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First Look Media: An Online Journalism Startup That Keeps On Hiring Big-Name Reporters
February 20, 2014
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If you haven't heard of First Look Media yet, you'll probably start hearing about it a lot more soon. The online news company was created by Pierre Omidyar, the Iranian-American co-founder of eBay, and it's been scooping up high-profile journalists at a rapid clip since late last year. Those journalists include Glenn Greenwald, best known for his in-depth reporting on Edward Snowden's leaks about NSA surveillance, Laura Poitras, a documentary filmmaker who worked with Greenwald on the Snowden stories, and Jeremy Scahill, a national security reporter.

As Omidyar explains in the video above, "These days we’re overwhelmed by all manner of media competing for our attention in this complex and interconnected world. We all want news and information in a way that works for each of us. But it’s hard to find on our own time, on our own devices, every day... Our goal is to experiment, innovate and overcome existing obstacles — to make it easier for journalists to deliver the transformative stories we all need."

First Look's first publication, The Intercept, launched last week, and is edited by Greenwald, Poitras and Scahill. In the short term, it's been publishing stories on previously unreported information from Snowden, and long-term, it aims to produce what it calls "fearless, adversarial journalism across a wide range of issues."

And just yesterday, First Look announced that it had hired Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi to assemble a team of journalists and launch a second digital magazine that will focus on financial and political corruption.

In 2008, Taibbi sat down in the red chair to talk U.S. politics with George:

The news of Taibbi's hiring comes a few weeks after the announcement of another high-profile online journalism startup: Ezra Klein, who built the U.S. politics site Wonkblog at the Washington Post, and Matt Yglesias of Slate, left their respective publications to build a new site nicknamed "Project X" with Vox Media, the company behind the successful tech site The Verge. 

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