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BuzzFeed Investigative Unit Adds Reporter Down Under

ChristineKenneallyAmong the outlets Christine Kenneally has written for: the New Yorker, the New York Times and Slate. She also authored the well-received 2008 book The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language.

Now, per a report by Mumbrella, Kenneally has landed one of the more exciting opportunities in journalism today. From her base Down Under, she will be authoring Australia and U.S.-topic stories for BuzzFeed’s global investigative unit:

“Christine is a tenacious reporter and a mellifluous writer,” said BuzzFeed investigations and projects editor Mark Schoofs. “She has the intelligence, experience and dedication to produce rich, deeply reported narratives, as she has done throughout her brilliant career.”

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Airbnb Sex Party Victim: It’s All About Finding the Outlets Most Likely to ‘Sneeze’ Your Viral Content

Talk about backing into some media outreach.

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Thanks to Inc. reporter Will Yakowicz, there is now a highly entertaining granular record of how Chelsea apartment dweller Ari Teman was able to recover from unwittingly airBNB-ing his place to a sex party organizer.

Teman, a stand-up comic, figures that the now-infamous “XXX Freak Fest” did $67,000 worth of damage to his place. Subtract the $23,000 he’s getting from Airbnb and that still leaves this tenant with a large amount of ground to make up:

From there, Teman commenced a calculated campaign to publicize the story. He started with Gawker, BuzzFeed and Gothamist and word quickly spread. The story has now been in 83 print and online publications around the world. Teman also has been a guest on 27 radio shows including Howard Stern and Opie and Anthony, and about a dozen TV shows like Fox’s Good Day NY, CBS’s The Couch and even news programs in Australia and Israel…

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Sweeney’s Successor | Weiner to Pen Column at BI | Bartiromo Given FNC Show

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Disney Names Ben Sherwood as Anne Sweeney’s Successor (THR)
ABC News president Ben Sherwood has been named Anne Sweeney’s successor as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group. He’ll officially take over the role on Feb. 1, 2015. TVNewser Sherwood will begin the transition immediately and take on the role of co-president of Disney/ABC while also overseeing ABC News until his successor is named. Variety Sherwood was a front-runner for the job ever since Sweeney shocked industry on March 11 when she announced she was resigning as of January 2015 to pursue a career as a television director. Sherwood steered the rise of Good Morning America and brokered deals like ABC News’ partnership with Yahoo!. He will also serve as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks alongside ESPN’s John Skipper. NYT Among Sherwood’s first decisions — with oversight from Disney chairman Bob Iger and Sweeney — will be the choice of his own successor in the news division. “We have a deep bench of leaders at ABC News,” he said. The standout candidate for that job is James Goldston, the senior vice president of ABC News who has been instrumental first in the revival of the late-night program Nightline and then in the rise of GMAWSJ Sherwood was named president of ABC News in December 2010. He is responsible for all aspects of ABC News’ broadcasts. In addition, Sherwood oversees ABC News Radio, ABCnews.com, satellite service NewsOne and ABC News Now. ABC News reaches a combined audience of well over 270 million people a month on television, on radio and online, and is enjoying significant audience growth driven by a creative renaissance and innovative deal-making. In addition, during Sherwood’s tenure, the news division has won the most prestigious honors in the industry.

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BuzzFeed Announces Plan to Publish Secrets

BuzzFeed content is currently 75 percent “This is Why The Internet is Horrible” and 25 percent “This is Maybe Worth Reading.” Soon, that split will be more like 80/20. According to The New York Times, BuzzFeed is joining forces with Whisper, an app that allows users to post anonymous secrets.

As part of the deal, BuzzFeed writers will scour Whisper for secrets that they can then turn into articles. Think “17 Moms Who Regret Having Daughters” or something headache-inducing like that.

The secrets shared on Whisper are mostly emotional vomit. Here are a few examples:

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BuzzFeed VP Breaks Down the Last 48 Hours

MattTrottaPicCleveland Plain Dealer reporter Janet Cho has a good summary of a recent luncheon presentation given at the American Advertising Federation’s local chapter by BuzzFeed VP for the east coast Matt Trotta (pictured).

Trotta’s first two points are a reminder of just how critical the Smartphone has become. He told the audience that “mobile is the future” and “mobile is the Web.” He then moved on to some fascinating specifics:

“In the past 48 hours, 65 million people have visited BuzzFeed,” Trotta said, including 4.3 million views of the current No. 1 post, “77 Facts That Sound Like Huge Lies But Are Actually Completely True.” More than three-fourths of those views are coming from social media shares, with nearly four million coming from Facebook, because it’s not the kind of thing people pass around on Twitter.

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BuzzFeed Hires First Film Critic

BuzzFeed has hired Alison Willmore as the site’s first film critic. Willmore comes to BuzzFeed from Indiewire, where she served as TV editor since 2012.

