderson   Continued culpability in anti-trans campaigns

Nikki Usher   This is the year of the RSS reader. (Really!)

Rachel Glickhouse   Humanizing newsrooms will be a badge of honor

Snigdha Sur   Newsrooms get nimble in a recession

Christoph Mergerson   The rot at the core of the news business

Parker Molloy   We’ll reach new heights of moral panic

Priyanjana Bengani   Partisan local news networks will collaborate

Cory Bergman   The AI content flood

Jarrad Henderson   Video editing will help people understand the media they consume

Eric Ulken   Generative AI brings wrongness at scale

Andrew Donohue   We’ll find out whether journalism can, indeed, save democracy

Jennifer Brandel   AI couldn’t care less. Journalists will care more. 

Doris Truong   Workers demand to be paid what the job is worth

Ben Werdmuller   The internet is up for grabs again

Bill Grueskin   Local news will come to rely on AI

Joni Deutsch   Podcast collaboration — not competition — breeds excellence

Nicholas Jackson   There will be launches — and we’ll keep doing the work

Felicitas Carrique and Becca Aaronson   News product goes from trend to standard

Mariana Moura Santos   A woman who speaks is a woman who changes the world

Surya Mattu   Data journalists learn from photojournalists

Anthony Nadler   Confronting media gerrymandering

Simon Galperin   Philanthropy stops investing in corporate media

Molly de Aguiar and Mandy Van Deven   Narrative change trend brings new money to journalism

Nicholas Thompson   The year AI actually changes the media business

Cassandra Etienne   Local news fellowships will help fight newsroom inequities

Sue Schardt   Toward a new poetics of journalism

Eric Nuzum   A focus on people instead of power

Cindy Royal   Yes, journalists should learn to code, but…

Gina Chua   The traditional story structure gets deconstructed

Kaitlin C. Miller   Harassment in journalism won’t get better, but we’ll talk about it more openly

Julia Angwin   Democracies will get serious about saving journalism

Juleyka Lantigua   Newsrooms recognize women of color as the canaries in the coal mine

Kerri Hoffman   Podcasting goes local

Jesse Holcomb   Buffeted, whipped, bullied, pulled

Jacob L. Nelson   Despite it all, people will still want to be journalists

Emily Nonko   Incarcerated reporters get more bylines

Richard Tofel   The press might get better at vetting presidential candidates

Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau   More of the same

Kaitlyn Wells   We’ll prioritize media literacy for children

Kavya Sukumar   Belling the cat: The rise of independent fact-checking at scale

David Cohn   AI made this prediction