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The Bay Citizen's Jon Weber–Editor of Web 1.0–Talks About Journalism 2.0

It’s been less than a year since the former top editor of the Industry Standard–the once high-flying (and then not so much) magazine of the Web 1.0 era–Jonathan Weber got back to the Bay Area from his stint away in Montana.

His latest job: Editor in chief of the Bay Area News Project, funded with $5 million from the foundation of San Francisco businessman Warren Hellman.

Like ProPublica’s investigative bent in New York, it’s a wealthy-donor-backed, nonprofit endeavor to focus on local news coverage, even as mainstream media outlets founder.

The Bay Citizen also has an agreement to share content with the New York Times (NYT).

The online site’s big stories of late, for example, have focused on the problems at PG&E (PCG), the powerful utility, in the aftermath of the San Bruno explosion.

Here’s Weber–who once chronicled the ups and then downs of the first rash of dot-com fever, and then founded another online news effort, New West–talking about the Bay Citizen, as well as where journalism is going online:

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald