What if we had a subforum set up for collaborative article writing? Maybe a way two or more members could get together and work on a common article that would later be submitted to an editorial board for publishing. Ideally what would happen is that an idea for an article could be proposed, interested members could then sign on to the project. If enough people with the right skills got together you could have writers, researchers, proof readers, graphic designers, computer literate types, et. al. co-operating to produce a more polished piece of original journalism. I think this could be a step towards not simply regurgitating the MSM talking points or opinon pieces .
I don't really know what kind of resources this would require to get going, or even how much the DP would get behind the idea. It might not be feasible to do it at all, but I thought I would put the idea out there.