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.

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

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