May you experience the newfangled

By · Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

stock-photo-44980974-may-2015-calendarMAY you …

For the month of May, we are devoting this blog to our wishes for journalists present and future: “MAY you … “

Every day, you will find a tip, a tidbit or a top-of-mind piece of advice we hope will help you now and later

If you search online for “When was the washing machine invented?” you’ll get many hits with neatly packaged explanations, going all the way back to the scrub board and including modern-day machines and the people who invented them.

What do washing machines have to do with journalism?

Our Newhouse School colleague, Dan Pacheco, uses washing machines to explain the “cycle of media disruption.” As he tells students:

The only way to be successful in a media career is to embrace change, run toward it and simultaneously avoid getting stuck in last year’s paradigm

May you experience the newfangled.

Dan has a neat job as the Peter Horvitz Chair in Journalism Innovation. In a piece Dan wrote for, he describes his role:

… to look on the horizon and identify trends that might lead the next waves of disruption

He has identified five trends he says will “uproot current media businesses and empower entirely new ones.”

  1. Virtual reality
  2. Augmented reality
  3. Structural photography
  4. Wearables and implantables
  5. Drones and sensors

If you want to keep up with — and run toward — change, Dan’s outlook on these five trends is a good start. It’s all about the newfangled.

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