Articles about "BuzzFeed"


5 tweets that sum up the BuzzFeed-hires-Clickhole-guy reactions

Poynter’s Andrew Beaujon reported Monday that BuzzFeed has hired Clickhole’s Daniel Kibblesmith. Here are five tweets that sum up various reactions to that news:

Read more

Tools:
0 Comments

BuzzFeed hires Clickhole’s Daniel Kibblesmith

Clickhole associate editor Daniel Kibblesmith will join BuzzFeed as a staff writer for its Buzz vertical, the publication told staffers Monday.

“Daniel first came to our attention with his powerful and important Clickhole piece, ‘Which Hungry Hungry Hippo Are You?,’ which is not just a profound philosophical question, but a major quiz opportunity that we ourselves had somehow overlooked,” BuzzFeed editorial director Jack Shepherd told Poynter in an email. “As you can imagine, we are extremely excited to have him on the team.”

BuzzFeed was among the sites Clickhole was founded to lampoon. (Clickhole has already had some influence on BuzzFeed’s editorial decisions, a recursion that you’d probably need a couple of semiotics professors to unpack properly.)

“I’m extremely excited to join the BuzzFeed team,” Kibblesmith told Poynter. “I’ve never felt closer to my ultimate goal of living directly inside of the internet.” Read more

Tools:
10 Comments

Career Beat: Annie-Rose Strasser named deputy managing editor at BuzzFeed News

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Annie-Rose Strasser will be deputy managing editor at BuzzFeed News. She is deputy managing editor at ThinkProgress (@ARStrasser)
  • Christy Moreno is now news director at KUSA in Denver. Previously, she was news director for WBIR in Knoxville. Patti Dennis is vice president of talent development at Gannett. Previously, she was news director at KUSA in Denver. Talia Naquin is now dayside executive producer for WSMV in Nashville, Tennessee. She has been a news director in Wichita Falls, Texas. (Rick Gevers)
  • Allie Kline is now chief marketing officer at AOL. Previously, she was chief managing officer of platforms there. (AOL)
  • Fergus Bell will be head of newsroom partnerships and innovation at Social Asset Management Inc. Previously, he was international social media and UGC editor at The Associated Press. (Poynter)

Job of the day: The Alaska Dispatch News is looking for a news editor. Read more

Tools:
0 Comments

Journalists hit with tear gas, other stuff, while covering Ferguson decision

Good morning. Here are nine media stories.

  1. How news outlets covered Ferguson decision

    The news media's demand for information was the "most significant challenge encountered in this investigation," St. Louis County prosecution Robert P. McCulloch said Monday while announcing a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (Poynter) | Al Tompkins dug into the grand jury report. (Storify) | Some highlights from the testimony. (AP) | I watched CNN last night and saw reporters get hit with smoke and/or tear gas (St. Louis County Police said they used both, smoke first). | CNN's Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo got hit by tear gas. (Mediaite) | Protesters grabbed and broke a Fox News camera. (Gawker) | CNN's Stephanie Elam said a man looting a cell-phone store threatened her.

Read more
Tools:
0 Comments

NYT edges closer to layoffs

Good morning. Almost there. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. NYT may have layoffs, after all

    A memo from Janet Elder says the news org may not have enough buyout applications to forgo layoffs. "Early efforts to handicap the outcome regrettably point to having to do some layoffs." Also, if you take the buyout, MOMA will not let you in for free anymore. (Mother Jones) | Last month Keith J. Kelly reported that more than 300 people had filed buyout applications, but many were "just securing their rights and checking it out," Guild unit rep Grant Glickson said. (NY Post) | Floyd Norris is taking the buyout. (Talking Biz News) | More N.Y. Guild news: Eight Guild members who worked at Reuters' Insider video project are losing their jobs. (The Newspaper Guild of New York) | Time Inc. has declared it's at an "impasse" with the union and "can begin unilaterally imposing many of the terms, including the right to farm out up to 60 full-time jobs while slashing vacation and medical benefits and eliminating voluntary buyout provisions from future layoffs." The Guild has asked the NLRB to investigate.

Read more
Tools:
0 Comments

Uber’s plan to alienate the news media seems to be going well

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Uber’s plan to completely alienate the news media is going well

    The company says it is investigating why Uber New York GM Josh Mohrer tracked BuzzFeed reporter Johana Bhuiyan. It uses something called "God View" to track people. (BuzzFeed) | Ellen Cushing: "While I was reporting my recent cover story on Uber and its CEO Travis Kalanick, several current and former Uber employees warned me that company higher-ups might access my rider logs." (San Francisco Magazine) | Uber once used its data to show where and when people took "Rides of Glory." (Uber blog) | Kalanick apologized for an executive's remarks that it would like to dig up dirt on reporters via "tweetstorm," a "series of thoughts that give the illusion of substance and circumspection because they are presented in a numerical order." (Valleywag) | "I'll let you in on a secret.

