The $250 million news organization that eBay billionaire Pierre Omidyar is launching is still taking shape, but one of its characteristics is established: Unlike many American newspapers and TV networks, the startup won’t insist that its reporters observe the conventions of what is variously called objectivity, impartiality, or viewlessness.
This is evident in part because its most famous hire, Glenn Greenwald, has always been outspoken about his beliefs, and subscribes to the idea that “disclosing rather than hiding one’s subjective values makes for more honest and trustworthy journalism.” He’ll presumably keep operating as he always has, perhaps with more resources and editing tailored to his needs.
What’s less clear is how his colleagues and the organization they’re joining will operate. But a clue came with NYU media theorist Jay Rosen’s announcement that he’ll join the startup as an adviser. For many years, Rosen has been a leading critic of what he calls The View From Nowhere, or the conceit that journalists bring no prior commitments to their work. On his long-running blog, PressThink, he’s advocated for “The View From Somewhere”—an effort by journalists to be transparent about their priors, whether ideological or otherwise.
Rosen is just one of several voices who’ll shape NewCo. Still, the new venture may well be a practical test of his View from Somewhere theory of journalism. I chatted with Rosen about some questions he’ll face.
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Hand-made collectors edition of 67
106 pages, color
weight around 450 gr
4 plastic bags, a rope 1 meter long
Print 15×20 cm
*each 10 copies are somehow different from each other
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