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Kevin Gosztola; Co-founder of ShadowProof-- a New, Progressive Investigative Journalism Site

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Kevin Gosztola and ShadowProof's new logo
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Kevin Gosztola has co-founded a new website, Shadowproof.com , that, like the Phoenix, has risen from the ashes of Firedoglake.com, where Kevin had written a column, The Dissenter, which he is continuing along with archiving all of the past content from Firedoglake.

Kevin was, earlier in his career, a writer and editor at OpEdNews.com.

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Rob: Tell us about Shadowproof

we're looking to support journalists with paid work.

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Rob: How you going to come up with the money.

a combination-- ads and then when we ran Firedoglake, we were pretty successful with donations. We're probably going to adopt a monthly support program. And this monthly support program will be giving people who are a part of our website something.

Baltimore Police were identifying people as "threats" ConstantNatalie was listed.

From that we developed a story.

Our most popular story that we've done in the last week, got over 20,000 views was about an ag gag law that was declared unconstitutional. Was important for journalists"

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Rob: Let's get into the basics on what the site will be doing

stories about whistleblowers, protests, the global security state and what they do to monitor social movements.

Another column by Brian Sonnenstein is about prison protests, about being incarcerated, criminal's rights, the "injustice s ystem" currently he's doing a series on a prison healthcare system.

Then there's the column, the BullPen, on America's class warfare that goes on by the superrich agains the 99%

Then there's the community section-- other stories that we're not going to be able to cover-- gives a platform for readers to comment"

Shadowproof mailbag-- responses to mail W'ere trying to set up shadow proof to be really responsive to our readers.

Rob: Plans

to let it keep growing. I have also taken an interest in the last month, trying to bring in more than news reporting-- that it's important to bring in arts and culture-- it fuels movements and also helps to prevent burnout. I've launched a protest music".

There's a lot of room for experimenting. And I've encouraged people to take risks.

Rob: You also covered Chelsea manning extensively. I assume that will continue too, right?

absolutely. That'll be a big part of shadowproof going forward.

Rob: anything else you want to see to the listeners at Bottom-Up Radio

I just want to thank all the people at OpEdNews who were my earliest and best reporters.

Rob: if you could transplant

many of the people who write for the Intercept-- Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald

Dave Zirin-- brings the intersection of sports and our society..

It's more ambitious and fulfilling to find new people and give them voices.

Rob: are you strictly looking for investigateive journalism or are you also looking for op-eds?

I think there's still a value for Op-eds and editorials but we are looking for stories that are not being covered in cities".

shadowproof.com

We look forward with collaborating"

Rob: Why shadowproof

it's about shining the light into the darkness, not allowing anything to remain in the shadows, also giving marginalized groups and voices an opportunity to speak.

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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