|[February 10, 2014]
First Look's The Intercept Launches with New NSA Revelations
NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--
Look Media, the news organization created by Pierre Omidyar, today
announced the launch of its first digital magazine, The Intercept.
It is the first of what will eventually become a family of digital
magazines published by First Look, covering topics from sports and
entertainment to politics and business. The site is live at theintercept.org,
and for the latest updates and news follow @the_intercept.
The Intercept will initially focus on new reporting involving the
disclosures made to Greenwald and Poitras by NSA whistleblower Edward
Snowden. Their previous work for a host of publications worldwide has
sparked a global conversation onthe extent of government surveillance
and the value of a free press.
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 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."
While the initial focus of The Intercept will be based on
documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, over time the
reporting will expand to a wide range of issues involving government and
"Today's launch is just the beginning," said Greenwald. "Our day one
story is significant and we have more coming. Laura, Jeremy, and I
recognize the responsibility in front of us, and are thrilled to be
embarking on this exciting and important journey."
In addition to the return of Greenwald's regular column, The Intercept
will offer ongoing commentary and analysis, publication of relevant
primary source documents, robust digital storytelling, and guest authors
who are experts in their fields.
First Look Media will launch a flagship site and additional digital
magazines later this year.
About First Look Media
First Look Media seeks to reimagine journalism for the digital age,
combining the promise of technological innovation with the power of
fearless reporting. Founded by Pierre Omidyar, the organization will
pursue original, independent journalism that is deeply reported and
researched, thoroughly fact checked, and beautifully told. We are driven
above all by a belief that democracy depends on a citizenry that is not
just highly informed, but deeply engaged. In all our work, we are
committed to strict standards of accuracy and honesty, and a willingness
to report our own errors and inconsistencies, and a deep respect for the
transformative power of true stories. To learn more, visit www.firstlook.org.
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