From the rapidly changing definition of "watching TV" to the extreme highs and lows of political news coverage, 2016 has been one of the modern media industry's most unpredictable and disruptive years ever.
There was plenty to hold the media accountable for, but there was also much that publishers and social networks contributed in terms of advancement and progress.
Let's take a look at six of the trends that drove the evolution of broadcast, digital media and print publishers this year:
The fake news explosion
The elephant in the room (no GOP pun intended) for media professionals, particularly toward the end of 2016, was the extent to which digital and broadcast channels shaped, contorted and fueled the presidential election.