SuperMedia: Saving Journalism So It Can Save the World / Edition 1

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Overview

SuperMedia is a lively, engaging, and refreshingly-opinionated text offering informed discussion on the importance and future of liberal journalism as a healthy part of a flourishing society.

  • Examines the profound changes journalism is undergoing for social, economic and technological reasons
  • Explores the potential for a entirely new type of journalism which these changes create, discussing the impact of social networking sites and blogs on traditional journalism, and making the case that journalism could be the catalyst for change needed to solve many of the world’s problems in a controversial manner
  • Written by a first class broadcast journalist, it provides a practical roadmap for identifying the issues and solutions that will ensure an open and reliable news media for generations to come
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Editorial Reviews

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“Beckett (London School of Economics) sees the growth of newmedia and technologies as an opportunity for, rather than a threatto, the traditional practices of journalism.” (CHOICE,February 2009)

"His [Beckett’s] work aspires to reach practitioners,citizen journalists, and academics. He proposes ’networkedjournalism,’ a new philosophy of newswork that integratesuser-generated content with citizen journalism. Through networkedjournalism, the traditional news media is encouraged to view itselfas having a predominately social role." (International Journalof Communication)

"This is a strongly argued, well-sourced, knowledgeable piece ofwork … The most sustained and enthusiastic endorsement ofcitizen journalism I have read." (Financial Times, November2008)

Beckett (London School of Economics) sees the growth of newmedia and technologies as an opportunity for, rather than a threatto, the traditional practices of journalism. However, he observes,those practices will need to change and adjust to take advantage ofthe opportunities offered by what he calls networking journalism.He believes that the many sources and voices competing,particularly on the Web, can and do produce better journalism intraditional media as well as on the Web—a contention heillustrates with case studies. Unfortunately, Beckett's idealismdoes not address the major problem of false information thatinfects the public sphere: as the 2008 presidential electiondemonstrated, too many people repeated lies that they had "readsomewhere." Truth seldom travels as quickly as lies. What remainsin question is what would happen to thoughtful, investigative,long-piece journalism in Beckett's scheme. The author providesbrief bibliographies for each of the five chapters and helpfulendnotes. Summing Up: Recommended. Professionals and generalreaders. – P. E. Kane, emeritus, SUNY College atBrockport (Choice, February 2009)

"This is a strongly argued, well-sourced, knowledgeable piece ofwork, informed by Beckett's time working on news and currentaffairs programmes at both the BBC and Channel 4 television. It isthe most sustained and enthusiastic endorsement of citizenjournalism I have read, displaying a faith in the power ofjournalism allied to that of an active citizenry." (FinancialTimes)

"Consider this a hearty recommendation ... British broadcastjournalist Charlie Beckett stays on point in 170 pages ofwell-reasoned argument about exactly how journalism has alreadychanged - and how today’s journalists and journalismeducators need to understand that so they can go forward, and notsit inert as their world collapses on their heads ... It’s apositive book with clear, real-world examples from real journalism.It does not waste words and it doesn’t lose itself inphilosophical boilerplate. I think all journalists and journalismeducators should read this book." (Teaching OnlineJournalism (blog))

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405179232
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlie Beckett is the founding Director of POLIS, the forum for research and debate into journalism and society at the London School of Economics. He has worked for some of the best news and current affairs programs at the BBC and Channel 4 News. He currently writes and broadcasts internationally about global journalism while also teaching and researching at the LSE and the University of the Arts of London.

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Table of Contents

Figures vi

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments x

Introduction: "The DailyPlanet.com": Why We Must Save Journalism So that Journalism Can Save the World 1

1 "Help! Help! Who Will Save Us?": The New Media Landscape 9

2 "Is It a Bird? Is It a Plane? No! It's SuperMedia!": Networked Journalism 41

3 "Will Nobody Do Anything to Help?": Networked Journalism and Politics 87

4 Fighting Evil: Terror, Community, and Networked Journalism 127

5 We Can All be Super Heroes: Networked Journalism in Action: Editorial Diversity and Media Literacy 146

Notes 171

Suggested Reading 191

Index 193

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