First Look finds the hard part isn’t the journalism, it’s reinventing how a newsroom works


Ever since former Rolling Stone investigative reporter Matt Taibbi suddenly left First Look Media — which had wooed and finally won him over by promising him his own magazine-style site devoted to politics called The Racket — there have been questions raised about why, and whether it meant that all was not well at the new-media entity, created with much fanfare by eBay billionaire Pierre Omidyar last year. Now the organization itself has reported on Taibbi’s departure, and provided a glimpse at the turmoil that has been going on inside the startup.

This inside look at the functioning (or lack of functioning) within First Look was published by The Intercept, which is one of the other flagship “magazines” launched by the company — staffed by former Guardian blogger Glenn Greenwald, filmmaker Laura Poitras, former Democracy Now correspondent Jeremy Scahill and former Gawker Media editor John Cook. All four have…

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