The Nieman Journalism Lab every year asks experts for their predictions for journalism in the coming year. Philip Bump suggests 2014 will unfurl technology to produce better location data to verify journalism in new ways. He notes there is a curious element of the public that loves to trick the press, so this technology will add authenticity to the mix to thwart that conduct.
Paul Farhi of the Washington Post detects a resurgence of the anonymice. He argues that all sorts of anonymous quotes are emerging in stories at high-profile media, including his organization's, with no seeming good reason. While in some cases there are legitimate whistleblowing reasons to shield identity, mostly it's just a convenience.
Rick Edmonds, writing for Poynter, looks at the annual Borrell Associates advertising forecast and detects challenging times ahead for newspapers' digital sites in retaining their supremacy of share of ads. Their share will drop from 7.1 per cent this year to 3.3 per cent in 2018. That doesn't mean their revenue will decline, Edmonds notes. In fact it will grow by a modest 1.8 per cent. But the larger pie will largely be consumed by pure-play digital operations.