NYT: Craig Newmark, Newspaper Villain, Is Working to Save Journalism

By David Streitfeld

SAN FRANCISCO — Craig Newmark, so often accused of destroying journalism, is now doing his best to revive it.

In the late 1990s, Mr. Newmark, a former IBM programmer, built a service that allowed people to find apartments, jobs, computer parts, sexual partners, rides out of town and all sorts of other things through the newfangled consumer internet.

Craigslist was fast, free and popular, which means you could be pretty sure of getting what you wanted or getting rid of what you didn’t want.

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