To understand the larger media environment in which journalism is practiced—”the new ocean we’re swimming in,” as Jane Ellen Stevens calls it—she offers four must-read books:

“The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture,” by John Battelle.

“Taking the Big Gulp”
– Jane Ellen Stevens
“We the Media: Grassroots Journalism By the People, for the People,” by Dan Gillmor.

“Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution,” by Howard Rheingold.

“Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter,” by Steven Johnson.

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