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John Temple Named President, Audience and Products at First Look Media

John Temple, experienced publisher, editor and writer, has joined First Look Media as President, Audience and Products. Working directly with founder Pierre Omidyar, Temple will develop the best ways to serve audiences as well as oversee the company’s editorial vision.

Temple has spent the last year in residence at Stanford University as a senior fellow in the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships program, focusing on design thinking as applied to journalism challenges. In 2010, Temple helped launch Omidyar’s first journalism start-up, Honolulu Civil Beat.

“As First Look continues to evolve and grow, John will bring a unique perspective that will enable further experimentation and exploration of product development and editorial direction to best connect with our audiences,” said Omidyar.

Throughout his career, Temple has created innovative ways for people to receive and engage with the news. As managing editor at the Washington Post, Temple was instrumental in combining traditional news with digital tools and platforms, bringing engineers into the newsroom to work side-by-side with journalists. He helped break new ground by creating digital offerings designed to inform voters and encourage them to interact, and share their election experience, nearly doubling the traffic to Washingtonpost.com over the 2008 election.

At the Rocky Mountain News—which earned four Pulitzer Prizes under Temple’s leadership as editor, president, and publisher—he pioneered citizen journalism, launching YourHub.com, a network of community websites where the public could post news they thought was important alongside stories from journalists. Temple also served as vice president/news of the newspaper division of the E.W. Scripps Co.

“I’m honored to join the talented team at First Look and help fulfill its important mission,” Temple said. “It’s a dream come true to be part of building a new media company committed to service and experimentation.”

Temple will be based in San Francisco. He started on Monday, June 9.

About First Look Media

First Look Media seeks to reimagine journalism for the digital age, combining the promise of technological innovation with the power of fearless reporting. Founded by Pierre Omidyar, the organization will pursue original, independent journalism that is deeply reported and researched, thoroughly fact checked, and beautifully told. We are driven above all by a belief that democracy depends on a citizenry that is not just highly informed, but deeply engaged. In all our work, we are committed to strict standards of accuracy and honesty, a willingness to report our own errors and inconsistencies, and a deep respect for the transformative power of true stories. To learn more, visit www.firstlook.org.

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