Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Gillmor: Foundations could fund reporting

Former Merc columnist Dan Gillmor, who was part of the now-defunct Backfence community journalism start-up, says in a Chronicle op-ed that community foundations should fund news-gathering projects. Ideas he suggests include:
    • Provide seed funding for a network of local blogs and other community sites combining a variety of media, adding journalism training for the people involved.

    • Pay the salary of an investigative journalist at a local newspaper. ...

    • Help get local and regional governmental data online in ways that anyone, not just database specialists and professional journalists, can easily use for a variety of purposes.

    • Fund local media-literacy education for this media-saturated age.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

the only thing worse than the government funding newspapers is to have foundations and nonprofits funding them ... has gillmor lost his mind?