We the Media: Grassroots Journalism By the People, For the People (Google eBook)

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Jul 14, 2008 - Social Science - 336 pages
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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 to newsmakers-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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Review: We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People

User Review  - Danielle Cronquist - Goodreads

I don't think that Dan Gillmor was the first one propose the idea that modern technology is evolving the ways that we produce and consume news, but he traced it and explained it in a way that was ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Kayla - Goodreads

Dan Gillmor's "We the Media" starts a conversation about the direction of journalism (in the same way that he claims the news has and must become a conversation instead of a lecture). It covers the ... Read full review

Contents

From Tom Paine to Blogs and Beyond
1
The ReadWrite Web
23
The Gates Come Down
44
Newsmakers Turn the Tables
66
The Consent of the Governed
88
Professional Journalists Join the Conversation
110
The Former Audience Joins the Party
136
Next Steps
158
The Empires Strike Back
209
Making Our Own News
236
Epilogue and Acknowledgments
243
Web Site Directory
253
Glossary
261
Notes
263
Index
283
About the Author
303

Trolls Spin and the Boundaries of Trust
174
Here Come the Judges and Lawyers
191
Colophon
304
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

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 Bay Area." Gillmor is is author of We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People (O'Reilly Media, 2004), a book that explains the rise of citizens' media and why it matters.

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. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Vermont, Gillmor received a Herbert Davenport fellowship in 1982 for economics and business reporting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. During the 1986-87 academic year he was a journalism fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he studied history, political theory and economics. 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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