An Early Look at 'First Look Media'

Jon Queally

The new journalism and technology enterprise being launched by billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar alongside journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill announced new details about its structure and intended goals on Monday.

Contained in a new animated video and a short blog post by Omidyar, the new organization—called 'First Look Media'—says that though the full service site envisioned won't be up until later in the year, its first digital magazine (one of many, they say) will be out shortly.

"Our goal is to experiment, innovate and overcome existing obstacles to make it easier for journalists to deliver the transformative stories we all need." —Pierre Omidyar

According to Omidyar, each digital magazine will cover a different topic or area, "have an independent editorial voice" with "a unique look and feel" and be led "by a visionary and experienced journalist or team of journalists."

In addition to the news operation, one of the key aspects of First Look will be to create a non-profit news site with a for-profit technology company alongside that, (at least in theory) will supply digital innovations as well as financial resources to help fuel the journalism.

"Rather than embedding technologies in the news room, we're building a technology company along side the news room," Eric Bates, former executive editor at Rolling Stones who joined First Look in November, told Mashable in an interview. "We're going to be looking at how to build technology that tells stories and distributes new stories in different ways."


Read Omidyar's blog here.


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