Earlier today, Dan announced that he's leaving the Merc.
I hope to pull together something useful that helps enable -- and demonstrates -- the emerging grassroots journalism that I wrote about in my recent book. Something powerful is happening, it's in the early stages and I have a chance to help figure this out.
I'm not ready to discuss the specifics yet, mainly because I have many more ideas than I could possibly try to put into practice at this point -- and we're early in the process of working out the venture's actual form.
Keep in mind that this project is now in what's known as the seed stage. It's not an operating entity yet, though I expect it will be. But we're some time away from that, with many issues to resolve in the meantime.
Wow. This is a Big Deal.
I have a quick story to tell about Dan...
Back at OSCON this year I attended his presentation about grassroots journalism and his excellent book. At the end of the talk I wanted to go introduce myself and tell him how much I admired what he's been doing. But I had to go somewhere else and there was a bit of a line.
I told myself I'd try to track him down later that day. But I never found him.
Later that evening, Derek and I were at the O'Reilly book signing event (where all the authors stand behind tables and sign their books for anyone who brings one up). I saw Dan come into the room and look around a bit. I wanted to go talk with him, but someone else was at the table chatting with us. Doh!
Much to my surprise, he saw me, came over and told me that he was a fan of my blog, etc.
I was floored!
Dan Gillmor came over to tell me that he liked what I was doing?!?! That was supposed to be the other way around!
I'm going to follow Dan's new venture with great interest. He's right about things changing. Not only did he notice before most of the world, I suspect he's going to be in a great position to lead that change.
Posted by jzawodn at December 09, 2004 09:25 PM