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First Look Media has renewed a $100,000 grant to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to support a…

First Look Media has renewed a $100,000 grant to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to support a yearlong fellowship focusing on the legal issues affecting journalism and technology.

The First Look Media Fellowship will be offered to a lawyer whose experience in tech law and journalism will help develop and expand RCFP’s relationships with the technology community and digital and data journalists. The fellow will take a lead role in directing RCFP’s policy and litigation work on issues including—but not limited to—cybersecurity, the future of media, free expression, access to government data, privacy, intermediary liability, and government surveillance. The complete job description, including how to apply, is on the Reporters Committee website.

Lynn Oberlander, General Counsel, Media Operations, for First Look Media commented, “We are delighted to be able to support the work of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. The Reporters Committee is one of the nation’s premier organizations protecting the ability of journalists to report in the public interest, and the First Look Media legal tech fellow will help develop the awareness and implementation of technology crucial to journalism in the 21st century.”

“We are very grateful to First Look Media for enabling this breakthrough position, which will be tremendously useful to defending the First Amendment and creating valuable new legal resources for journalism technology,” said Reporters Committee Executive Director Bruce D. Brown.

About the Reporters Committee

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press was founded by leading journalists and media lawyers in 1970 when the nation’s news media faced an unprecedented wave of government subpoenas forcing reporters to name confidential sources. Today it provides pro bono legal representation, amicus curiae support, and other legal resources to protect First Amendment freedoms and the newsgathering rights of journalists. Funded by corporate, foundation and individual contributions, the Reporters Committee serves the nation’s leading news organizations; thousands of reporters, editors, and media lawyers; and many more who use our online and mobile resources. For more information, go to, or follow us on Twitter @rcfp.

About First Look Media Works

FLMW is a digital news media organization on a mission to create a world with greater understanding, engaged citizens and responsive institutions. It publishes The Intercept, a digital publication focused on national security, criminal justice and other areas of interest. Through Field of Vision, it produces documentary films on a range of issues. FLMW also makes grants to other charitable organizations that support independent journalism and a free press, and sponsors a Press Freedom Litigation Fund, designed to strengthen the ability of journalists to pursue legal action where a substantial public interest is at stake.

First Look Media Works, Inc (“FLMW”) is a non-profit, non stock corporation formed on August 28, 2013 in the state of Delaware. FLMW is organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. On November 9, 2015, FLMW received its official 501 (c)(3) status with the IRS retroactive to August 28, 2013.


Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Katie Townsend
Litigation Director

First Look Media
Lynn Oberlander
General Counsel, Media Operations

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· Fellowships