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Five predictions for this year's digital journalism and tech trends

Five predictions for this year's digital journalism and tech trends

IJNet | January 15, 2016

Predicting the future of digital journalism technology, Al Jazeera America to close and more in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.

Report: 5 digital journalism and technology predictions for 2016

The disruption of television, rise of the podcast and growth of online video are some of the key trends that could mark 2016, digital strategist Nic Newman outlined in his Media, Journalism and Technology Predictions report published today.

Newman, research associate fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University, looked at trends in the media industry and the technology sector, from smartphone development to the way social networks could work with news organizations. (Journalism.co.uk, 1/12)

Al Jazeera America closing, citing challenges for U.S. media

Al Jazeera is shutting down its U.S. television and digital operations, citing a tough business climate for media companies.

Started in 2013, Al Jazeera America will end operations by April 30, Al Jazeera Media Network said in a statement Wednesday. Charles Herring, president of closely held Herring Networks Inc., expressed interest in acquiring its slot on cable systems. (Bloomberg Business, 1/13)

Embracing change: What digital skills should journalists learn in 2016?

From mobile video to podcasts and virtual reality, numerous trends shaped the media industry in 2015 and many of them are here to stay.

So what are the skills journalists should develop, or acquire in 2016, and how can they can get a head start in the process? (Journalism.co.uk, 1/11)

Why 2016 could be a breakout year for drone journalism

Three and a half years ago, journalist-turned educator Matt Waite won a US$50,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to kickstart a fledgling drone program at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dubbed the "Drone Journalism Lab" by Waite (a sometimes Poynter contributor), the program sought to establish an early foothold among the small but growing cohort of journalists using unmanned aircraft for reporting. (Poynter, 1/11)

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