October 1, 2018

It’s been 10 years since the start of the Great Recession. Unemployment is low, interest rates are rising and the stock market is at an all-time high. 

Now that we’ve “recovered,” can we take a breather? 

According to Allen Blue, LinkedIn co-founder and instructor at Poynter’s recent seminar on the future of work, absolutely not. 

As we exit the Great Recession, we enter the “second machine age.” Blue, referencing the book by Erik Brynjolfsson, said that first, machines replaced our muscle. Now automation, machine learning and robots are replacing our brains at an exponential rate.  

Recovery, then, means reckoning. 

What types of jobs will disappear? Which are the most resilient to a technology takeover? How do we reallocate resources accordingly? How does America’s cultural emphasis on work, self-reliance and purpose shift? How are the key stakeholders – individuals, employers, governments, nonprofits and educators – preparing and connecting? 

Poynter, with the help of teaching partner WorkingNation, guided 28 journalists through these questions during the future of work seminar Sept. 27-28. They left with new sources, stories and a sense of urgency. 

Here are their key takeaways, using hashtag #WNPoynter.

Poynter's workshop, "A Journalist's Guide to Covering the Future of Work," was made possible thanks to the generous support from the Lumina Foundation


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Mel Grau is the senior product specialist at The Poynter Institute, focusing on Poynter's training experiences and newsletters. She previously edited The Cohort, Poynter’s biweekly…
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