Those books by Knight grantees just keep on coming. The latest from Jeff Jarvis, entrepreneurial journalism guru who runs the Tow-Knight Center at the City University of New York, looks to be one of the best so far. It’s ‘Gutenberg the Geek,’ a Kindle Single – and it connects the media technology dots in a highly readable, relevant way.
The book’s been getting great reviews from all over - because it places Gutenberg in a modern frame as the Steve Jobs of his time. The inventor of movable metal type had trouble raising money and basically had to bootstrap the venture that ushered in the mass media age. It does remind you of Steve Wozniak and Jobs launching the digital age from their garage.
CUNY’s Knight project so far has resulted in the nation’s first master’s degree in entrepreneurial journalism. Good to know the forward-thinkers there also can draw lessons from history.
By Eric Newton, senior adviser to the President at Knight Foundation