Craigslist, founded in 1995 by Craig Newmark of San Francisco, has been blamed for crippling newspapers by taking their classified advertising revenues. Now Craigslist is donating $1.6 million to UC Berkeley to create the first endowed faculty chair in New Media (as in the Internet). The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is putting up another $1.5 million to support research and scholarship at the newly created Berkeley Center for New Media. “When we were looking for a new chair, someone joked, ‘Why don’t you go to craigslist?'” Center Director Ken Goldberg told William Brand of the Oakland Tribune. “That’s what happened.” [UC Berkeley press release] [Chronicle]

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