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2016 General Excellence in Online Journalism, Small Newsroom finalist

The Intercept

About the Project

Initially launched in 2014 to provide an outlet for the revelations of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, The Intercept is a digital magazine that seeks to expose abuses of power. With a full-time editorial staff of 40, The Intercept creates journalistic work with a distinctive point of view, emphasizing quality and originality and distributing its content via a range of digital channels. In pursuit of social impact, not profit, it provides a highly engaged audience with informed analysis and investigative reporting on national security, foreign policy, media, politics, corporate corruption, criminal justice, technology, surveillance, privacy and human rights.

Under Editor-in-Chief Betsy Reed, who took the helm in January 2015, The Intercept has emerged as a unique digital brand and a significant journalistic force. The Intercept defines itself as that rare breed, a digital magazine—deeply reported, stylishly written, carefully fact-checked, artfully designed, but created to be consumed online. Most importantly, it fulfills a unique and vital editorial mission: to bring accountability to the
powerful.

Day to day, Glenn Greenwald resets the terms of discussion for the U.S. media, upending assumptions with lacerating wit, illuminating erudition, and bracing intelligence. Newer to the scene is the incomparable Barrett Brown, whose mercilessly brilliant columns are often written from a solitary confinement cell in federal prison.

The Intercept was founded as a platform for the disclosures of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, and that muckraking spirit has infused our must-read coverage of national security, culminating in a blockbuster October series, The Drone Papers, which analyzes top-secret documents leaked by a new whistleblower in eight elegant articles, assembled in a stunning visual presentation.

And last summer, The Intercept published a multipart investigation of how DuPont poisoned whole communities and got away with it.

These are just a few examples of how The Intercept has blazed an exciting trail in online journalism.