The future of journalism is bright because …”

It’s not hard to find people talking about what’s wrong with journalism these days.

But that’s not what we’re focused on here. One thing we believe is that this is a potential golden age of journalism. In all the changes happening to the news industry, we see opportunities. Opportunities for entrepreneurs, for young journalists and for veteran ones. Opportunities to use new tools and old knowledge to create great journalism for the 21st century.

In that vein, we are asking journalism innovators (we call them journovators) to complete this sentence: The future of journalism is bright because __________

We’ll collect their answers here in a running file. Check in when you need a moment of inspiration.

The future of journalism is bright because __________

  • “We have the ability to use a lot of new tools to tell narratives.”
    Laura Norton Amico, Homicide Watch D.C.
  • “We still attract an amazing array of creative people, and people still want to know what’s happening in their communities and the world.
    Steve Buttry, Digital Transformation Editor for Digital First Media and Journal Register Company.
  • “There’s so many ways to find people to read your stories and to consume all the various products that you’re putting out. It’s a really exciting time to be working and to be publishing, and there’s just so many things that you can do that were never possible before with stories. Pretty much, as big as you can dream, that’s what you can produce. And that’s pretty cool.”
    Jake Naughton, multimedia projects coordinator for The Pulitzer Center.
  • “The future of journalism is bright because of journalists. Journlists are really smart and really creative thinkers, and we really have evolved with the industry. Whatever happens in journalism is because of the people who power it.”
    Mark S. Luckie, Manager of Journalism and News for Twitter.
  • “People have a connection to their virtual selves, and everybody is gaming, and gaming’s a great environment to make money, and if we start taking that environment to buiold news storuies, we’re gonna get rich again.”
    Nonny de la Pena, Immersive Journalist.

Professor Pacheco in the Press

Corazón del Barrio captures the importance of community engagement


  • Newhouse professor Daniel Pacheco and students from his virtual reality class visited La Casita Sept. 8 to film and photograph a group of dancers, led by Luz Encarnación. After a few hours, the students had taped enough footage to create a 3D virtual reality video...

CNN: Some of the most iconic 9/11 news coverage is lost. Blame Adobe Flash


  • Dan Pacheco, professor of practice and chair of journalism innovation at Syracuse University's Newhouse School, has experienced the issue firsthand. As an online producer for the Post's website in the late 1990s and later for America Online, some of the work he helped build has disappeared...

How Microsoft's HoloLens 2 is bringing augmented reality to your job


  • “I think we will be seeing two camps: Microsoft and a few startups like Meta2 and Vuzix on the business end, and Magic Leap and Apple (when Apple releases its rumored glasses) on the consumer end,” Dan Pacheco, a professor of journalism and chair in journalism innovation at Syracuse University’s S...

2016 Mirror Awards Ceremony - YouTube


  • Nonny de la Peña had this to say about Professor Pacheco after her acceptance of an I-3 Mirror Award.

    “Once the [Oculus] Facebook sale happened, $2 billion dollars, you’re not so nuts. But before that happened, a lot of people thought trying to do journalism in virtual reality was crazy...

Students, Faculty to Create Content for HoloLens Augmented Reality Headset


  • Prof. Dan Pacheco has been accepted into the HoloLens developer program and will work with Newhouse students and faculty to create content for the device. - Dan Pacheco


Immersive journalism: What virtual reality means for the future of storytelling and empathy-casting - TechRepublic


  • Prof. Pacheco was interviewed by CBS Interactive's TechRepublic about using virtuality for journalism in the story: "Immersive journalism: What virtual reality means for the future of storytelling and empathy-casting." The piece also referenced Pacheco's Virtual Reality Storytelling course and included a link to a 360 video of the SU football team by class member and football player Eric Jackson...


  • Prof. Pacheco co-authored the primer on virtual reality in this report on The State of Virtual Reality in Journalism for Gannett and the Knight Foundation. - Dan Pacheco