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.

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Alex Sujong Laughlin   Credit where it’s due

Alex Perry   New paths to transparency without Twitter

Dannagal G. Young   Stop rewarding elite performances of identity threat

Ariel Zirulnick   Journalism doubles down on user needs

Jaden Amos   TikTok personality journalists continue to rise

Surya Mattu   Data journalists learn from photojournalists

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

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

Kerri Hoffman   Podcasting goes local

Snigdha Sur   Newsrooms get nimble in a recession

Khushbu Shah   Global reporting will suffer

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

Anna Nirmala   News organizations get new structures

Amethyst J. Davis   The slight of the great contraction

Michael Schudson   Journalism gets more and more difficult

Parker Molloy   We’ll reach new heights of moral panic

Eric Ulken   Generative AI brings wrongness at scale

Sarah Marshall   A web channel strategy won’t be enough

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

Barbara Raab   More journalism funders will take more risks

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

Priyanjana Bengani   Partisan local news networks will collaborate

Lisa Heyamoto   The independent news industry gets a roadmap to sustainability

Janet Haven   ChatGPT and the future of trust 

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

Kaitlyn Wells   We’ll prioritize media literacy for children

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

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

Eric Nuzum   A focus on people instead of power

Jessica Clark   Open discourse retrenches

Cory Bergman   The AI content flood

Richard Tofel   The press might get better at vetting presidential candidates

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

Laxmi Parthasarathy   Unlocking the silent demand for international journalism

Zizi Papacharissi   Platforms are over

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

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

Raney Aronson-Rath   Journalists will band together to fight intimidation

Peter Sterne   AI enters the newsroom

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

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

Anthony Nadler   Confronting media gerrymandering

Ayala Panievsky   It’s time for PR for journalism

Jonas Kaiser   Rejecting the “free speech” frame

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

Brian Moritz   Rebuilding the news bundle

Sumi Aggarwal   Smart newsrooms will prioritize board development

Tim Carmody   Newsletter writers need a new ethics

Masuma Ahuja   Journalism starts working for and with its communities

Rachel Glickhouse   Humanizing newsrooms will be a badge of honor

Al Lucca   Digital news design gets interesting again

Jesse Holcomb   Buffeted, whipped, bullied, pulled

Tre'vell Anderson   Continued culpability in anti-trans campaigns

Mar Cabra   The inevitable mental health revolution

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

Kathy Lu   We need emotionally agile newsroom leaders

Gina Chua   The traditional story structure gets deconstructed

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

Elite Truong   In platform collapse, an opportunity for community

Gabe Schneider   Well-funded journalism leaders stop making disparate pay

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

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

Jakob Moll   Journalism startups will think beyond English

Joshua P. Darr   Local to live, wire to wither

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

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

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

Christoph Mergerson   The rot at the core of the news business

Susan Chira   Equipping local journalism

Joe Amditis   AI throws a lifeline to local publishers

David Cohn   AI made this prediction

Taylor Lorenz   The “creator economy” will be astroturfed

David Skok   Renewed interest in human-powered reporting

Sarabeth Berman   Nonprofit local news shows that it can scale

Upasna Gautam   Technology that performs at the speed of news

A.J. Bauer   Covering the right wrong

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

Karina Montoya   More reporters on the antitrust beat

Walter Frick   Journalists wake up to the power of prediction markets

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

Dana Lacey   Tech will screw publishers over

Matt Rasnic   More newsroom workers turn to organized labor

Bill Grueskin   Local news will come to rely on AI

Mario García   More newsrooms go mobile-first

Brian Stelter   Finding new ways to reach news avoiders

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

Amy Schmitz Weiss   Journalism education faces a crossroads

Ståle Grut   Your newsroom experiences a Midjourney-gate, too

Pia Frey   Publishers start polling their users at scale

Sarah Alvarez   Dream bigger or lose out

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

Francesco Zaffarano   There is no end of “social media”

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

Anita Varma   Journalism prioritizes the basic need for survival

Sue Cross   Thinking and acting collectively to save the news

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

Alexandra Svokos   Working harder to reach audiences where they are

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

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

Ben Werdmuller   The internet is up for grabs again

Josh Schwartz   The AI spammers are coming

Ryan Nave   Citizen journalism, but make it equitable

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

Emily Nonko   Incarcerated reporters get more bylines

Jim VandeHei   There is no “peak newsletter”

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

Delano Massey   The industry shakes its imposter syndrome

Basile Simon   Towards supporting criminal accountability

Cassandra Etienne   Local news fellowships will help fight newsroom inequities

John Davidow   A year of intergenerational learning

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

Victor Pickard   The year journalism and capitalism finally divorce

Alexandra Borchardt   The year of the climate journalism strategy

Moreno Cruz Osório   Brazilian journalism turns wounds into action

Simon Galperin   Philanthropy stops investing in corporate media

Larry Ryckman   We’ll work together with our competitors

Sue Schardt   Toward a new poetics of journalism

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

Gordon Crovitz   The year advertisers stop funding misinformation

Julia Angwin   Democracies will get serious about saving journalism

Tamar Charney   Flux is the new stability

Mael Vallejo   More threats to press freedom across the Americas

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

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

Wilson Liévano   Diaspora journalism takes the next step

Janelle Salanga   Journalists work from a place of harm reduction

J. Siguru Wahutu   American journalism reckons with its colonialist tendencies

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

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

Kirstin McCudden   We’ll codify protection of journalism and newsgathering

Peter Bale   Rising costs force more digital innovation

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

An Xiao Mina   Journalism in a time of permacrisis

Nicholas Diakopoulos   Journalists productively harness generative AI tools

Eric Thurm   Journalists think of themselves as workers

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

Jessica Maddox   Journalists keep getting manipulated by internet culture

Leezel Tanglao   Community partnerships drive better reporting

Esther Kezia Thorpe   Subscription pressures force product innovation

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

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

Joni Deutsch   Podcast collaboration — not competition — breeds excellence

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

Jody Brannon   We’ll embrace policy remedies

Julia Beizer   News fatigue shows us a clear path forward

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

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

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

Sue Robinson   Engagement journalism will have to confront a tougher reality

Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau   More of the same

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

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

Joanne McNeil   Facebook and the media kiss and make up

Rodney Gibbs   Recalibrating how we work apart

Nicholas Thompson   The year AI actually changes the media business

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