August 12, 2014

First Look Media

Matt Taibbi announced two hires for his as yet unnamed magazine Tuesday: Laura Dawn, executive director of multimedia and Edith Zimmerman, who will be a senior writer.

Edith Zimmerman founded The Hairpin. She has also written for Vulture, New York Times Magazine, GQ, Elle and This American Life, the announcement says.

Dawn was creative and cultural director of from 2003-2011, where she produced over 500 media pieces and two full-length documentaries that garnered more than 80 million views, according to the announcement.

Taibbi’s magazine will scrutinize “the ongoing financial crisis and the political machinery that makes it possible,” according to First Look Media. The publication will be the organization’s second, after The Intercept, a venture led by Glenn Greenwald that brings “adversarial” reporting to issues of national security and government surveillance.

First Look Media’s founder, Pierre Omidyar, announced July 28 that the company plans to double its staff to 50 journalists by the end of the year and focus on building two core magazines rather than a large portfolio of publications, as it originally planned.

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Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism…
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