Books on Journalism & New Media

These books at the Library explore the fate of news publications in our digital media society.

American Carnival: Journalism under Siege in an Age of New Media
By Neil Henry
Journalist Neil Henry confronts the crisis facing professional journalism in this era of rapid technological transformation. American Carnival combines elements of memoir with media research to explore critical contemporary issues ranging from reporting on the Iraq War, to American race relations, to the exploitation of journalism by advertisers and politicians. Drawing on significant currents in U.S. press and social history, Henry argues that in an age marked by fraud in many institutions in American life, the decline of journalistic professionalism sparked by the economic challenge of new media has especially serious implications for democracy.

 How Stories Live and Die In Viral Culture book jacket

And Then There's This: How Stories Live and Die In Viral Culture
By Bill Wasik
And Then There’s This is Bill Wasika’s journey along the unexplored frontier of our churning and rambunctious viral culture. This book reveals how our culture is now created from the ground up. Wasik demonstrates that any one of us can cause a small ripple that can turn into a tsunami.

Journalism and New Media
By John V. Pavlik
Ubiquitous news, global information access, instantaneous reporting, interactivity, multimedia content, extreme customization: journalism is undergoing the most fundamental transformation since the rise of the penny press in the nineteenth century. Here is a report from the front lines on the impact and implications for journalists and the public alike.

Blog!: How the Newest Media Revolution is Changing Politics, Business, and Culture
By David Kline and Dan Burstein
This title is an exploration of the influence of online journals and commentary that, according to Bill Gates, are the biggest thing since the 1995 Internet craze.

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The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age
By Philip Meyer
In The Vanishing Newspaper, Philip Meyer offers the newspaper industry a business model for preserving and stabilizing the social responsibility functions of the press in a way that could outlast technology-driven changes in media forms. This "influence model," as it is termed by Meyer, is based on the premise that a newspaper's main product is not news or information, but influence: societal influence, which is not for sale, and commercial influence, which is.

30: The Collapse of the Great American Newspaper
Edited by Charles M. Madigan
Charles Madigan's 30 is the story of the decline of an important institution, the big-city American newspaper, told in a collection of incisive pieces by practitioners of the art and craft of journalism. At heart it's an insider's story, but with serious and vast consequences in the world beyond the newsroom.

No Time to Think: The Menace of Media Speed and the 24-Hour News Cycle
By Howard Rosenberg and Charles S. Feldman
This witty and incisive work measures lasting fallout from the 24-hour news cycle: that media mushroom cloud, released into our biosphere in 1980 with the arrival of CNN.

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Web 2.0 and Beyond: Understanding the New Online Business Models, Trends, and Technologies
By Tom Funk
A veteran Web marketing consultant takes managers on a tour of the new marketing venues and techniques made possible by Web 2.0.

Understanding Digital Marketing: Marketing Strategies for Engaging the Digital Generation
By Damian Ryan and Calvin Jones
Taking a look at the world of digital marketing, this work shows readers, in a practical and comprehensive way, how to harness the power of digital media and use it to achieve the utmost success for their businesses.

Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives
By John Palfrey and Urs Gasser
Two leading experts explain the brave new world inhabited by "digital natives" -- the first generation born and raised completely wired. Palfrey and Gasser offer a sociological portrait of this exotic tribe of young people who can seem both extraordinarily sophisticated and strangely narrow.

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The Newspapers & Journalism need to catch up

Almost 20 years ago we in the military were exposed to DARP-Net the fore-runner of now the internet. When I got off duty (Gulf War One), I joined the publisher Connell-Zeko here in KC. The President was Faime Zeko and he was a leader in the adaptation of the newest in digital publishing and getting on to the internet. He told his employees how this new digital-way was going to really take hold of much of what we do. He was 100% correct.

Long story short:the immediacy factor of all that is digital is what it so relevant to our lives. The internet with e-mail, ebay, amazon, YouTube, twitter, etc, we all use, more and more. It is the connective tissues of our lives and becoming our new global social-government. President Obama is a product of this digital world. The older analog (read slower, out of date even by hours) ways are by definition not immediately relevant. It was 20 years incoming, not overnight as some of these authors like to make it sound. This is just journalistic fear mongering to sell books,,,, which are out of date and full of old ideas. Get over it. March smartly and change. Journalists need to join the now digital world! I had to and did. But then again, I am only 69. :) Ron B

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