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We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People

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Grassroots journalists are dismantling Big Media's monopoly on the news, transforming it from a lecture to a conversation. Not content to accept the news as reported, these readers-turned-reporters are publishing in real time to a worldwide audience via the Internet. The impact of their work is just beginning to be felt by professional journalists and the newsmakers they cover. In We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People, nationally known business and technology columnist Dan Gillmor tells the story of this emerging phenomenon, and sheds light on this deep shift in how we make and consume the news.

We the Media is essential reading for all participants in the news cycle: Consumers learn how they can become producers of the news. Gillmor lays out the tools of the grassroots journalist's trade, including personal Web journals (called weblogs or blogs), Internet chat groups, email, and cell phones. He also illustrates how, in this age of media consolidation and diminished reporting, to roll your own news, drawing from the array of sources available online and even over the phone.Newsmakers politicians, business executives, celebrities get a wake-up call. The control that newsmakers enjoyed in the top-down world of Big Media is seriously undermined in the Internet Age. Gillmor shows newsmakers how to successfully play by the new rules and shift from control to engagement.Journalists discover that the new grassroots journalism presents opportunity as well as challenge to their profession. One of the first mainstream journalists to have a blog, Gillmor says, My readers know more than I do, and that's a good thing. In We the Media, he makes the case to hiscolleagues that, in the face of a plethora of Internet-fueled news vehicles, they must change or become irrelevant.At its core, We the Media is a book about people. People like Glenn Reynolds, a law professor whose blog postings on the intersection of technology and liberty garnered him enough readers and influence that he became a source for professional journalists. Or Ben Chandler, whose upset Congressional victory was fueled by contributions that came in response to ads on a handful of political blogs. Or Iraqi blogger Zayed, whose Healing Irag blog (healingiraq.blogspot.com) scooped Big Media. Or acridrabbit, who inspired an online community to become investigative reporters and discover that the dying Kaycee Nichols sad tale was a hoax. Give the people tools to make the news, We the Media asserts, and they will.

Journalism in the 21st century will be fundamentally different from the Big Media that prevails today. We the Media casts light on the future of journalism, and invites us all to be part of it.

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With the rise of the blogs (web-logs) and other forms of communication technologies, the traditional distinctions between journalists, newsmakers, and news consumers are breaking down and an emergent grassroots media is forming to challenge the entrenched corporate news producers. Believing it possible to marry the best of both worlds, Gillmor (founder of the Center for Citizen Media, "a project to enable and expand the reach of grassroots media") provides a tour of this grassroots media landscape and its possibilities, while also introducing some of the legal, social, political, and economic issues associated with the new media.
Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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With the rise of the blogs (web-logs) and other forms of communication technologies, the traditional distinctions between journalists, newsmakers, and news consumers are breaking down and an emergent grassroots media is forming to challenge the entrenched corporate news producers. Believing it possible to marry the best of both worlds, Gillmor (founder of the Center for Citizen Media, "a project to enable and expand the reach of grassroots media") provides a tour of this grassroots media landscape and its possibilities, while also introducing some of the legal, social, political, and economic issues associated with the new media. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

"We the Media, has become something of a bible for those who believe the online medium will change journalism for the better." -Financial Times

Big Media has lost its monopoly on the news, thanks to the Internet. Now that it's possible to publish in real time to a worldwide audience, a new breed of grassroots journalists are taking the news into their own hands. Armed with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras, these readers-turned-reporters are transforming the news from a lecture into a conversation. In We the Media, nationally acclaimed newspaper columnist and blogger Dan Gillmor tells the story of this emerging phenomenon and sheds light on this deep shift in how we make--and consume--the news.

Gillmor shows how anyone can produce the news, using personal blogs, Internet chat groups, email, and a host of other tools. He sends a wake-up call tonewsmakers-politicians, business executives, celebrities-and the marketers and PR flacks who promote them. He explains how to successfully play by the rules of this new era and shift from "control" to "engagement." And he makes a strong case to his fell journalists that, in the face of a plethora of Internet-fueled news vehicles, they must change or become irrelevant.

