Greenwald declined to comment on the precise scale of the new venture or on its budget, but he said it would be “a very well-funded… very substantial new media outlet.” He said the source of funding will be public when the venture is officially announced.
“My role, aside from reporting and writing for it, is to create the entire journalism unit from the ground up by recruiting the journalists and editors who share the same journalistic ethos and shaping the whole thing — but especially the political journalism part — in the image of the journalism I respect most,” he said.
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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.
Mark 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 has selected Gregory Johnsen as the inaugural Michael Hastings National Security Reporting Fellow. During the year-long fellowship, Johnsen will focus on “US national security and its impact both domestically and around the world,” according to a release.
“Gregory Johnsen has already proven himself one of his generation’s wisest and most original voices on national security. He’s the right writer to carry on Michael’s legacy of fiercely intelligent and deeply compelling journalism about how America has shaped and been shaped by more than a decade of war,” said Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief, in a statement.
Johnsen begins October 20.
The Drum‘s Stephen Lepitak was one of the first to the news today that after three years with UK site themediabriefing.com, Patrick Smith is heading over to BuzzFeed UK as media editor starting next month. Smith will remain based in London.
The move comes, appropriately enough, not long after Smith wrote a piece about BuzzFeed hitting profitability. From Lepitak’s item:
Smith, a former reporter for Press Gazette, joined as editor of website themediabriefing.com in August 2010, while also serving as a visiting lecturer to City University London during that period where he taught digital journalism skills. At the time of writing, it was unclear whether a successor would be appointed.
Get ready Australia, BuzzFeed is coming for you. The first step was just announced, as BuzzFeed named Simon Crerar its Australia editor. Crerar will be responsible for expanding BuzzFeed’s reach down under. Crerar most recently served as visual story editor for News Corp Australia.
“Simon has a great sense both for news and the stimulating shareable content beloved by BuzzFeed readers from Los Angeles to Melbourne, and his overwhelming enthusiasm for Australia will be obvious to local readers,” said Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief, in a statement.
“BuzzFeed’s unique approach to shaping news in the social age is ideally suited to Australia, a nation with the world’s highest rate of Facebook use and a national conversation shaped by Twitter and emerging social media tools,” added Crerar.
You’ve got to love a list that starts off with gloves-off comments from executives at a pair of very recognizable media brands. Crowning Michael Sebastian‘s compilation of ten surprising things about UK behemoth Mail Online is the relayed observation that the UK/U.S. operation considers itself the antithesis of BuzzFeed:
BuzzFeed is about viral content, something MailOnline certainly appreciates, said Martin Clarke, publisher of MailOnline.”But really what we’re about is the big homepage,” he said. “We do stories that we think are going to work on our home page, which is why we don’t do ’31 Things To Do Before Breakfast.’”
(BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith defended the site’s emphasis on social media. “He’s right that we’re doing opposite things: we’re trying to create great content that people are proud, not embarrassed, to share,” he said in a statement.)
What’s it like being the 53-year-old elder statesman at a place like BuzzFeed?
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.’
BuzzFeed is expanding its foreign coverage team. Below are the details.
- Sheera Frenkel is joining as Middle East correspondent. Frenkel comes to BuzzFeed from London’s The Times, where she served the same role for the past five years. She starts September 6 and will be based in Cairo.
- Mike Giglio is also joining BuzzFeed as a Middle East correspondent. He most recently worked for The Daily Beast/Newsweek. Giglio begins October 7 and will be based in Turkey.