Dan Gillmor, a former Merc columnist and proponent of citizen journalism, has joined Salon.com as a reporter and columnist, according to a news release.

Gillmor left the Merc in 2005 to start a citizen journalism site called Bayosphere, which didn’t work out because of a lack of interest by readers and would-be contributors.

But he has used his experiences to set up a foundation for citizen journalism. While writing for Salon.com, Gillmor will remain as director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University.

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4 Comments

  1. Who better to set up foundations for “citizen” journalism, or direct a center for “entrepreneurship” than someone whose own website died for lack of interest by everyone on Earth. So now he scores paychecks from a university that shackles journalism students to $80,000 of debt, and a website that has squandered more money than a MediaNews bankruptcy.

  2. He learned the hard way that it isn't easy for online journalists to draw a large audience or make money.

  3. Perfect. Now Salon can host the mutterings of a guy who perfected the art of writing for the disinterested.

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