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