Willmore got her start at the Independent Film Channel, where she helped bring blogs, movie reviews, interviews and more to IFC.com. Her work has also appeared in AV Club, Time Out New York and Movieline.

As anything with BuzzFeed goes, Willmore’s work at the site will be focused on driving dialogue. “This isn’t going to be about generating capsule reviews with letter grades; instead, Alison will be writing film criticism that provokes and propels the conversation, both on social media and in life,” said Jace Lacob, entertainment editorial director at BuzzFeed, in a statement. ”And, given her experience with both film and television criticism, I’m thrilled to see just where Alison takes this role and challenges our expectations about the role of the critic in the 21st century.”

Willmore begins March 31 and will report to Lacob and BuzzFeed’s deputy entertainment editor, Jaimie Etkin.

Nick Denton: ‘Our Biggest Competitor in Media is BuzzFeed’

nick_dentonNick Denton, founder of Gawker Media, took to a Gawker Kinja site today to answer questions from readers. It was basically Gawker’s version of Reddit’s popular Ask Me Anything (AMA) series.

Our favorite quote from Denton featured him explaining that “Our biggest competitor in media is BuzzFeed,” because the two companies “represent two very different forces struggling for the soul of Internet media.” Please soak in the irony accordingly.

Below are some other notable moments from Denton’s Q&A.

More on BuzzFeed:

Jonah Peretti’s company is pointless. But he understands the Internet; he manipulates the Facebook ecosystem better than anyone; and he is utterly shameless in his pursuit of viral stories. (Even more shameless than we are, some would say.)

And Buzzfeed is the perfect competitor — highly motivating. It is a fair fight; some earlier rivals like Gothamist required too much puffing up to make a plausible rival. And it’s a meaningful fight, because Gawker Media and Buzzfeed represent two very different forces struggling for the soul of Internet media.

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Esquire Adds Style Editor, BuzzFeed Names Data Editor

Esquire and BuzzFeed have made additions to their teams. Below are the details.

  • Andrew Luecke has been named Esquire.com’s style editor. Luecke joins the magazine from Stylesight.com, where he analyzed the men’s apparel market for clients including Ralph Lauren and Prada.
  • Jeremy Singer-Vine has been named BuzzFeed’s data editor. Singer-Vine comes to the site from The Wall Street Journal, where he worked as a reporter and programmer. “His role at BuzzFeed will be to dig into similarly dense data sets to find the kinds of stories that would otherwise go untold,” reported Digiday.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Flipboard Buys Zite | BBC3 to Go Online-Only | Egypt Tries AJ Staff

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CNN Sells Zite to Flipboard (CNNMoney)
CNN has sold its news reader app, Zite, to Flipboard, a social magazine application. As part of the deal, Flipboard has also teamed up with CNN to launch custom magazines for CNN shows anchored by Fareed Zakaria, Jake Tapper and John King. The deal could be valued as high as $60 million over time, taking into account future advertising revenue, said a source familiar with the deal. TVNewser The sale occurred less than three years after CNN acquired Zite for $20 million. CNN and Flipboard’s partnership will allow CNN to expand its mobile reach and take advantage of Flipboard’s technology and mobile sales strategy. Re/code Zite itself will shut down, but CNN says most of its 20 employees will go to work for Flipboard. Zite CEO Mark Johnson will not be joining them. Forbes / Jeff Bercovici The deal merges two apps that let users aggregate news stories from all over into a single magazine-like experience. Of the two, Flipboard has been considerably more successful: It’s currently ranked No. 5 among free iPad news apps in Apple’s App Store, while Zite is No. 39. Flipboard will absorb the machine-learning technology that Zite uses to personalize news feeds for its users. Mashable The move also divests CNN of one of its most high-profile acquisitions while putting it in front of Flipboard’s users, which according to Johnson number more than 100 million.

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Dumb Survey Results Followed by Even Dumber Reporting

Is a news trail about a shocking “tech terms” multiple-choice survey taken by American consumers on behalf of UK outfit Vouchercloud still valid if:

a) the LA Times reporter who started it all never actually saw the survey?;
b) the methodology and margins-of-error for said survey are completely unknown?;
c) the survey answers – including the headline-grabbing claim that 11% of Yanks answering think HTML refers to a sexually transmitted disease – suggest that many of the alleged two-thousand-plus respondents raced through the questionnaire with carelessness, goofiness, or both?

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LAT tech reporter Salvador Rodriguez‘s pick-up of a Vouchercloud press release blazed a trail across the Internet Tuesday, most notably as a Drudge link, Romenesko headline of the day, Time item and BuzzFeed pictorial. But some good digging by iMediaEthics managing editor Sydney Smith has led BuzzFeed’s Ryan Broderick, Time‘s Jessica Roy and Romenesko to all post updates. Here is BuzzFeed’s:

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