February 10, 2014

First Look Media | The Intercept

Glenn Greenwald’s new venture with e-Bay founder Pierre Omidyar launched Monday morning as The Intercept with two stories about the National Security Agency. The Intercept also began tweeting Monday morning.


First Look Media announced the new magazine early Monday morning.

The decision to launch The Intercept now was driven by the team’s sense of urgency and responsibility to continue and expand their reporting on the NSA story. The site’s first news article, by Greenwald and (Jeremy) Scahill, raises troubling new questions about the NSA’s methods of identifying targets for lethal drone strikes.

“Glenn, Laura, and Jeremy are relentless in their pursuit of a story and rigorous in finding the truth,” said Omidyar. “We share a belief in the fundamental importance of a free and independent press on keeping a democracy vital and strong. In all of our reporting, at The Intercept and beyond, we will be anchored by that vision and hold ourselves to the highest journalistic standards. First Look journalists have editorial independence and support and are encouraged to pursue the transformative and engaging stories of our time, no matter the subject.”

In the press release, First Look reports that The Intercept is the first “of what will eventually become a family of digital magazines.”


Last week, Mathew Ingram reported in GigaOm that former NPR social media wiz Andy Carvin announced he’d join Greenwald. Poynter wrote in November that New York University professor Jay Rosen joined First Look, as well as writer Ryan Devereaux, filmmaker Laura Poitras, former Huffington Post correspondent Dan Froomkin, former Rolling Stone editor Eric Bates, former Nation associate editor Liliana Segura and former Nation reporter Jeremy Scahill.

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