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Ebay founder to launch ‘a new kind of newsroom’ – First Look Media

Pierre Omidyar founder and chairman of the eBay auction site is entering the news delivery business with First Look Media which launches later this year. …and they are recruiting ‘ talented journalists, technologists, designers now’.

‘I’m Pierre Omidyar. Among other things, I’m a technologist, philanthropist, and publisher. I created First Look Media to meet this challenge of modern journalism. First Look is a marriage between a technology company and a new kind of newsroom. Our goal is to experiment, innovate and overcome existing obstacles – to make it easier for journalists to deliver the transformative stories we all need.’
Our team is hard at work. Today, there are three things we know about First Look:
• Number one: We’ll create multiple digital publications. Our flagship site will launch later this year, covering news and stories from entertainment and sports to politics and business. It will feature a wealth of original content and curated news. It will also draw from a family of digital magazines that we plan to launch. Each of these magazines will be dedicated to a specific topic. Each will have its own look and feel, its own editorial voice and each will be led by a visionary, experienced journalist.
• Number two: We’ll bring back to journalism what’s been lost – the critical but expensive support that’s often neglected in the digital age. In our model, teams of data analysts, fact checkers, visual designers, editors, and technologists will work together with writers, reporters and producers to create powerful stories presented in compelling packages.
We’ll give our journalists everything they need to do their jobs well. The freedom to travel. Legal protection when they need it. New and innovative technology. And the rarest resource of all – the time and organizational backing to develop their skills.
• Number three: Instead of simply putting a technology team inside a news organization, we’re building an entirely separate technology company. This allows us to play with ideas, develop new platforms, and explore ways to turn our innovations into commercial opportunities.

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