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Pierre Omidyar, left, with Virgin founder Richard Branson. copyright dedecms

Greenwald, along with documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, is one of the keepers of the keys to the cache of documents purloined by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Greenwalds reports based on those files touched off the current debate about the NSAs massive surveillance apparatus and seemingly unrestricted spying practices.


A recent study by a former executive editor at the Post, which examined the Obama administrations aggressive policies toward leakers such as Snowden, as well as the administrations dealings with the press, found that sources for stories involving national security are r less likely to talk to reporters now that mass spying by the NSA has come to light. 本文来自织梦

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Omidyar told Rosen that the idea for the venture gathered steam after he spoke with Greenwald and learned that he and Poitras, along with The Nations Jeremy Scahill, had themselves been thinking of launching some sort of independent journalism enterprise. copyright dedecms

Edward MoyerEdward Moyer is an associate editor at CNET News and a many-year veteran of the writing and editing world. He enjoys taking sentences apart and putting them back together. He also likes them from scratch.


Omidyar told Rosen that he wants the new venture to bring hard-hitting journalism to a general readership. Toward that end it will also feature sports, entertainment, and tech reporting, and it will find, as Rosen puts it, the proper midpoint ween voicey blogging and traditional journalism, in which the best of both are combined.


And reporters too are feeling the heat. Indeed, as outlined in the Times profile, Poitras herself, wholl be working on video for the Omidyar venture, has been burdened by airport questionings and the like many times. And Greenwald recently saw his partner, David Miranda, detained at a UK airport for nine hours. 织梦内容管理系统

Poitras and Greenwald are an especially dramatic example of what outsider reporting looks like in 2013. They do not work in a newsroom, and they personally want to be in control of what gets published and when. When The Guardian didnt move as quickly as they wanted with the first article on Verizon [and the NSAs collection of Americans phone-call data], Greenwald discussed taking it elsewhere, sending an encrypted draft to a colleague at another publication. He also considered creating a Web site on which they would publish everything, which he planned to call NSADisclosures. In the end, The Guardian moved ahead with their articles. But Poitras and Greenwald have created their own publishing network as well, placing articles with other outlets in Germany and Brazil and planning more for the future. They have not shared the full set of documents with anyone... 本文来自织梦

Greenwald called the new venture a once-in-a-career journalistic opportunity yesterday, after news of his departure from the UKs Guardian news had leaked, and before Omidyars involvement had been revealed.

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Billionaire Pierre Omidyar is worried that the free press wont be so free after mass surveillance and aggressive policies toward whistle-blowers get through with it. Hes decided to take action.

Unlike many reporters at major news outlets, they do not attempt to maintain a cade of political indifference. Greenwald has been outspoken for years; on Twitter, he recently replied to one critic by writing: You are a complete idiot. You know that, right? 本文来自织梦

A recent profile of Poitras in The New York Times Magazine captures the independent spirit embodied by her and Greenwald:

I have always been of the opinion that the right kind of journalism is a critical part of our democracy, Omidyar is quoted as saying in a PressThink blog item posted Wednesday by media critic and former NYU journalism chair Jay Rosen.


The eBay founder, who with projects like community news site Civil Beat has previously moved into journalistic territory, has tapped Glenn Greenwald to help build a team of independent journalists with expertise, and a voice, and a following who can practice the art of deep-dive investigative reporting.


It brings together some of my interests in civic engagement and building conversations and of course technology, but in a very creative way, Omidyar told Rosen.


Omidyar, whose net worth has been estimated at $.5 billion, told Rosen that his time with eBay and in the tech world would be put into play with the new venture: Companies in Silicon Valley invest a lot in understanding their users and what drives user engagement, Omidyar said, mentioning Netflix and adding that the project will serve users in a personalized way. Itll also be a for-profit company, not a charity, though Rosen didnt speak of a money- strategy.

But the driving force is what Omidyar called his rising concern about press freedoms in the United States and around the world, a concern fueled by the recent news swirling around Snowden and the NSA. 织梦内容管理系统

By support Omidyar means many things. The first and most important is really good editors...Also included: strong back-end technology. Powerful publishing tools. Research assistance. And of course a strong legal team, because the kind of journalism [the new venture] intends to practice is the kind that is capable of challenging some of the most powerful people in the world.


Omidyar isnt the only tech heavyweight set to make a mark on the world of news. The $250 million that hes ready to put toward his new venture is the money hed earmarked to purchase The Washington Post -- which, of course, was bought instead by Amazons Jeff Bezos. 内容来自dedecms

Omidyar, with his new ventures support of independently minded journalists, hopes to provide a counterbalance. And hes apparently aware of what that might entail. As Rosen writes: 本文来自织梦

) Alarmed at the potential threat to a free press posed by aggressive attitudes toward leakers and by the National Security Agencys seemingly boundless spying powers, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar is set to pour at least $250 million into a new kind of journalism outfit.

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Rosen, who says Omidyar consulted with him about the yet-to-be-named project, reports that it will resemble what hes previously called the personal franchise model in news. You start with individual journalists who have their own reputations, deep subject matter expertise, clear points of view, an independent and outsider spirit, a dedicated online following, and their own way of working, Rosen writes. The idea is to attract these people...or find young journalists Spooked by NSA eBay founder plans hard-hitting news site Artscapable of working in this way, and then support them well.


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