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We the Media: Grassroots Journalism By the People, For the People [Paperback]

by Dan Gillmor
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January 31, 2006 0596102275 978-0596102272

"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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"We the Media vividly demonstrates how technology can help save journalism." Ken Auletta, author of "Backstory: Inside the Business of News" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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, Gillmorreceived 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 journalismawards. Before becoming a journalist he played music professionally for seven years.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media (January 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596102275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596102272
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

My life has been in media -- music, newspapers, online, books, investing and education.

I'm director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Center, funded by the Knight Foundation and Kauffman Foundation, is working to help create a culture of innovation and risk-taking in journalism education, and in the wider media world.

I also write articles, including columns at Salon.com on media and technology. In 2004 I published "We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People," a book that explained the rise of citizen media and why it matters. The book has been translated into a number of foreign languages, most recently Korean and Arabic. My new book is called Mediactive.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Edited 20 Dec 07 to add links.

Joe Trippi's book, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Democracy, the Internet, and the Overthrow of Everything joins Howard Rheingold's book, Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution and Bill Moyer's collaborative book, Doing Democracy as the companions for this book--taken together, the four books provide everything any group needs to "take back the power."

Whereas Trippi provides a personal story that illuminates the new power that comes from combining citizen activism with Internet-enabled networking, this book focuses more on the role the Internet and blogs play in the perception and dissemination of accurate unbiased information. It is not only an elegant presentation, easy to read, with good notes and a fine seven-page listing of cool web sites, but it also provides a useful survey of past writings on this topic--with due credit to Alvin Toffler's first perception of the trend toward mass customization and the elimination of intermediaries, together with original thoughts from the author.

This book could become a standard undergraduate reference on non-standard news sources and the blurring of the lines between producers and consumers of information (or in the government world, of intelligence).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important work at a time of transition August 4, 2004
Format:Hardcover
People's Journalism, Participatory Journalism, Citizen Journalism, Collage Documentary. Whatever you call it, we've put the tools for self publishing in the hands of millions. What happens when the amateurs outnumber the professionals ten-to-one? one-hundred-to-one? Big change, just starting in 2004.

Dan tackles how it works, why it's happening, and what this means. He sourced it with online research. And by thorough investigation, interviewing people on all sides of the phenomenon, by traveling in Asia, North America, and Europe to meet them.

If you've enjoyed his Mercury News column or his popular weblog, you'll enjoy his writing here. More importantly, if you are a J-school student or professor, a working news professional, an investor or manager in news media, this is a must read. The insights and conclusions will be useful as personal publishing, blogging included, continues to spread around the world.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Dan is one of the few professional journalists that really understands the impact of blogs and other new technologies on journalism. It's amazing how many professional journalists I know pooh pooh blogs and keep on chugging like nothing is changing. We, the Media is a excellent book that should be enlightening and humbling for professional journalists. It is also a great guide for us little "j" journalists about what the possibilities are as well as what the difficulties will be. Anyway, it's an amazingly important book for anyone interested in journalism and democracy. It goes well with Lawrence Lessig's Free Culture and Howard Rheingold's Smart Mobs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When we become the medium October 13, 2004
Format:Hardcover
As I was about to write this review, Reuters published the news that: "Iranian authorities have arrested at least six Internet journalists and webloggers in recent days, colleagues and relatives said on Wednesday, in a further blow to limited press freedoms in the Islamic state. News-based Internet sites and online journals known as Weblogs have flourished in Iran where the disproportionately youthful population often turns to the Internet for information and entertainment."

How significant is this? It indicates that the power of internet publishing, today's equivalent of samizdat (which in most slavic languages means self-published), is being recognized not only by those who consume and produce blog-based news, but also by those who fear the power of media when in the hands of the people.

I grew up in a communist country where every typewriter (machine) had to be registered with the police department. A friend of mine from a different town had asked me to buy him a typewriter because in his hometown his name was on a list banning him from owning a typewriter.

Today, everyone can start a Blogger account or install a Movable Type on a web server and start publishing. With this power, of course, comes enormous responsibility.

This book, "We The Media", is a fascinating look on the way the internet self-publishing and blogging phenomenon has changed the way we produce, consume, and share news.

The author is more than respectable--Dan Gillmor, the business and technology columnist from SilliconValley.com. The publisher, O'Reilly, is more than knowledgable on the subject of the convergence of new technologies, business and society. The result is enjoyable, educating, thought-provoking. In my humble, unprofessional opinion, this book fully deserves 5 out of 5 stars!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I relied pretty heavily on this book to write my senior thesis. It's a very interesting dissection of today's news industry.
Published 4 months ago by Lindsay Burkholder
3.0 out of 5 stars Devotes 12 chapters to a message that could've been said in 1
We the Media was written to persuade the reader to become a grassroots journalist, or at least a participant in the cause. Read more
Published on March 11, 2010 by A. Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Elishia Windfohrs review on "We The media"
IT'S true we really need a strong media to live in a democratic, crazy civil society. The real key question is how do we have an accurate, kind of reasonably objective journalist... Read more
Published on November 18, 2009 by Elishia Windfohr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to possibilities
My online journalism class will read this book in the fall. It's a key text for introducing people to the possibilities in digital media and citizen journalism.
Published on July 3, 2008 by Lynn S. Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars A neat topic
The book was a good guide to citizen media and gave some great examples of places where citizen media would work. Read more
Published on March 17, 2007 by R. Tesdell
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Sensible and Interesting
Dan Gilmor here presents the attitude toward technology & journalism that any journalist will need to have if he/she will survive long in this new era. Read more
Published on October 14, 2006 by Mark Nenadov
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read about the changes occurring in journalism...
If you ever wondered what is changing in journalism, then this book is for you. It not only describes the logging phenomenon, but also describes why the big media might not last.
Published on July 16, 2006 by Abdulmajed Dakkak
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journalist Passionately Embraces the Internet
Many people blame the Internet for accelerating the long-term decline of newspaper circulation, and think that the Internet is crippling the future of American journalism. Read more
Published on June 21, 2006 by Mark B. Cohen
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Published on May 20, 2006 by Midwest Book Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, comprehensive look at the new media and how to work with it
If you want/need to understand the dynamics of the world of blogs (in the broadest sense of the word) and how it does and will impact what you do, this is an excellent and... Read more
Published on September 26, 2005 by Pito Salas
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