On Tuesday night at a Capitol Hill bar, BuzzFeed will make its first foray into the world of the newsmaker speakers series. Their first victim: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith will swoop in from Manhattan to conduct the interview: Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton will emcee the event.
Most importantly, everyone will be offered beer. Hence the name of the event, “BuzzFeed Brews.”
Asked if he’ll be more of a Maury Povich, Oprah or Chris Christie style emcee, Stanton told FishbowlDC, “Think Rakim meets ODB, but with better teeth.” Is the beer a good enough lure? “The beer is clearly not a lure,” said Stanton. “I like to think of it as more of a ‘Good Job Coming To The Function Advertising Free Beer’ prize. Because if you did that and then didn’t actually produce the beer, you’d be a monster.”
Most importantly, does Stanton think the barroom setting will make for a better interview? “I think the relaxed atmosphere will definitely mean a better interview,” he said. “Do I think our subjects are going to get drunk and spill their dirtiest secrets? No. But do I think that by making it a little less formal and far more conversational that we can get into some interesting subjects and maybe shed a human light on these people
while making some news? Yes, absolutely.”
BuzzFeed will livestream the event on YouTube. Attendees are encouraged to live Tweet the interview and ask questions via the hashtag #buzzfeedbrews.
See details on the venue, address and RSVP…
The 201 Bar
201 Massachusetts Ave NE
7:00 – 9:00pm
Interview: 7:30 – 8:15p.
Drinks and appetizers on BuzzFeed. Proof Integrated Communications is the event sponsor. Media are asked to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.