My Next Big Adventure: First Look Media

I’m very excited to announce that I’ve accepted a position at Pierre Omidyar’s new journalism venture, First Look Media. I’m joining an incredible group of journalists, including Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill and Dan Froomkin, among many others. It’s really a dream team of reporters, editors and technologists working together to build a news operation from the ground up, and I’m honored to be a part of it.

My role at First Look is still being fleshed out, but my initial goal is to help them craft a newsroom where engaging the public is a fundamental aspect of everything we do. From in-depth accountability journalism to building new reporting tools, there’s so much we can gain from working with the public, tapping into their wide range of experiences and expertise.

In addition to my social media work at First Look, I’m also hoping to spend more time practicing journalism on issues like human rights, Internet freedom and protest movements around the world. If you’ve enjoyed my work using social media to cover the Arab Spring, stay tuned – I’m just getting warmed up.

For the next few months, I’ll work part-time at First Look, as I’m also conducting a research project at Columbia Journalism School’s Tow Center on breaking news and social media. Once that project winds down later this spring, I’ll devote all of my energies working with Pierre and the rest of the First Look team.

So here’s to a new venture – and a new adventure. Wish me luck! -andy

13 Responses to “My Next Big Adventure: First Look Media”

  1. Congratulations! Having you on-board is another good sign that First Look is going to turn out something fantastic. I’m excited to see how it all works.

  2. George Kelly says:

    Congratulations, and good luck!

  3. Amanda says:

    Congratulations, Andy! That sounds like such an interesting opportunity (and an incredible team). Wow. I hope you love it!

  4. OH Andy this is such a perfect place for you! Will you stay in the DC area? It always pleases me when I see someone totally talented recognized like this. I feel like a proud aunt or something, since I’ve seen you travel so many years along this webby path of our.

  5. Asim Haneef says:

    Fantastic news! Congrats.

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  7. heather gold says:

    This is terrific. Wishing you the best. If you come out to the Bay Area at all let me know so we can celebrate in person!

  8. Jill Whalen says:

    Sounds like a great fit. Enjoy!

  9. Jill Collins says:


    I am so excited for you! Can’t wait to experience what all of you create. I’m with Heather – let me know when you come back to the Bay Area, I’ve got a book for you to sign. :)

  10. Sounds fantastic and like others have said a great fit. Looking forward to continue to read and follow your work!

  11. Jennifer Preston says:

    Am thrilled for you. Your work during the Arab Spring led the way for all of us. Can’t wait to see where you are be takng us next. And I want to hear more about you work at the Tow Center.! Jennifer

  12. Benet Wilson says:

    Andy: I am so pleased for you! And First Look Media is very lucky to have you!

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