Two prestigious institutions, the Knight Foundation and the Aspen Institute, want to do something about that and have teamed up to create the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy.
Earlier this week, the commission held a forum at the Google campus in Mountain View. I was invited because over the past year I've been conducting the Next Newsroom Project, where with money from the Knight Foundation I've been trying to design "the newsroom of the future." (Any suggestions?)
The discussion during the daylong session ranged all over the map. But one key theme came up repeatedly that I think should top the commission's agenda:
In a world where everyone is becoming a publisher, how can a community find information that it can trust?
Read on at Mercury News.