Dan Gillmor as of today is no longer a columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, the leading newspaper of Silicon Valley. Gillmor is leaving the world of paper editing for greener pastures, starting a project to make citizen journalism (powered by weblogs) a mainstream phenomenon.
In his final column in Sunday's newspaper, Gillmor reflects on the 10 years he lived in Silicon Valley, how mobile computing and file sharing are bringing computing power to new geographies and how the internet bubble changed Silicon Valley and gave rise to outside competitors.
Dan Gillmor, not to be confused with his brother Steve who is a reporter with ZDNet, will start an online "grass-roots journalism" venture. "This opportunity, to help create something truly new and valuable, is too exciting not to try," he writes in his column. Grass-roots journalism was the focus of the book "We the media" that Gillmor published last year.
I'll miss your columns, Dan, but trust you'll keep up the good work on your new weblog.
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