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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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work