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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.”

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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.

Michael Hastings Joins BuzzFeed

Michael Hastings, an excellent reporter, contributing editor to Rolling Stone and best selling author, is joining BuzzFeed to cover Barack Obama’s re-election effort. Hastings tweeted the news just a few minutes ago. “Friends, very excited to announce that I’ll be joining Ben Smith and his political team at BuzzFeed for the duration of the 2012 campaign,” wrote Hastings.

“Michael Hastings is one of the great original reporters of his generation, and his Rolling Stone article ‘The Runaway General’ reflected his total fearlessness,” said Smith, in a press release. “We’re thrilled to add him to a web native political team that’s intensely focused on breaking news and on original, revelatory reporting.”

Hastings will report from the campaign trail beginning April 2.

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Buzzfeed Grows Again, Adds Tech Vertical

It’s getting to the point that it’s difficult to keep up with how much Buzzfeed is expanding. It started in December when the site added Ben Smith to be its new Editor-in-Chief, then continued when Doree Shafrir joined as Executive Editor earlier this month, and now there’s more news: Matt Buchanan, a veteran of Gawker’s Gizmodo, has been added to the team.

According to All Things D, Buchanan will be in charge of Buzzfeed’s new tech section. Joining him is John Herrman, who most recently worked at Popular Mechanics, but is a former Gizmodo editor as well.

Buchanan said the chance to be part of something completely new was enough to lure him away from Gawker Media. “It’s an opportunity to build something completely new on a really exciting platform, which, even though the hallmark of Gizmodo is the immense freedom we all have, you know, the one thing I can never get here is the chance to do it all from scratch,” Buchanan told All Things D. “And to do something that’s different from what a lot other tech sites are doing, I hope.”

If you think this is it for Buzzfeed, you’re wrong. Smith said there will be more, so we’ll try to not blink and catch it all.

BuzzFeed Continues to Expand, Adds Doree Shafrir

Another big name is joining BuzzFeed. Doree Shafrir, most recently a Senior Editor at Rolling Stone, is joining the site to help expand its cultural coverage. The New York Times reports that Shafrir’s title will be Executive Editor, and she’ll report to Ben Smith, who joined the site earlier this month.

“I’ll be leading the launch of new culture-related verticals in the next several months, working most immediately on hiring new editors to build on BuzzFeed’s great team, helping to define the voice and direction of our pop culture content — and also contributing myself,” Shafrir told the Times.

With all the new hires, it’s worth wondering if one day people will consider BuzzFeed as more than just a place filled with top ten lists and pictures of kittens. The site has a long way to go before it breaks that stigma, but it certainly is stockpiling the people to make it happen.

BuzzFeed Raises $15.5 Million

BuzzFeed keeps growing. After making a statement by appointing Politico’s Ben Smith as editor-in-chief, TechCrunch reports that the news aggregator raised $15.5 million in financing from New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Lerer Ventures, Hearst Media, Softbank and RRE Capital.

It’s also beefing up its board by adding Patrick Kerins, general partner at NEA, bringing on former Huffington Post president Greg Coleman as an adviser and promoting Ken Lerer, co-founder of Huffington Post, to executive chairman.

Regarding the site’s direction, BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti told TechCrunch, “The biggest shift for us is refocusing under Ben [Smith] as an organization that does real reporting and original content.”

Seeking Original Content, Buzzfeed Adds Politico’s Ben Smith

(Via Adweek)

Buzzfeed has expanded once again, this time adding Ben Smith, veteran of Politco, as its new Editor-in-Chief. Smith will continue to contribute for Politico on a weekly basis, but his main duties will be guiding original content and helping Buzzfeed become a social media news entity once the new year begins.

At Buzzfeed, Smith will be hiring reporters who will create original content and break news specifically formatted for the social web. This movement began last week, when Buzzfeed hired two from Gawker Media. We expect that future hires will all be web-specific journalists as well.

Smith said that Buzzfeed is a natural spot for him. “Social media is what moves a story,” explained Smith. “It has become the primary way people, from plugged-in insiders to casual readers, get their news. BuzzFeed is the best in the world at distributing content on social sites, and it is a tremendous opportunity to join BuzzFeed — and its millions of readers — to build a new model for high-quality reporting.”

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