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.
"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.