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The journalism project, First Look, started by Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill,  funded by Pierre Omidyar, is up and running


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Their first article ties the use of NSA metadata to drone killing. The article is being  published by The Intercept, one of what will be numerous digital magazines FirstLook will be publishing. 

My first impression is that FirstLook will be raising the bar and setting new standards for journalism, hopefully, which other media will seek to follow. 


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Glenn Greenwald has a Welcome introduction to the site, where he describes the short term mission: " Our short-term mission is limited but critically important: to provide a platform and an editorial structure in which to aggressively report on the disclosures provided to us by our source, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden."

And the long term mission:

"...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.

"We believe the prime value of journalism is that it imposes transparency, and thus accountability, on those who wield the greatest governmental and corporate power. Our journalists will be not only permitted, but encouraged, to pursue stories without regard to whom they might alienate."


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The site's about pag e tells more about First Look Publications.

The STAFF  page includes a masthead with a stellar crew. 

Check it out. Bookmark it. 
You can follow the Intercept on twitter at @the_intercept
When I first checked, it already had about 8500 followers. 90 minutes later, at 11:05 AM, it was up to 11.1 K. 

Once you get to their twitter page, you can follow the staffers by clicking on their FOLLOWING button. Oops. No. That doesn't work. When I first clicked on it, they were only following their staffers. Now they're following several hundred people. A lot of them are worth following if you're not following them already. 


 

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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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