The future of journalism | Yusuf Omar, Hashtag Our Stories

Access to high-speed internet, artificial intelligence and augmented reality hasn't fundamentally changed journalism ... yet. But a perfect storm might be coming where they do.

  • Augmented reality can allow journalists to maintain sources' anonymity. For instance, adding a virtual face mask to a video of a rape survivor telling her story.

  • Wearable technology, such as glasses that record video, can do the same thing. For instance, having a human trafficking victim wear the glasses so her face is never shown but she can tell her story.

  • Most user-generated content used in traditional media is either light, such as a feel-good viral video, or heavy, such as phone video of a terror attack. But there is tons of other content out there that journalists could mine in order to tell otherwise hard-to-reach stories (with the requisite fact-checking, of course).

  • It's possible that in the next 10 years most people could be wearing technology and that we won't use phones like we use them today.