Before I started thinking about reinventing local news, I started blogging, at the behest of my pal Dan Michalski.

After a while, I started seeing an alternate future for news, although the best way I knew to express it at the time was an idea for a Fletch-meets-Blade Runner novel about a future in which there were no traditional newspapers, but instead hordes of freelance independent journalists fighting for pennies in pageviews.

Chris Nolan has inadvertently saved the world from my not-so-great American novel.

Mike Orren is the Chief Product Officer of The Dallas Morning News; President of Belo Business Intelligence; husband to Crystal Orren; and a Mungarian at Munger Place Church in Dallas, TX. All opinions herein are mine alone.