Articles about "BuzzFeed"

Why are so many news organizations still worried about retweets by staffers?

Here’s our roundup of the top digital and social media stories you should know about (and from Andrew Beaujon, 10 media stories to start your day, and from Kristen Hare, a world roundup):

— At Reuters, Jack Shafer picks up on my piece yesterday about how so many news organizations — with The New York Times being a notable exception — still seem afraid of reporters’ retweets coming across as endorsements: “Are NPR, the AP, and Reuters’s editorial reputations really so fragile that a 140-character tweet or retweet by a staffer can blow the whole thing down?”

— Three months into the “temporary” Chicago Sun-Times comments ban, publisher and editor-in-chief Jim Kirk tells Robert Feder “he’s heard no complaints lately and he’s seen no drop-off in online traffic.” Comments should return with a new CMS “sometime around the fourth quarter.”

— BuzzFeed’s director of editorial products, Alice DuBois, on the photo “slide things” in popular posts lately: “I do think there’s a part of the editorial mission to keep pushing and experimenting,” she tells Poynter’s Andrew Beaujon.… Read more

Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 4.52.20 PM

What’s the deal with BuzzFeed’s ‘slide’ things?

BuzzFeed did not invent the photo slider, Alice DuBois wants you to know: “A lot of other sites have them,” BuzzFeed’s director of editorial products said. But BuzzFeed’s products team strives to keep getting new storytelling formats in front of editors, she said, noting that the publication had a lot of success with quizzes. (One of those quizzes, “What State Do You Actually Belong In?” is BuzzFeed’s most popular post of all time, with more than 41 million views.)

The sliders, which DuBois said took about two months to build, have lots of potential applications — in news (a before-and-after a natural disaster, she offered by way of example) as well as in entertainment. Two recent slider posts have done impressive traffic, BuzzFeed spokesperson Christina DiRusso said: “How Much The Kardashians Have Changed In Less Than A Decade,” which has 2.6 million views, 1.8 million of which came from social, and “34 Celebrities Who Share The Same Face,” which has 1.8 million views (1.3 million from social).… Read more


Glenn Greenwald returns, Daily Mail removes Clooney story

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. U.S. officials warned Muslims about Greenwald story: Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain reported in a piece published early Wednesday that the FBI and NSA have “covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans.” Prior to publication, they write, Justice Department officials “were reaching out to Muslim-American leaders across the country to warn them that the piece would contain errors and misrepresentations, even though it had not yet been written.” (The Intercept) | The authors will discuss the story on Reddit. (@ggreenwald)
  2. New Yorker plans changes to paywall: All articles will be available free for three months starting July 21, then it plans to charge “its most avid readers through a subscription plan.” (NYT)
  3. BuzzFeed reporter “would suck” at clickbait: BuzzFeed “hired me because they want me to do what I’ve done before: big investigative projects,” Chris Hamby writes in an AMA.
Read more
Waves crash over the bow of a tug boat as it passes near the Statue of Liberty in New York Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 as rough water as the result of Hurricane Sandy churned the waters of New York Harbor. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

How New York media outlets adapted after Hurricane Sandy

When hurricane season comes around, journalists at The Miami Herald start planning.

Reporters are told to keep extra fuel at their homes in case gas stations close. If a storm is imminent, the paper develops alternate distribution routes depending on wind speed and flooding. And editors ensure that their reporters aren’t all using the same cellphone network — that way, if a storm cuts service to a wireless provider, a large proportion of the newsroom will still be able to communicate.

“When you sit down here on the end of the peninsula, all you have to do is sit and look at historical maps of storm tracks, and you have to be prepared,” said Dave Wilson, a senior editor at the Miami Herald.

Compare that preparation with the chaos many news organizations endured two years ago, when Hurricane Sandy hammered the Northeast.… Read more

1 Comment

Cuba may have planted a story in The Daily Caller, WSJ turns 125

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories. From Kristen Hare, world media news. From Sam Kirkland, your digital day.

  1. Did Cuba plant a story in The Daily Caller? The CIA has “credible evidence” that Matthew Boyle‘s November 2012 Daily Caller story “Women: Sen. Bob Menendez paid us for sex in the Dominican Republic” may have been part of a Cuban plot to smear Menendez, a Castro critic. (The Washington Post) | Daily Caller EIC Tucker Carlson: “we’re making calls right now to see what we can dig up.” (Business Insider) | In February 2013, Erik Wemple looked at how Boyle’s story spread from The Daily Caller to mainstream outlets. (The Washington Post) | Alex Seitz-Wald in November 2012: “My conspiracy theory: @mboyle1′s source is Cuban Intelligence.” (@aseitzwald)
  2. Guardian releases financial results: Digital revenue was up 24 percent in a fiscal year that ended in March, print revenue was flat and total revenue was up about 7 percent.
Read more

Editor fired for Reddit shenanigans, BuzzFeed editors don’t shout

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories for the day before your long weekend. And from Sam Kirkland, your daily digital stories.

