My OJR post on DocumentCloud, the much–buzzed–about $1-million Knight News Challenge grant proposal, is up. I did an e-mail interview with three of the proposal’s authors, Aron Pilhofer of The New York Times and Scott Klein and Eric Umansky of ProPublica. Here’s an excerpt:
Aron Pilhofer: The grant would be used to create an independent, non-profit organization called DocumentCloud, which would manage the grant, build and maintain the software and so forth. Given the intensely competitive nature of the news business, we reckoned that this project had to be in the hands of an independent, impartial broker in order for a consortium like this to work.