Technology, media and journalism predictions 2014

Nic Newman, Digital Strategist and RISJ Research Associate provides his annual look at the year ahead for digital media in 2014 - with a few thoughts on the last 12 months as well.

Executive summary

Mobile and social trends will continue to drive technical, product and content innovation in 2014. Overall we see a continued move towards more visual ways of communication.

To note in particular:

  • 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 skills and legacy media companies will buy tech
  • We'll see an intensification of the debate about privacy and trust in the wake of the Snowden revelations and over-enthusiastic attempts by business to use big data
  • In technology expect more hype around wearable computing (iWatch), smart home appliances and the coming of age of 3D printing and virtual reality headsets (Oculus Rift)
  • Software, companies and technologies you'll have heard of this time next year include ... Line, Xiaomi, 4K and Tor

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