Saturday, January 04, 2014

Nic Newman's Journalism Media & Technology List for 2014

I worked with Nic Newman in the 1990's when he was a producer at Radio Netherlands, Holland's externals service. We've kept in touch over the years as he persued a career at the BBC and now with Reuters. It turns out we do similar things these days, although in different countries. For the last few years Nic uses the Christmas holidays to compile an extensive list of what could happen next in the field of journalism and media. This morning the latest edition came out. And its a very interesting read. Happy to say that I helped to contribute to some of the topics. But Nic takes many of the subjects a lot further.

So what did we learn from what happened in 2013: Surprises, triumphs and disasters  It was the year of the listicle and the selfie – but beneath the froth it was also another year of substantial and intriguing changes in the media industry. So who were some of the winners and losers and how did this match up to what we predicted a year ago?

What's coming?

  • The further atomisation of news and erosion of narrative storytelling. The shine may go off lists, but our interest in weird and bite sized sharable  news will remain undimmed
  • The emergence of significant investigative reporting that does not come  from traditional media organisations e.g. First Look Media, Vice and (surprisingly) Buzzfeed
  • More people will pay for news directly via digital or bundled subscription, or indirectly through the growth of mobile, native and video advertising
  • Continued disruption of TV with Netflix and Amazon leading the content charge and Facebook and Google launching an assault on television’s advertising revenue
  • Drones provide dramatic new angles for television news but will not save built news programmes from an alarming slump in viewing.
  • A further switch to digital video for journalism and marketing with innovation in short form and interactive video formats.
  • Consolidation and M&A activity: Tech companies will buy content production skills and legacy media companies will buy tech.

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