Our friend emptywheel’s joining up with First Look, Pierre Omidyar’s new online publishing venture.

I’ll let her describe how she fits in:

I’ve got some exciting new beginnings — and some continuity — to announce.

As Pierre Omidyar and Eric Bates just announced, I will be joining First Look Media as part of a new magazine that will publish Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill, and others’ work. It’s really exciting to join Glenn and others in their work, and to join the larger First Look effort as it launches.

But that opportunity won’t change much here. I am just working for First Look as a consultant — just doing document analysis, not my own reporting — and just part time. I will continue to do the kind of reporting I always do here — and potentially for other media outlets.

Also signed up are Peter Maass and Ryan Gallagher. From First Look’s announcement:

Peter Maass, an experienced and respected investigative journalist, joins the team as a senior staff writer. Peter has written about war, media and national security for the New York Times MagazineThe New Yorker and The Washington Post. He is the author of Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War, an award-winning memoir about the conflict in Bosnia, and Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil. Peter has reported on the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is working on a book about surveillance.

Marcy Wheeler, an independent journalist best known for her deep analysis of legal documents on counterterrorism programs, will serve as senior policy analyst. She will work with the staff as a consultant on an article-by-article basis while she continues her renowned blogging on national security and civil liberties at Emptywheel.net. Marcy has written for The Guardian and Salon, among other publications, and appears frequently on television and radio. She is the author of Anatomy of Deceit, a primer on the CIA leak investigation into the outing of Valerie Plame.

Ryan Gallagher, a Scottish journalist, has broken a series of stories about controversial government surveillance technologies, shining a light on spy agencies and uncovering links between Western technology firms and governments in repressive countries. As a reporter on the team, Ryan will contribute in-depth coverage and investigative reports on issues related to national security, technology, and civil liberties. Ryan’s work has appeared in leading publications around the world including SlateThe Guardian, the Sydney Morning Herald, and the Financial Times.

According to Omidyar, @GGreenwald and @JeremyScahill will announce the launch date shortly, (it’s next week).  Follow them on twitter along with @emptywheel, @rj_gallagher and @maassp.

Like Marcy says Woohoo!

This short video gives you an idea what Omidyar, Bates & Co. have in mind (in store?):