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JEA One Book for spring 2015

JEA has named its semiannual One Book.

“Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News” by Jeff Jarvis was selected as the next JEA One Book with 41 percent of the votes in the online poll.

They say journalism is dying. But is it? In “Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News,” Jarvis argues that even though our tools as journalists have changed, our mission and values remain the same.

To purchase this book about the future of journalism, visit the the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism’s website ($20), or you can download a copy for $9.99 to your Kindle.

Twitter discussions will be held in February and March, leading up to a face-to-face discussion at the JEA/NSPA convention in Denver.

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Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News
By Jeff Jarvis, @jeffjarvis

Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News by Jeff Jarvis was selected as the next JEA One Book.

Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News by Jeff Jarvis was selected as the next JEA One Book.

Technology has disrupted the news industry — its relationships, forms and business models — but also provides no end of opportunities for improving, expanding, reimagining and sustaining journalism. Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News is a creative, thought-provoking and entertaining exploration of the possible future(s) of news by Professor Jeff Jarvis, who leads the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

To Jarvis, journalism helps a community better organize its knowledge so it can better organize itself: “But we in the field came to define ourselves less by our value and mission and more by our media and tools — ink on pulp or slick paper, sound or images over airwaves. Now we have new tools to exploit. Those tools require new skills and create new value. But at the core, we serve citizens and communities.” He offers not a single definitive future of journalism and news, but a range of possibilities depending on how journalists and journalism evolve – with the help of the “geeks” whose advances in media technology offer many opportunities for journalists and media entrepreneurs who are willing to think creatively and take risks.

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