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Morning Media Newsfeed: PDaily Buys NSFW Corp | Duffy Slams BuzzFeed | NYT Shuffles Media Desk

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PandoDaily Acquires NSFW Corp to Double Down on Investigative Reporting (PandoDaily)
There are three people who have long been on my dream team to help me build PandoDaily. One of them I’ve still gotta work on. The second is Mike Tatum, who keeps saying no and then keeps doing work for us for free anyway. The third is joining us by way of acquisition. I’m sure regular readers can guess who I am talking about: Paul Carr. I’m thrilled to announce that PandoDaily has reached a deal to acquire his company, NSFW Corp. FishbowlNY The deal comes on the heels of a recent chronicling on PandoDaily of Carr’s journalism crowd-funding efforts. Looks like he just accelerated that initiative and we are personally thrilled that NSFW Corp will live on. The Guardian Carr’s last venture was surprisingly old-school. NSFW Corp, a news site that billed itself as “The Economist written by the Daily Show,” put out a print magazine — and it even put up a paywall. Despite winning fans, it didn’t make money. Poynter / MediaWire NSFW Corp tried to raise money to keep going independently in September. It laid off three people earlier in November.

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Jonah Peretti, Studio Mogul?

That’s how the BuzzFeed founder may soon be viewed on the west coast and beyond, per his recent conversation with LA Times reporter Andrea Chang. The company recently moved its west coast office to a new location on Beverly Blvd. and also leases production space nearby.

Peretti notes that Psy‘s mega-popularity came from that video’s “shareability,” and says video is a big missing piece of BuzzFeed:

The LA team, he said, is building the “TV studio and movie studio of the future” by creating original videos to fit these new patterns of media consumption…

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Morning Media Newsfeed: New Politico CEO Named | SciAm Apologizes | BuzzFeed Fires Duffy


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Jim VandeHei Named President, CEO of Politico And Capital New York (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Politico co-founder and executive editor Jim VandeHei will take over as president and CEO of Politico and Capital New York, Allbritton Communications Company chairman and CEO Robert Allbritton announced in a memo Sunday evening. The move follows Fred Ryan’s decision last month to step down as CEO and president of Politico and president and COO of ACC. NYT In a telephone interview, VandeHei, who until the move held the title of Politico executive editor, said, “I really want to dedicate my energy and whatever talents I have to figuring out a profitable future for journalism.” His longtime colleague John F. Harris will remain Politico’s editor-in-chief. USA Today Politico launched in 2007. Harris and VandeHei initially proposed the idea for a website aimed at national politics to their bosses at The Washington Post, and when they demurred, Allbritton decided to back the venture. Politico rapidly became a major new-media success, attracting a large audience and becoming a go-to place for inside Washington news. It became known for its speed and aggressiveness, determined to outdo its rivals — “win the morning” in Politico-speak — and drive the capital conversation. HuffPost / The Backstory Allbritton’s decision in May to sell the company’s TV stations in order to focus on Politico and make new media investments marked a generational shift for the family-owned media company. In July, it was reported that Sinclair Broadcast Group agreed to pay nearly $1 billion for the stations, with the sale expected to close next year.

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Copyranter Fired from BuzzFeed for Not Creating Enough ‘BuzzFeedy’ Content

MarkDuffyBuzzFeedMark Duffy, more widely known as Copyranter, has been fired from BuzzFeed after only seven months. Duffy wrote on his Facebook page that he was cut “because my content wasn’t inline with what BuzzFeed wanted (wasn’t ‘BuzzFeedy’ enough).”

Duffy’s posts seem plenty BuzzFeed worthy to us. But hey, we’re not in charge over there, so maybe something was amiss.

Thankfully for Duffy, not being “BuzzFeedy” is a good thing everywhere else but BuzzFeed.

Correction (4:45 pm):
Duffy had worked for BuzzFeed since April 2012.

BuzzFeed’s Oldest Employee Remains Baffled

What’s it like being the 53-year-old elder statesman at a place like BuzzFeed?

Per Mark Duffy – a.k.a. Copyranter – it’s baffling:

I am old enough to be the father of nearly every other editorial employee.
And, these whiz-kids completely baffle me, daily.
I am in a constant state of bafflement at BF HQ.
In fact, I’ve never been more confused, day-in and day-out, in my life.
I am not being hyperbolic, for once.

After the heartfelt intro, this former advertising copywriter and 1980s-era print journalist rolls through the customary BuzzFeed list format. Number six for example is an old man illustration next to the proclamation that ‘Life Was Much Easier When Apple and Blackberry Were Just Fruits.’

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BuzzFeed Adds ‘Copyranter’

Mark Duffy, known simply as “Copyranter” to the many fans of his blunt critiques of advertising, is taking his rants to BuzzFeed. According to a post on his popular blog, Duffy’s content will be found at BuzzFeed.com/Copyranter from now on.

In his debut post, Duffy says he will keep the hits coming.

“…Don’t worry, most of my posts are going to be much shorter than this; ad writing teaches you to get right to the f*cking point,” writes Duffy. “So welcome to Copyranter’s BuzzFeed page. I look forward to sharing with you and getting your feedback. Let’s have some mad fun.”