Founded by Pierre Omidyar, First Look Media is based on the belief that democracy depends on a citizenry that is highly informed and deeply engaged in the issues that affect their lives. First Look seeks to improve society through journalism and technology, to help individuals hold the powerful accountable, build responsive institutions and, most important, shape their communities and what happens in their lives for the better.
First Look Media is deeply committed to editorial independence. In fact, they have structured both their flagship organization and their growing network of digital magazines to provide their journalists with the kind of autonomy that is too often undermined by the demands of advertisers and investors. Their organization, First Look Media, is a 501c3 nonprofit. While they will vigorously seek out revenues as a way to sustain their work, the not-for-profit structure ensures that their journalism comes first – and that their writers have the freedom they need to pursue their reporting wherever it leads them.
Their founder, Pierre Omidyar, serves as CEO and publisher of First Look. He brings a wealth of experience to the organization as an entrepreneur and technologist, and he is deeply engaged in setting up the company and working to ensure its future. Pierre has no involvement in the newsroom’s day-to-day operations. All editorial decisions at First Look – from story assignments and blog posts to headlines and style guides – are made exclusively by their team of editors and reporters. Questions of journalism – what issues to cover, and how best to cover them – belong entirely to their journalists. Each editor in their network of digital magazines will answer those questions for themselves.
They are proud that their insistence on editorial independence has already attracted some of the most fiercely independent journalists of their day. They look forward to the outstanding work they will create with the autonomy and resources they’re providing them – and to the many other talented professionals who will join us in making First Look a model for great journalism, free from financial and political interference.
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