The challenge we have set for ourselves at First Look Media is to do things that haven’t been done before, to find ways to combine journalism and technology to improve society. We’re hard at work establishing a foundation for the company and part of that process has involved consulting with a number of people to help test our vision. Among those has been a former partner, John Temple, who helped found my first journalism start-up, Honolulu Civil Beat, as its first editor.
Today I am pleased to announce that John is joining First Look in a leadership role to help us achieve our mission. John is our President, Audience and Products.
I value John’s judgment. I’ve seen his commitment to questioning and testing ideas in action. He is a seasoned publisher and journalist who has embraced the endless possibilities at the intersection of technology and media. He is fresh from his post as a senior fellow at the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships program at Stanford, where he spent a year investigating how technology can better help people engage and connect with the news. I believe his skills will strengthen First Look during these early stages of development. He is a strong leader who believes in learning through experimentation, and who knows the power of being surrounded by passionate, driven people who challenge each other to try, fail, learn and try again.
I saw John’s commitment and integrity first hand when we worked side-by-side building Honolulu Civil Beat. We took our lofty ideas of what might be possible and turned them into a thriving local news organization that gives the public a powerful voice in the community. It wasn’t easy, and there were times when we confronted challenges we didn’t know how to solve. But four years later it serves as a reminder of how bringing together the right people and resources can create lasting impact in the world.
John has an impressive journalism background, which you can learn more about here. I’m excited to learn from his perspective and work with him to fulfill First Look’s efforts to reimagine journalism for the digital age.