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Journalism will proceed to be hollowed out by structural shifts which have already led to vital falls in advertising revenue. Publishers want to subscriptions to make up the distinction but the limits of this are likely to turn out to be apparent in 2019.

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The rise of paywalls is shutting more people off from quality news and making the internet tougher to navigate. Consumer irritation will construct this 12 months, leading to a mix of more news avoidance and the adoption of ‘paywall-blocking’ software. This will be the 12 months when the regulation of platform companies begins to chew following rising concern about misinformation, privacy, and market energy. Something as soon as thought-about unthinkable has turn into ‘inevitable’, in the phrases of Apple boss Tim Cook – although the details will be messy, hard-fought, and take time to play out. Meanwhile the unfold of false, misleading and extreme content will proceed to undermine democracies around the globe with polarising elections in India, Indonesia and Europe probably flashpoints.

Taken collectively these tendencies are more likely to lead to the largest wave of journalistic lay-offs in years – weakening further the flexibility of publishers to hold populist politicians and powerful enterprise leaders …

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