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A Lot of Media People Partied Last Night

The whirlwind surrounding the New Republic continued last night as Chris Hughes, editor-in-chief and publisher of the magazine, threw a party to celebrate the glossy. Since those in the publishing business love nothing more than to hobnob with people just like them, there was a slew of big names in attendance.

Now you might be saying “I don’t care about yet another event full of media people congratulating themselves for being themselves” but we know you do! Otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this. So allow us to give you what you want, a list of people who went to Hughes’ shindig, via The Huffington Post.

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BuzzFeed Names Political Editor

McKay Coppins has been promoted from political reporter to political editor of BuzzFeed. During the past presidential election, Coppins guided the site’s coverage of Mitt Romney.

“McKay was one of the breakout political reporters this cycle and is primed to run one of the best politics teams out there,” said Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, in a statement. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to have him as our political editor.”

Coppins will work work closely with Smith on the site’s political coverage.

BuzzFeed LA Launch Party at Mondrian’s Skybar

FishbowlLA braved the harsh L.A. drizzle on Thursday night to hit Skybar, where BuzzFeed staffers and friends were celebrating the launch of the website’s new Los Angeles bureau. Top BuzzFeed brass was in attendance: CEO and founder Jonah Peretti, president Jon Steinberg, editor-in-chief Ben Smith, executive VP of video Ze Frank, and probably more we didn’t recognize.

We spotted Nate Silver in the crowd, as well as Julia Boorstin of CNBC, comedian Chelsea PerettiLA Times VP of Communications Nancy Sullivan and former Good magazine editor Ann Friedman, who tolerated some gushing on our behalf over her delightful Tumblr and column, #Real Talk.

But we don’t have pictures of any of these lovely people, because we forgot our camera. We only managed this one grainy cell phone picture before giving up and hitting the open bar:

That’s Ann-Marie Thomson of SYCO television, Grantland editor Emily Yoshida and BuzzFeed’s Los Angeles bureau chief Richard Rushfield being blinded by my cell phone camera.

BuzzFeed Hires Roll Call’s John Stanton

John Stanton, a veteran of Roll Call, is joining BuzzFeed to head its Washington D.C. bureau. Politico reports that Stanton will be part of a BuzzFeed D.C. team which will include three more reporters.

BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith said of the hire, “His hard-hitting, original reporting and creative thinking is exactly the sort of fast, smart, revelatory work that succeeds on the social web.”

Stanton begins July 9.

The New York Times Joins Forces with BuzzFeed

The New York Times and BuzzFeed are joining forces. According to a press release, the Times and BuzzFeed will be collaborating on the upcoming Republican and Democratic conventions.

For the Times, the partnership means expanded video coverage featuring the likes of BuzzFeed’s editor, Ben Smith. Meanwhile, BuzzFeed gets to boost its brand by teaming up with the Times.

“We think BuzzFeed’s energy and keen ear for how political stories play out in the social sphere will be a valuable and interesting contribution to the Times’s video presence,” said Jim Roberts, assistant managing editor of the Times.

This seems to be a great idea, but if we spot any cats — even a single paw — in any of these upcoming videos, we are canceling our Times subscription.

BuzzFeed Opening DC Bureau

Our sister site FishbowlDC is reporting that BuzzFeed is opening an office in Washington, D.C. According to Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s Editor-in-Chief, the DC operation is looking for “a talented, heavyweight player-coach as bureau chief.”

All candidates are encouraged to submit a resume along with a “20 Reasons My Cat is Like a Dog” list to Smith for consideration. Please note that any “20 Reasons My Dog is Like a Cat” lists will be rejected.

For more details, head over to FishbowlDC.

Five Reasons Why Mitt Romney’s Camp Doesn’t Want BuzzFeed in Press Pool

Mitt Romney is apparently not a fan of BuzzFeed. The site’s Editor-in-Chief, Ben Smith, tweeted yesterday that Romney’s camp was “attempting to exclude BuzzFeed from the media pool.” As The Huffington Post reports, traditionally, the camp doesn’t select the pool reporters, the rotating news organizations do, and the latter supports BuzzFeed being part of the team.

A Romney spokesperson told the HuffPo, “We do not have a separate blogger pool report,” suggesting that they don’t view BuzzFeed as a news organization. Here, in the spirit of BuzzFeed, are five reasons why his camp might think that. These are all actual BuzzFeed headlines.

  1. The Answer to Your Grilled Cheese Dilemma
  2. 16 Gross Pizzas from International Pizza Huts
  3. 20 Rules for Dating Zac Efron
  4. A Dog on a Camel in a Park
  5. 25 Photos of George Takei Doing The Vulcan Salute

Not exactly heavy hitting journalism. However, a quick glance at HuffPo this morning and what do we see? “Lady Gaga Turns Her Wig Into a Dress (PHOTOS).” Maybe they should both be banned?

BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti: ‘Our Reporters Are Doing the Kind of Work Reporters Love to Do’

In the first part of our three-part “Media Beat” interview with Jonah Peretti, the BuzzFeed co-founder discusses how his company is becoming a full-scale news organization following a flurry of recent hires and breaks down how social media drives news online.

“We have reporters who have beats and sources, and can do original work,” Peretti says, “the kind of work that reporters love to do, where they dig in on a story. They’re not just aggregating, they’re not summarizing what’s happening elsewhere, they’re creating something new and original.”

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BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti: ‘Our Reporters Are Doing the Kind of Work Reporters Love to Do’

In the first part of our three-part Media Beat interview with Jonah Peretti, the BuzzFeed founder discusses how his company is becoming a full-scale news organization following a flurry of recent hires and breaks down how social media drives news online.

“We have reporters who have beats and sources, and can do original work,” Peretti says, “the kind of work that reporters love to do, where they dig in on a story. They’re not just aggregating, they’re not summarizing what’s happening elsewhere, they’re creating something new and original.”

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Michael Hastings to Cover 2012 Election for BuzzFeed



Michael Hastings
, the Rolling Stone writer who’s 2010 piece “The Runaway General” on Stanley McChrystal was easily among the most talked about magazine articles of the past five years, has signed on with BuzzFeed to cover the remainder of the 2012 presidential election. BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith gave Hastings a warm welcome on Twitter.

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