10 trends in journalism for 2017

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ONA San Diego presentation on the top 10 trends to watch in 2017 by Tom Mallory of San Diego Union-Tribune and Amy Schmitz Weiss of San Diego State University (Presented Jan. 26, 2017).

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10 trends in journalism for 2017

  1. 1. Ten trends in journalism for 2017 • Dr. Amy Schmitz Weiss, Associate Professor, San Diego State University, School of Journalism & Media Studies. @digitalamysw • Tom Mallory, Online News Director, The San Diego Union-Tribune. @tom_mallory
  2. 2. The hype cycle Gartner Hype Cycle
  3. 3. The hype cycle 2016
  4. 4. Mobile messaging • Text bots • Custom messengers • Reach different audiences with a new storytelling experience • Examples: Quartz, Purple, WNYC Bored and Brilliant project, Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab
  5. 5. Bots for news gathering • Bots for sports scores • Bots for data dumps/repositories • Bots for alerts Bot creation tools: IFTTT, Personify.ai, Motion.ai, Chatfuel
  6. 6. • Getting easier to produce 360 video • It’s fun, you can look at what you wish • Equipment and applications getting more affordable * * See ona16.journalists.org/sessions/vrtownhall/ USA Today: Experience the Blue Angels in 360-degree video
  7. 7. The news drones are here • Restrictions on commercial uses relaxed, but still reason to be cautious • Journalism drone lab developed guidelines • Even a journalism group: PSDJ New York Times: Unearthing the Secrets of New York’s Mass Graves
  8. 8. The Color of Debt, ProPublica Data-driven journalism is maturing • Big sets of numbers crunched with the aid of machines reveals new truths
  9. 9. Technologists as partners This work paired a computer scientist with an investigative journalist to expose pedophiles. The Downloaders, Verdens Gang
  10. 10. Growth will be on mobile • We will likely not see growth on desktop. The potential is on smaller screens of personal devices. • It needs to be fast. Users will leave after three seconds. (1,2,3 …bye!) • Washington Post found that faster load speeds resulted in higher reader loyalty and retention. • The healthy ratio: At least half our traffic should be coming from mobile.
  11. 11. The ‘upstarts’ are coming into their own • Buzzfeed: “All the biggest news, videos, quizzes, and trending buzz you’ll want to share with your friends.” • Vice: “Original reporting and documentaries on everything that matters in the world.” • Vox: “Explain the news” • But it’s still a rough road: Reported.ly, Breaking News did not survive 2016.
  12. 12. Business models still under siege • The decline of print revenues threatens funding for local news-gathering • Cable-cutting undercuts scheduled broadcasts, “News at 11” • Uber and Lyft and driverless cars threaten drive-time radio
  13. 13. A look at the journalism jobs of the future http://newsroom16.journalists.org/10-tech-trends-with-futurist-amy-webb http://www.poynter.org/2016/how-to-prepare-for-journalism-jobs-of-the-near-future/431021 This drew some heat on Twitter Jobs are changing
  14. 14. What trends did we miss? (aside from fake news.) What do you think?
  15. 15. ONA EVENTS • June | ONA-SD | online toolkits. • Oct. 5-7 | ONA17 | Washington, D.C. ona17.journalists.org