Because of a little mailing fluke, I have two copies of a book I am super excited to read — PAGE ONE: Inside the New York Times from Public Affairs. The book is a collection of essays on the future of journalism, timed to coincide with a recently-released documentary about the newspaper. The essays range from pieces about The New York Times to stories on the changing landscape of journalism and finally to some thoughts on how citizens can think about the media. Here’s a better summary:
The news media is in the middle of a revolution. Old certainties have been shoved aside by new entities such as WikiLeaks and Gawker, Politico and the Huffington Post. But where, in all this digital innovation, is the future of great journalism? Is there a difference between an opinion column and a blog, a reporter and a social networker? Who curates the news, or should it be streamed unimpeded by editorial influence?
Expanding on Andrew Rossi’s “riveting” film (Slate), David Folkenflik has convened some of the smartest media savants to talk about the present and the future of news. Behind all the debate is the presence of the New York Times, and the inside story of its attempt to navigate the new world, embracing the immediacy of the web without straying from a commitment to accurate reporting and analysis that provides the paper with its own definition of what it is there to showcase: all the news that’s fit to print.
I’ve only skimmed the book so far, but I really looks good. Because I have two copies, I decided to give one away to one of my readers. There’s just one catch — if you win the book, I want to work out some sort of review agreement where we’ll both post about the book sometime in July. This can be as simple as posting reviews on the same day, or as complicated as doing an e-mail discussion about the book to post. The winner and I will work things out via e-mail.
If you’d like to enter to receive a copy of PAGE ONE: Inside the New York Times to read and review in July, click the link below to go to the form. The giveaway is open until midnight on Saturday, June 25.
Remember! If you are selected, you’re agreeing to some sort of review in the month of July, so make sure that’s a possibility for you!
A Disclosure: I was mailed two copies of this book by the publisher, but I will be paying to pass one copy along to a reader.