Video forensic reporting goes mainstream — and local

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a surge of video forensic reporting, packaged into groundbreaking storytelling from well-resourced international media outlets, including the stellar BBC reconstruction of a killing in Cameroon, and our Pulitzer-winning video documenting the murder of an Afghan woman falsely accused of burning the Koran. Then there’s the damning video that…

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News — but make it cinematic

Journalism is under siege, agreed. And more consumers than ever are turning to their phones to find distraction along with their headlines. But the promise of social media isn’t the de facto undoing of news. Quite the opposite: With more ways than ever to present visuals, journalism has the opportunity to come to life in…

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This is journalism’s do-or-die moment

I don’t need to tell you that disinformation is more rampant than ever, that digital advertising is a duopoly that continues to choke news organizations to death, that the news industry lags far behind the tech industry in digital competency, that our newsrooms look nothing like the communities we cover to the point of moral…

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AI-generated fakes launch a software arms race

If you were scared by the spread of the doctored Jim Acosta video, 2019 will terrify you. Over the past year, technologists have witnessed entirely unprecedented advances in the field of AI-enabled forgeries and manipulations: from developments in motion transfer to better deepfakes to improved text-to-image generation. Such progress did not go unnoticed. Opinion pages,…

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The gap between journalism and research is too wide

In 2018, I attended two conferences — one academic, one industry — that revealed something important about the state of engagement between journalists and the researchers who study news. In short: The gap between our two worlds is still far too large, and we’re both losing out. This is especially troubling at a time when…

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Seriously: What do you do for people?

In 2019, we will be asking: “What do we do for people?” And I don’t mean writing some piece-of-corporate-hogwash mission statement full of buzzwords no one understands. I mean we’ll be getting clear about what it is you give your readers, listeners, or viewers. Journalism outlets, journalists, and everyone who works for an organization that…

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You can’t raise prices forever

The legacy newspaper organizations’ trouble will continue as they struggle with the demands of implementing difficult digital-first strategies as their print business continues to erode. The last five years of raising subscription prices will begin to slow down as newspaper executives begin to notice even their most loyal subscribers have a price they will not…

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Pivot to journalism

To see what lies ahead on the road for journalism, all we have to do is look back. While chasing technology trends and platforms, trying to figure out business models to sustain digital media, many publishers lost sight of something essential: people. The core values of journalism and how they address our audiences’ needs were…

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