  1. Editor fired for gaming Reddit: Rod “Slasher” Breslau was fired from CBS Interactive’s esports site OnGamers after he was “caught asking other users to post his stories to Reddit with specific headlines,” Patrick Howell O’Neill reports. Reddit has banned OnGamers as a result, resulting in a loss of half its traffic. (The Daily Dot) || Related: How to get your news site banned from Reddit (Poynter)
  2. These media companies drug-test their employees: The Washington Post, The New York Times and McClatchy all want you to fill a cup. (Gawker)
  3. Voice of America journalists don’t want to be mouthpieces: Their union endorsed a change to the organization’s charter that would require VOA to “actively support American policy,” Ron Nixon reports.
Read more

Why 29 is the best number for BuzzFeed listicles


Ae you more likely to click on “27 Cats That Just Can’t Handle It” or “35 Things You Will Never See Again In Your Life“?

Betaworks’ chief data scientist Gilad Lotan looked at about 10,000 BuzzFeed listicles published over a three-month period to determine which listicle length had the highest “audience score,” a Betaworks metric that he writes “measures the quality of the users interacting with a piece of content” and “helps us identify content that is performing well before it becomes heavily shared or very visible.”

While listicles with 10 items are the most prevalent (BuzzFeed sells lists of that length to advertisers, Lotan writes), and there are plenty of even-numbered lists, odd numbers have “higher audience score on average” and “the number 29 tends to have an advantage over the rest,” Lotan writes.… Read more


The day in digital: Is ‘time on site’ metric a silver bullet? Plus iWatch news

Apple is planning to offer multiple versions of its long-rumored smartwatch when it is finally released in as early as October, Eva Dou and Lorraine Luk report in the Wall Street Journal. When it comes to watches, “one design doesn’t fill all,” an analyst said.

“The page view just won’t die,” BuzzFeed’s Myles Tanzer writes. But “time on site as an end-all, be-all metric doesn’t really work at the moment,” says Chris Thorman, who does audience development at Vox Media. (Poynter’s Rick Edmonds has argued it’s time to ditch the page view and unique visitor metrics.)

The NYT-WaPo-Mozilla plan to build a better commenting/community platform won’t vanquish trolls completely. “Try as we might, I don’t think we’re going to create magic,” said Greg Barber, the Post’s director of digital news projects.… Read more


The day in digital: ‘Amazon seems serious,’ GIFs on Twitter, CTOs look into their crystal balls

“Amazon seems serious about changing the way smartphones work,” Walt Mossberg writes at Re/code. Two big features of the new Amazon Fire Phone: hands-free navigation and “Firefly” software that identifies objects with the camera and links users to product pages on Amazon.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos holds up the new Amazon Fire Phone at the launch event Wednesda in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Facebook had a worldwide outage for about 30 minutes early this morning. No word yet on the cause, Mark Scott and David Jolly report at the New York Times Bits Blog, but everything seems to be OK now.

How far into the future are media company CTOs looking? Hearst is looking further than BuzzFeed, according to Justin Hendrix’s series of interviews at Medium, which Liam Andrew aggregated at Nieman Lab.… Read more


How much does BuzzFeed write about cats, anyway?

“And can’t we just dismiss the BuzzFeeds of the world, with their listicles and cat videos?”The New York Times’ Innovation report

BuzzFeed’s animals section covers dogs, squirrels, owls, even llamas, but its coverage of cats gets prominent mention in almost any reference to the publication, especially its news operations. A quick tour:

  • “Founded in 2006, BuzzFeed is known for its lists of cute cats and other shareable content, and more recently, for its foray into news.” — Jennifer Saba, Reuters, May 2014
  • “BuzzFeed, the scourge of traditionalists better known for cats, LOLs and ‘listicles’, is continuing to expand its serious side with the appointment of Paul Hamilos as foreign news editor, based in London.” — Alastair Reid,, April 2014
  • “In December 2011, he announced that he was leaving Politico, the insiderly political site at which he had been a star blogger since 2007, to take the top editorial job at BuzzFeed, a site better known for cat GIFs and dorky ‘listicles’ (articles in list form, like ’33 Animals Who Are Extremely Disappointed in You’) than political muckraking.” — Douglas Quenqua, The New York Times, February 2013
  • “In December 2011, when Ben Smith, the high-octane reporter and blogger for Politico, jumped ship to become the editor of BuzzFeed, a site then better known for viral slideshows and cat videos, many in the world of political journalism wondered if Smith had lost his mind.” — Uri Friedman, Foreign Policy, June 2013

BuzzFeed has published 22,500 pieces of content “about or including cats” since it was founded in 2006, BuzzFeed Vice President for Business Development & Communications Ashley McCollum said in an email to Poynter.… Read more