The first yield of First Look Media, Pierre Omidyar's substantial investment in journalism, surfaced today. The Intercept is the effort of Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill and will focus on further revelations from the surveillance secrets spirited away by Edward Snowden. The initial contributions include a story on the imprecise use of drones to assassinate and an aerial photographic essay on security operations.
Mahir Zeynalov, writing for Al Arabiya, chronicles his travails under the Turkish government: smears, persecution, deportation. He looks at the effort to trump charges and deny rights in the country, all over one anti-prime ministerial Tweet, that forced him back to Azerbaijan.
Paul Steiger, the founder of ProPublica, delivered a speech last week in receiving a foundation award. In it he argues that the period of the 1950s to 1970s was the closest thing America had to a golden age of journalism. About today's situation, he says: We are not quite there yet. He buys into digital-first thinking. But he worries about economics. Significantly lacking is an understanding of how journalism will be financed.