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BuzzFeed Ramps Up International Coverage

We knew it was coming, but the day has come. BuzzFeed is ramping up its coverage — internationally. To that end, they’ve hired Miriam Elder as its Foreign Editor. Elder, who is currently Moscow Bureau Chief for The Guardian, will “expand and shape the social news site’s foreign and overseas coverage, building a team of reporters who will break news and cover major world events.”

Will this also mean listicles of foreign leaders who resemble house cats?

“Miriam is a great journalist and social web native who has an great sense both for news and for the next big story, as her coverage of the recent political protest in Russia — on the web, and on Twitter — has shown. Her deep roots in international news will be vital to bringing this coverage to a new medium and through new forms,” said Ben Smith, BuzzFeed‘s Editor-in-Chief in a morning release. “Foreign coverage is one of the last spheres where new media haven’t competed aggressively with newspapers and television networks. We see an opportunity to reinvent international news for the social age and Miriam is the right person to do it.”

See the many pubs where Elder’s work has appeared… Also: See Uri Friedman‘s story on the news in Foreign Policy at 9:15 a.m. today. He reports that Elder will be New York-based and will supervise a team of a dozen reporters including Rosie Gray. Gray will remain in Washington. In her past…she worked for AFP and the International Herald Tribune in Paris. Her work has appeared in the Sunday Telegraph, the Financial Times, the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, BusinessWeek, the International Herald Tribune, Foreign Policy and The Atlantic. A native New Yorker, she holds a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University and an MA from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins.

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