Investing in citizens

It’s odd to congratulate anyone for getting venture funding: Oh, good, now you have people properly breathing down your neck to make sure you perform; now your ass is on the line. In any case, I congratulate Merrill Brown and the guys at NowPublic for getting venture funding. I’m especially glad that there is investment going into networked journalism, citizens’ journalism, pro-am journalism, call it what you like: the growth of journalism. (Now Public will be among those talking at the Networked Journalism conference I’m holding at CUNY on Oct. 10.)