List of Figures. Foreword. Acknowledgments. Introduction: "TheDailyPlanet.com": Why We Must Save Journalism So that Journalism Can Save the World. 1. "Help! Help! Who Will Save Us?": The New Media Landscape. 2. "Is It a Bird? Is It a Plane? No! It's SuperMedia!": Networked Journalism. 3. "Will Nobody Do Anything to Help?": Networked Journalism and Politics. 4. Fighting Evil: Terror, Community, and Networked Journalism. 5. We Can All be Super Heroes: Networked Journalism in Action: Editorial Diversity and Media Literacy. Suggested Reading. Index.
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.
Beckett (London School of Economics) sees the growth of new media and technologies as an opportunity for, rather than a threat to, the traditional practices of journalism. However, he observes, those practices will need to change and adjust to take advantage of the 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 in traditional media as well as on the Web--a contention he illustrates with case studies. Unfortunately, Beckett's idealism does not address the major problem of false information that infects the public sphere: as the 2008 presidential election demonstrated, too many people repeated lies that they had "read somewhere." Truth seldom travels as quickly as lies. What remains in question is what would happen to thoughtful, investigative, long-piece journalism in Beckett's scheme. The author provides brief bibliographies for each of the five chapters and helpful endnotes. Summing Up: Recommended. Professionals and general readers. -- P. E. Kane, emeritus, SUNY College at Brockport (Choice, February 2009) "This is a strongly argued, well-sourced, knowledgeable piece of work, informed by Beckett's time working on news and current affairs programmes at both the BBC and Channel 4 television. It is the most sustained and enthusiastic endorsement of citizen journalism I have read, displaying a faith in the power of journalism allied to that of an active citizenry." (Financial Times) "Consider this a hearty recommendation ... British broadcast journalist Charlie Beckett stays on point in 170 pages of well-reasoned argument about exactly how journalism has already changed - and how today?s journalists and journalism educators need to understand that so they can go forward, and not sit inert as their world collapses on their heads ... It?s a positive book with clear, real-world examples from real journalism. It does not waste words and it doesn?t lose itself in philosophical boilerplate. I think all journalists and journalism educators should read this book." (Teaching Online Journalism (blog))