Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News


I have a new book about the future of news — or rather, about imagining many possible futures for news. It is my answer to the question I often hear: “So now that your damned, beloved internet has ruined news, what now?” I can’t and won’t predict. But I will explore opportunities the digital age presents for new relationships, new forms, and new business models for news.

I meant to write a white paper — my response to the fine papers out of Columbia. It metastasized into a book. In it, I explore many ideas I’ve discussed on my blog and with news organizations I’ve worked with. It is a personal brainstorming. I hope many others — journalists, publishers, journalism students, journalism teachers, technologists, entrepreneurs, investors — will also imagine more futures for news.

The book is published by the CUNY Journalism Press with help from OR Books. You can buy the paperback here; the ebook here; the combination here. There will soon be links to buy it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Google Play.

In addition, I will be posting the book, section at a time, on Medium, which is helping me do that. So you can read it for free there or help support CUNY by buying a copy.

I’ll be eager to hear what you think.