image I, along with many of you, have been watching with morbid fascination at the bullet train ride to death that newspapers have been taking recently.

Without going into too much detail, I’ve been pondering a couple of different methods of filling the gap that’s soon to be there when most of the nations newspapers take that final nosedive.  I’m not egotistical enough to think that I can run the nation’s newspapers like Huffpo seems to think.

On the other hand, I do think it’s entirely possible, through a combination of aggregation tools and a few staff writers that I could nail down at least a couple of medium markets that I pretty good operating knowledge of.

That is to say, I think it can be done operationally, and it wouldn’t take a whole ton of money to make it happen (it could even be mostly bootstrapped to success, I think).

My question to you is twofold.

First: Do you think this is a worthwhile endeavor, or do you think the burnt husks of the current news organizations will reform into what’s needed to fill the local news need (or alternatively, are there other organizations that are better positioned to fill the gap in most markets)?

Second: Are there any venture capitalists or generous rich industrialists who are looking to fund teams to fill this gap?

I think both questions are important to know the answer to if you’re concerned as to what comes next.  I don’t think that the alternative can simply be trusted to evolve naturally in all cases.  There will be serious gaps in coverage as these organizations die before new ones can spring up (mostly because these current organizations are still in denial about their lifespan).

I’d like to, at least for a couple of markets I truly care about, keep these gaps from occurring.