Journalism in the 21st century will be fundamentally different from the Big Media oligarchy that prevails today. We the Media casts light on the future of journalism, and invites us all to be part of it.

Dan Gillmor is founder of Grassroots Media Inc., a project aimed at enabling grassroots journalism and expanding its reach. The company's first launch is Bayosphere.com, a site "of, by, and for the San Francisco Bay Area."

Dan Gillmor is the founder of the Center for Citizen Media, a project to enable and expand reach of grassroots media. From 1994-2004, Gillmor was a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley's daily newspaper, and wrote a weblog for SiliconValley.com. He joined the Mercury News after six years with the Detroit Free Press. Before that, he was with the Kansas City Times and several newspapers in Vermont. He has won or shared in several regional and national journalism awards. Before becoming a journalist he played music professionally for seven years.

About the Author

Gillmor is a nationally known columnist for the San Jose Mercury News. Gillmor has been consistently listed by industry publications as among the most influential journalists in his field and has won and shared in several regional and national journalism awards.

Table of Contents

EpigraphIntroductionChapter 1: From Tom Paine to Blogs and BeyondChapter 2: The Read-Write WebChapter 3: The Gates Come DownChapter 4: Newsmakers Turn the TablesChapter 5: The Consent of the GovernedChapter 6: Professional Journalists Join the ConversationChapter 7: The Former Audience Joins the PartyChapter 8: Next StepsChapter 9: Trolls, Spin, and the Boundaries of TrustChapter 10: Here Come the Judges (and Lawyers)Chapter 11: The Empires Strike BackChapter 12: Making Our Own NewsEpilogue and AcknowledgmentsWeb Site DirectoryGlossaryColophon

Product Details

ISBN:
9780596102272
Author:
Gillmor, Dan
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Internet - World Wide Web
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Web - General
Subject:
Internet - Political aspects - United States
Subject:
Internet - Social aspects - United States
Subject:
Internet-Web Publishing
Subject:
blog;blogging;citizen journalism;forums;journalism;media;new media;newsgroups;online journalism;online reporter;online writing;pod casts;reporter;reporting;rss;screen casts,;sms;technology;video blogs;vlogs;weblog;wikis
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CourseSmart Subject Description
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20060231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.85 in 0.98 lb

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"We the Media, has become something of a bible for those who believe the online medium will change journalism for the better." -Financial Times

Big Media has lost its monopoly on the news, thanks to the Internet. Now that it's possible to publish in real time to a worldwide audience, a new breed of grassroots journalists are taking the news into their own hands. Armed with laptops, cell phones, and digital cameras, these readers-turned-reporters are transforming the news from a lecture into a conversation. In We the Media, nationally acclaimed newspaper columnist and blogger Dan Gillmor tells the story of this emerging phenomenon and sheds light on this deep shift in how we make--and consume--the news.

Gillmor shows how anyone can produce the news, using personal blogs, Internet chat groups, email, and a host of other tools. He sends a wake-up call tonewsmakers-politicians, business executives, celebrities-and the marketers and PR flacks who promote them. He explains how to successfully play by the rules of this new era and shift from "control" to "engagement." And he makes a strong case to his fell journalists that, in the face of a plethora of Internet-fueled news vehicles, they must change or become irrelevant.

Journalism in the 21st century will be fundamentally different from the Big Media oligarchy that prevails today. We the Media casts light on the future of journalism, and invites us all to be part of it.

Dan Gillmor is founder of Grassroots Media Inc., a project aimed at enabling grassroots journalism and expanding its reach. The company's first launch is Bayosphere.com, a site "of, by, and for the San Francisco Bay Area."

Dan Gillmor is the founder of the Center for Citizen Media, a project to enable and expand reach of grassroots media. From 1994-2004, Gillmor was a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley's daily newspaper, and wrote a weblog for SiliconValley.com. He joined the Mercury News after six years with the Detroit Free Press. Before that, he was with the Kansas City Times and several newspapers in Vermont. He has won or shared in several regional and national journalism awards. Before becoming a journalist he played music professionally for seven years.

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