Read more
Tools:
1 Comment

Uber executive incorrectly thinks journalists are interesting

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Uber for public-relations disasters

    At a supervillains retreat in Manhattan, Uber executive Emil Michael floated a plan to hire opposition researchers to investigate journalists. They could look into “your personal lives, your families,” Michael wisely told a group that included BuzzFeed EIC Ben Smith. (BuzzFeed) | Creepiness aside, what does Michael think he'd find on most of us? A Cayman Islands bank account? | Michael directed most of his anger toward PandoDaily Editor-in-Chief Sarah Lacy. After Smith's piece landed, he called her to apologize and hung up when she refused to speak off-the-record. (@sarahcuda) | He apologized on Twitter. (@emilmichael) | Lacy: "And lest you think this was just a rogue actor and not part of the company’s game plan, let me remind you [Uber CEO Travis] Kalanick telegraphed exactly this sort of thing when he sat on stage at the Code Conference last spring and said he was hiring political operatives whose job would be to “throw mud.” I naively thought he just meant Taxi companies." (PandoDaily) | Uber is looking for more funding and investors "might force Kalanick to step up and do something about Michael’s comments," Liz Gannes writes.

Read more
Tools:
0 Comments

WHO agrees to start working with BuzzFeed again

The World Health Organization has “never blocked or banned anyone from joining our media list,” its spokesperson Fadéla Chaib told Poynter.

The time element of that statement is a bit hard to square with what BuzzFeed foreign editor Miriam Elder told Poynter after I asked her for comment on it: “I spoke to WHO this morning and they’ve agreed to work with us again,” she wrote.

A little background: As Brian Ries reported for Mashable, WHO staffer Laura Bellinger said she didn’t reply to BuzzFeed reporter Tasneem Nashrulla’s request to get on WHO’s media list because “My understanding is that BuzzFeed is banned.”

Not so, said WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic in another email Ries obtained: BuzzFeed as a whole isn’t banned, just its reporter Jina Moore, who has been reporting on Ebola from West Africa. Moore “on two occasions reported inaccurately and when in Liberia she was trying to enter WHO/MoH meetings without permit.”

Jasarevic also says WHO communications director Christy Feig contacted Elder, to tell her WHO would no longer “deal” with Moore. Read more

Tools:
0 Comments
bort-smith-blappo

Ben Smith, @crushingbort and @blippoblappo talk about plagiarism

I teach a journalism ethics class at Duke University that focuses on issues of trust. I spend about half the semester exploring the pros and cons of anonymous sourcing, the other half on plagiarism and fabrication.

The plagiarism by Benny Johnson at BuzzFeed has not only prompted a new round of discussion about copying and pasting in the digital age, it involves an anonymous posse — two bloggers who call themselves @blippoblappo and @crushingbort. After BuzzFeed fired Johnson for 41 incidents of plagiarism, Blippo and Bort have been on a relentless crusade against columnist and CNN host Fareed Zakaria.

On Tuesday, BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith, Blippo and Bort spoke with my class in two separate conversations. Smith spoke first by Skype; Blippo and Bort opted for a Google chat to protect their identities.

Smith

Smith

Smith was forthright about the firing of Johnson, saying it was clearly plagiarism. “Presenting someone else’s words as your own is such a basic form of dishonesty,” he said. Read more

Tools:
2 Comments

Career Beat: The New York Times adds a growth editor

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Simone Oliver is now growth editor at The New York Times. Previously, she was online fashion editor there. (The New York Times)
  • Tessa Gould will be vice president of ad innovation and monetization at BuzzFeed. Previously, she was director of native advertising at The Huffington Post. (Adweek)
  • Susan Ellerbach is now executive editor at The Tulsa World. Previously, she was managing editor there. Mike Strain will be managing editor at The Tulsa World. Previously, he was news editor there. (Tulsa World)
  • Henri Cauvin is now city editor at The New York Times. Previously, he was assistant metro editor there. (@FrancesRobles)
  • Gerry Smith will be a media reporter at Bloomberg. Previously, he was a technology reporter at The Huffington Post. (‏@srabil)
  • Chael Sonnen is now a UFC analyst at ESPN. Previously, he was a UFC middleweight and light heavyweight contender.
Read more
Tools:
0 Comments
Page 2 of 1612345678910...Last »