First Look Media launches its first website, The Intercept
This morning the first of what it calls digital magazines has been launched by First Look Media. The Intercept is being published by former Guardian and Salon journalist Glenn Greenwald, as well as documentary film director Laura Poitras, and journalist Jeremy Scahill. The new site was launched before the main website for First Look Media was ready for launch.
First Look Media, backed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, is launching what it calls magazines, though the look of The Intercept is more similar to a barebones blog. The site features no advertising and stories are simply piled on top of each other rather than laid out like a news site. (I find it an unfortunate use of the term magazine, but what is to be done as TV networks have been using the term for years.)
“Our central mission is to hold the most powerful governmental and corporate factions accountable, and to do so, we will report on a wide and varied range of issues,” writes Greenwald, Poitras and Scahill in their introductory post.
“Our short-term mission is limited but critically important: to provide a platform and an editorial structure in which to aggressively report on the disclosures provided to us by our source, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. We decided to launch now because we believe we have a vital and urgent obligation to this story, to these documents, and to the public.”
The first post from Greenwald and Scahill documents the NSA’s use drones, while the second is from guest reporter Trevor Paglen who published aerial photographs of the National Security Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency buildings.
“Today’s launch is just the beginning,” Greenwald wrote on the First Look Media blog. “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.”
Late last week, First Look Media announced that they had brought Lynn Oberlander from The New Yorker onboard as general counsel for media operations. Also last week the journalism start-up announced that Michael Rosen, formerly of AT&T AdWorks, hd joined as chief revenue officer.