Journalism Predictions for 2015, Amazon and the Future of Reading, Big Changes at the Times, Q&A With BuzzFeed’s CEO, Women in Media, TFP’s Infographic Pick of the Week, InDesign CC Tip: Importing Object Styles, Holiday Closings

Welcome to TFP’s roundup of news and tips for media industry pros! This week, we’re sharing stories about Nieman Lab’s Predictions for Journalism 2015 series, how Amazon executives see the future of books and reading, a tumultuous year at the Times, a road map from BuzzFeed’s CEO, and more.

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  • As is year-end tradition, some good taking stock kind of reads: First, Nieman Lab is running a series called Predictions for Journalism 2015, a collection of commentaries from media professionals on the front lines on up. You’ll need to settle in for this one—there are more than four dozen contributors to the series so far and just as many topics, touching on everything from platforms, native advertising, and asset management to design, diversity, and sustainability.
  • Also, Amazon executives sat down with The Verge to discuss their take on what’s ahead in the world of books and reading. The report not only looks at innovations set to change how we read in the future, but also examines how marketplace dominance and emerging models like self-publishing could shape what we read.
  • In a look back at 2014, Capital New York chronicled big changes at The New York Times, including a shuffle in leadership, a revealing innovation report, and cost-cutting measures that resulted in dozens of high-profile layoffs. The report said that although plans continue to evolve, the newspaper will place increasing emphasis on mobile, video, native advertising, and global scale.
  • And what’s next for “buzzy” sites like BuzzFeed? In an in-depth interview, also by The Verge, BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti discussed the company’s recent purchase of Hyper IQ to help it build native apps and how technology investments will continue to play a big role in the website’s growth. He also talked about the company’s booming video business and what the website does best: “BuzzFeed excels when we can combine art and science.”
  • On the TFP blog, find the latest installment of our Women in Media roundup for hiring news from Rodale, Marie Claire, Quartz, Fusion, Better Homes and Gardens, and more.
  • Why should marketers and content providers pay attention to SEO when planning their social media activities? This week’s infographic pick lists eight reasons, highlighting how integrating the two makes for successful campaigns.
  • Instead of going through the hassle of re-creating object styles, see our latest InDesign CC Tip to learn how to import existing object styles into other documents.
  • Reminders: Adobe offices will be closed Dec. 22 through Jan. 2, and Apple has announced its annual shutdown of iTunes Connect, Application Loader, and iTunes Connect for iOS, from Dec. 22 through Dec. 29. See a post on our blog for more details. This Week in Publishing will also be on hiatus, until Friday, Jan. 9. Happy holidays, everyone!

This Week in Publishing appears every Friday on the TFP blog. Every week we compile interesting and noteworthy stories from the publishing world and put together a wrap-up to help our readers stay up-to-date. Think we missed something great? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Posted by: Monica Sambataro

Monica Sambataro is a contributing editor and copyeditor for Technology for Publishing. Her publishing background includes work for leading technology- and business-related magazines and websites.