Jay Rosen joins the new Greenwald-Omidyar press outfit

The outline of the new Omidyar-Greenwald media venture is taking shape. New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen is the latest to sign up and he gives some information about it, including the people who have joined so far. It is a good list. I am familiar with most of the names and the ones that are unfamiliar such as Liliana Segura and Eric Bates have biographies that look promising.

Rosen explains why he joined and the implications for his future writing. Up to now he has been covering the media (very well, I might add) as an outsider. But since he is now an insider to this outfiit, he acknowledges that readers will have to weigh what he says differently, especially when he writes about their own activities.

He has some interesting observations about how journalists present their work. The popular idea that they present “The View From Nowhere”, i.e., completely objectively, is of course untenable though it is a conceit that many in the mainstream cling to. But if not that, then what? What would “The View From Somewhere” be like? Rosen tries to give some idea but this is clearly a work in progress.