In the video below, Jeremy Scahill fills out a little more detail on the new media venture he, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras are working on. Good to hear that they don’t intend to have a boss or be subject to the interference of editors.
They are obviously hoping to create some sort of journalist cooperative. That’s a model I’m all in favour of, though one wonders what kind of agreement they will need in place to ensure their financial backer, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, does not have editorial influence.
I find it revealing that Scahill says the three of them have been talking about this for a while, and well before Omidyar approached them. He mentions that the new venture will be “journalist-driven” and not “hindered by bureaucratic institutions or processes”.
The fact that these three senior journalists feel the need to liberate themselves and their work from traditional media organisations more than hints at the restrictions that operate within the mainstream media, even for the most established and influential journalists.
Greenwald, for example, wouldn’t be breaking away from the Guardian if that paper was already offering him real independence.