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Greenwald and Friends Add Two Journalists to News Venture

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Posted on Oct 29, 2013
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The new journalism enterprise funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and helmed by Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras has two new employees.

In a post on the Omidyar Group website, Greenwald announced that Dan Froomkin, formerly of The Huffington Post and The Washington Post, will be joining the venture. He’s a vet of Washington politics and a natural choice to help Greenwald flesh out the crew. Also hopping on board is Liliana Segura, who comes from The Nation and, before that, AlterNet. Segura has a focus on justice and prisons and is the second journalist to be pulled from the ranks of The Nation, where Jeremy Scahill has been national security correspondent.

Greenwald’s crew so far reflects his passion for justice, world affairs and political news. We have yet to see hires who might help the new organization’s stated intention of reaching a broader audience with sports and entertainment coverage. Of course, Greenwald and Omidyar are only getting started.

Omidyar reportedly committed up to $250 million to the venture, which is temporarily titled NewCo until a name can be chosen.

—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer

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