I'm part of an EU-US study group looking into university training and digital creative industries (which includes journalism). The study is being funded to produce a set of recommendations for high-level policymakers and to create industry advisory panels.
While it may sound a bit exotic, it has implications for smaller communities. The EU experience, especially in Britain, so far has been that DCI can also be an economic driver for communities.
Details are on my blog http://bit.ly/DCIstudy
If you would take a minute to read what I've posted and lend your thoughts or recommendations, I'd appreciate it.