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Two new great books every journalist should read

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By David Silverberg
Posted Nov 4, 2011 in Business
I recently read two fantastic books on new media that should be on every journalist's bookshelf. They each expertly dissect the future of media and how to best prepare for journalism trends bound to change how we report and publish the news.
First, Curation Nation by Steven Rosenbaum is a useful guide to figuring out how this "curating content" trend will transform journalism. Curation, as Rosenbaum describes it, lets people sort through the digital excess and find what's relevant. Look at the mountain of news overwhelming us today. How can we find out what's relevant, what's fluff? A news curator would sift through the headlines and publish what's important to us, based on the data we input in, say, a social media network.
Facebook intends to be curators. So is Huffington Post. To a certain extent, so is DigitalJournal.com.
It should be noted curation in news isn't entirely new, as Robert Scoble points out in the book: "...a newsroom is a curation engine. You have groups of editors who go through the Associated Press wire feed...Part of it was just picking one article out to put in the newspaper."
But times have changed, and as more news readers go online, a new division of content curators will have to figure out business models to support their start-ups.
Also on my reading radar is Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live. Written by citizen journalism supporter and New York professor Jeff Jarvis, this book is a must-read for anyone curious why we love "oversharing" on social networks, Google, news sites, etc. Is going public a privacy invasion or the way of the future?
(Title sounds familiar? We excerpted two sections last month on DigitalJournal.com)
I really like the chapter on the "radically public company," where Jarvis envisions a new business - could be a news company - where transparency is a top priority and this company opens as much data as possible to the public. Also, this company "would become collaborative, opening up design, support, marketing, even strategy to its public, releasing and beta products in progress."
I'm curious what other media books you've read recently. What do you recommend?

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