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First Look Media, the Pierre Omidyar-backed nonprofit news org, announced the first in a series of digital magazines today, as promised in its launch video. The Intercept will cover issues of criminal and civil justice, especially as it relates to the NSA story.

the-intercept-logoOur focus in this very initial stage will be overwhelmingly on the NSA story. We will use all forms of digital media for our reporting. We will publish original source documents on which our reporting is based. We will have reporters in Washington covering reactions to these revelations and the ongoing reform efforts.

We will provide commentary from our journalists, including the return of Glenn Greenwald’s regular column. We will engage with our readers in the comment section. We will host outside experts to write op-eds and contribute news items.

Our longer-term mission is to provide aggressive and independent adversarial journalism across a wide range of issues, from secrecy, criminal and civil justice abuses and civil liberties violations to media conduct, societal inequality and all forms of financial and political corruption. The editorial independence of our journalists will be guaranteed, and they will be encouraged to pursue their journalistic passion, areas of interest, and unique voices.

So far, they have two articles up: the first by Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald on NSA targeting for drone assassinations, the second a series of aerial photographs by Trevor Paglen.

— Caroline O'Donovan
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  • Informerly

    Are they actually using the term “digital magazine” anywhere, or that’s just in the Nieman headline? If so, I’m definitely a bit worried about how forward-thinking this project is.

  • Joshua Benton

    It’s their language: “the first of what will be numerous digital magazines published by FLM.”

  • Informerly

    Thanks. Still amazed they’re going with a term with such a tie to print. I’m very curious what the whole tech side of FLM will look like, as everything seems to be leaning towards fairly traditional article-based journalism.

  • AramZS

    Looks like the site is plagued with 503s right now. Either they were very badly prepared for high traffic or traffic is off-the-charts higher than they expected.

    I can’t read the journalism right now, though the design of the site is somewhat uninspiring. The people on board give me high hopes for FLM. Hopefully they’re proven out.

  • ceodonovan
  • Informerly

    Oh wow. Thanks for that. Only Mathew Ingram could awesomely dive this deep into media minutiae.