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SuperMedia: saving journalism so it can save the world

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Charlie Beckett
Wiley-Blackwell (May 2008)

SuperMedia is a passionate and controversial defence of the social value of journalism. But it argues that the news media must be transformed in to 'Networked Journalism' that allows the public much more power and participation. It outlines how forces such as new technology are destroying old media forms around the world. And it gives international examples of how new media will change the way that we report on the big issues such as politics, terror, Development and climate change.

SuperMedia is a riposte to the pessimism of Nick Davies' Flat Earth News but it is also a realistic manifesto for how the virtues and the business of traditional journalism can be reborn. It makes a provocative case for a new approach to the ethics and practice of news production and describes how media diversity and literacy must be reinvented.

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.

Charlie Beckett is the director of POLIS at LSE.

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'Charlie Beckett provides a serious but accessible introduction to the challenges facing contemporary journalism, intellectually and professionally. Presenting an argument for the importance of journalism in society, whilst also recognising the impact of business and technology on that contribution, Super Media will be invaluable to media students wanting a cutting-edge survey from an experienced and reflective practitioner.'
Adrian Monck, head of the Department of Journalism and Publishing, City University, London

'The idea and practice of networked journalism needs this thorough examination and this manifesto in its favor. And I second Charlie Beckett's contention that we in the news business and in society need networked journalism not just to protect but to expand journalism's future.'
Jeff Jarvis, blogger and professor, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

'Charlie Beckett knows the business from the inside, and in Super Media it shows. A powerful analysis of the great challenges facing all of us, whether reporters readers, bloggers or viewers. Read it, and act!'
Jon Snow, presenter, Channel 4 News

'This important book charts a course through journalism's current crises of Trust, Economics and Technology and points to a way of reconnecting with a broad social purpose.'
Richard Sambrook, BBC News