The most exciting news I’ve heard in months

Glenn Greenwald is creating a new journalism operation from the ground up thanks to funding from Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay. Word is that all profits from the operation will be reinvested in the new organization. According to Omidyar, Greenwald had been working with Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill to develop a new online media organization anyway; Omidyar’s funding will enable them to go much further.

I expect a lot of breathtaking scoops and advocacy journalism from the new organization; I also expect a lot of condescending “yes well they’re not real journalists” statements from the establishment press.

When Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post, I publicly wished for him to run the Post as if it were a nonprofit, prioritizing good journalism over profits, kind of like the Texas Tribune. Bezos has said that he’ll make no changes at the Post, which is a shame because their columnists are the worst. But occasionally the Post does publish some groundbreaking watchdog journalism, so maybe Bezos will be encouraging more of the same.

Even though it’s neither widely duplicable or sustainable, the trend of independent-minded rich guys buying into journalism might be good when it comes to the type of journalism Greenwald specializes in. But don’t expect any cutting-edge investigative reports on, for example, capitalism and full employment. Bezos and Omidyar may be seriously concerned about the health of modern journalism and the First Amendment, but they are both businessmen with profits to protect. I expect we’ll see some Democracy Now! type reporting on human rights and freedom alongside some Wall Street Journal type reporting on corporations and unions. But who knows? Greenwald, of all people, may be able to convince Omidyar to keep his hands completely off the journalism side of the operation.

Students recognized for response to censorship

  1. First came the press release from the SPLC

  2. Then this tweet from Glenn Greenwald …
  3. ggreenwald
    Love this story: high school students censored from writing about gay issues, start their own newspaper, win award http://is.gd/Po4t6q
    Wed, Sep 19 2012 04:06:07
  4. … which led to a lot of retweets and new tweets:
  5. LudditeWebDev
    Pupils in Kentucky banned from writing about homosexuality in school newspaper, so publish their own. They win award. http://www.splc.org/news/newsflash.asp?id=2447
    Wed, Sep 19 2012 05:17:17
  6. MattGeorgMoore
    Congrats to The Red Pen (duPont Manual High School) for winning the 2012 Courage in Student Journalism Award: http://www.splc.org/news/newsflash.asp?id=2447
    Wed, Sep 19 2012 12:11:21
  7. lnebres
    These student journalists, deep in Red America, are truly making a difference. What have you done lately? 🙂 http://www.splc.org/news/newsflash.asp?id=2447
    Wed, Sep 19 2012 09:00:21
  8. katbrown82
    Quite phenomenal journalism and courage from American high school students. Read and be inspired: http://www.splc.org/news/newsflash.asp?id=2447id=2378 (via @rupertneate)
    Wed, Sep 19 2012 04:42:21
  9. mntsoper
    @ggreenwald The Red Pen story is truly inspiring! You must feel so honored that they traveled to see and interview you – awesome stuff. 🙂
    Wed, Sep 19 2012 10:34:03
  10. OccupySuburbanM
    Censored Students fight back and self publish newspaper w/ Gay issues winning National award for courage http://bit.ly/QmBrJy #LGBT ❤
    Wed, Sep 19 2012 06:20:24
  11. GDSdebate
    Check out the winner of the SPLC Courage in Student Journalism award, The Red Pen (expat/”underground” @ duPont Manual) http://www.theredpen.org
    Wed, Sep 19 2012 04:21:08
  12. bradluttrell
    duPont Manual HS independent newspaper, The Red Pen, won @Splc’s 2012 Courage in Student Journalism Award http://ow.ly/dNLhu #Louisville
    Tue, Sep 18 2012 08:34:06
  13. Then Greenwald mentioned the students in his Guardian column:
  14. And the Human Rights Campaign also brought it up on their blog:

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