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BuzzFeed Adding Foreign News Coverage

BuzzFeed is branching out. Again. The New York Times reports that the site is taking steps to add foreign coverage by adding a Washington-based foreign editor and six reporters under him or her. Two of those staffers will likely be stationed in Cairo and Mexico City.

Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief, told the Times that the push for foreign reporting was inspired by readers’ reaction to BuzzFeed’s Boston Marathon coverage. “Now we have an audience that wants to learn what’s going on in the world,” he explained.

With this expansion, it’s only a matter of time before BuzzFeed has a section for everything. Think Huffington Post, only less sideboob. For now.

Lisa Tozzi Departs New York Times for BuzzFeed

Lisa Tozzi is joining BuzzFeed as its news director. Tozzi comes to BuzzFeed from The New York Times, where she had been for the past 13 years. Tozzi was most recently a deputy editor of the Times’ national desk.

“We’re in a unique place to combine boots on the ground reporting with a sophisticated understanding of how news is made and spreads on the social web,” said Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief, in a statement. “Lisa is the perfect person to lead this: She’s an innovative web native with fast and sure news judgment learned at a great institution. We’re thrilled to watch her take our coverage to the next level and lead our talented team of reporters and editors.”

Tozzi begins May 13.

BuzzFeed is Launching a Business Section

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that BuzzFeed is adding a business section to its wide array of offerings. Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of the site, told the Journal that people love business content and are sharing it more than ever. Therefore, BuzzFeed wants a piece.

To run the new section, BuzzFeed has tapped media reporter veteran Peter Lauria.

Rumor has it BuzzFeed’s top dogs have already sent a memo out asking staffers to scour Reddit for business content to use. We kid! We kid!

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?

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