JW Marriott Austin, Austin, Texas

ONA18: 11th Annual Tech Trends for Journalists, with Amy Webb

ONA18 is the Online News Association's annual conference for the Journalism industry. This session is led by Amy Webb discussing future tech trends for journalists. About the session: What are the most important emerging tech trends that will radically transform journalism in 2019? Find out in this perennially-packed annual ONA session bringing the future-think to ONA18. Amy Webb will launch the latest edition of Future Today Institute's emerging tech trends for journalists report, providing insights into what trends will impact journalism, what tools are on the horizon and how newsrooms can use them, while also avoiding potential disruption.
And in true Austin fashion, there is a Bloody Mary bar in the back of the main hall... Before the session. You do you, ONA.

Amy Webb takes the stage! She brought the bar to us on this her 11th year at ONA

Amy Webb is livetweeting this presentation - while giving it! 247 slides in this preso so check her Twitter @amywebb All her research is open source and public so take it, slice it and dice it!
Last year Amy talked about these trends which we are seeing now: - splinternets creating different versions of the internet - government regulation of platforms affecting the news business - major companies having government-like power
Local news is struggling, journalists are getting laid off, small publishers are shuttering, and the President is telling people to distrust the media.

Different politically affiliated groups trust different publications, differently.

Germany is going on a tour in the US to remind America why democracy is important and good. How did we get here?
"This year, I'm not going to scare you. F*$k 2017. Instead we are going to focus on opportunity," says Amy Webb. "I see opportunity in this f#@*ing mess. This year I choose the optimistic framing."

Amy Webb gives a brief overview of her 2019 Tech Trends report.

Amy Webb says 2018 marks the beginning of the end of smartphones. Go back to 1998, carrying around multiple devices (music player, laptop, phone, still camera, video camera, portable DVD player, etc). 2008: Flipcams! Flash drives, iPod nanos, slr cameras, launch of app store 2018: all that functionality in our smartphones, the devices in our hands now
We have these magic devices, but sales are tanking. These new devices only offer incremental benefits but the costs are soaring. What's going on? We are buying peripherals and other devices (smart watches, connected ear buds, fitness trackers, smart glasses, etc). We have gone back to 1998.
Tech Trend 1: Spatial Computing Everything around you is one computing environment. Check out Sony CSL in Tokyo where you see others people's perspective (literally).
Amy Webb is most excited about Magic Leap. Oh you don't like wearing glasses? 41% of Americans are nearsighted (as is half the world). We will already be wearing glasses.
Tech Trends 2: Generative adversarial networks (Get AI to behave better) Tech Trends 3: Computer vision for real-world obstructions (see through walls)
Optimistic Scenarios: Mixed Reality for in-depth reporting Get good at investigating algorithms themselves, determining if images and videos are real or not. Wear smart glasses during campaign speeches and info, getting the info on candidates (voting records, social posts, etc) Get ahead of the curve and develop mixed reality applications -- new revenue stream.
Tech Trends: Immutable records (block chain) Can now be used to distribute general info (not just financial, like coins). Check out Tron, a decentralized content distribution system. Gives content creators all the rights to their digital content. Can be used to publish "Certified Reporters Notebooks" which would prove all your research and info (prove it's correct). Could be used as alternate wire service. Could be used to circumvent government when journalism is under assault. Use it to preserve journalists work in perpetuity.
Tech Trends: Distributed Computing (Airbnb for your phone, "gigware") Open-source software for volunteer computing (remember SETI?) Check out Golem.
Orlando Watson, founder of Honeycomb. Helps new publishers monetize their mobile apps by leveraging the computing power of people's unused phone power (like cryptomining).
Honeycomb is generating micropayments for publishers via users phone power (estimates $36 a year per person).
Why Honeycomb matters? Frictionless revenue stream, respects privacy, generates app attention, supports the press. If you're excites about cryptocurrency, this is how mainstream adoption happens.
Tech Trends: Tokens and Tokenomics News orgs rely on ad revenue, but that is declining. Blockchain can facilitate new revenue streams. Check out Manoush Zomorodi (ZigZag podcast) and Civil.

Matthew Iles and Vivian Schiller from Civil

This technology is here. Spend time experimenting with these tools and technology. There are 108 emerging trends in the 2019 Trend Report for Journalism -- go dig in! You have to be the guide for the future. You have the power to take action now and build a bright future. Download the report: https://t.co/RiUeHnwiGy Here’s a curated folder of forecasting tools, research, and reports https://t.co/jsGoY35dTF