From Neiman Journalism Lab, a special section on what 2012 will bring for the future of journalism. The San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley’s own daily, was poised to ride the digital whirlwind — what happened? Longform journalism faces a stiff challenge: How do you hold the attention of an audience that is clicking rather than paging through a long article? An interview with Matt Carlson, author of On the Condition of Anonymity: Unnamed Sources and the Battle for Journalism. An interview with Jonathan M. Ladd, author of Why Americans Hate the Media and How It Matters (and more). From CJR, meet Chris Faraone, Occupy reporter for the Boston Phoenix; the reporter’s voice: Seven accomplished reporters and one great photographer talk about what they do, how they do it, and why; an interview with Juan Gonzalez, co-author of News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media; Dean Starkman on the limited vision of the news gurus; and founder James Boylan reflects on CJR’s roots. An article on the new, convoluted life cycle of a newspaper story.