Thursday, October 17, 2013
Glenn Greenwald, who worked with Edward Snowden on the NSA leak story, and who recently left work at the Guardian newspaper, is working with Pierre Omidyar of eBay, to set up a new company to promote the work of independent journalists. Others involved are producer Laura Poitras (Flag Wars) and journalist Jeremy Scahill (Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army). Says Mr. Omidyar on his site:
Separate from my work with Omidyar Network and Democracy Fund, and as part of my growing interest to preserve and strengthen the role journalism plays in society, I explored purchasing The Washington Post over the summer. That process got me thinking about what kind of social impact could be created if a similar investment was made in something entirely new, built from the ground up. Something that I would be personally and directly involved in outside of my other efforts as a philanthropist.
I developed an interest in supporting independent journalists in a way that leverages their work to the greatest extent possible, all in support of the public interest. And, I want to find ways to convert mainstream readers into engaged citizens. I think there’s more that can be done in this space, and I’m eager to explore the possibilities.
Right now, I’m in the very early stages of creating a new mass media organization. I don’t yet know how or when it will be rolled out, or what it will look like.
What I can tell you is that the endeavor will be independent of my other organizations, and that it will cover general interest news, with a core mission around supporting and empowering independent journalists across many sectors and beats. The team will build a media platform that elevates and supports these journalists and allows them to pursue the truth in their fields. This doesn’t just mean investigative reporting, but all news.
Read the entire post here.