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Posts Tagged ‘Buzzfeed’

BuzzFeed, DuJour Media Group Form Strategic Partnership

DuJourWinter2013A small milestone has been added to BuzzFeed’s inexorable, awesome-in-19-different-ways march towards world media domination.

Starting next spring, the website and DuJour Media Group will begin cross-posting content. From today’s announcement:

DuJour Media will run BuzzFeed’s regular “Tell Us About Your Selfie” features (a celebrity selfie photo and interview) in its magazine, aligned with DuJour Media founder-CEO Jason Binn‘s “Binnshot” page. DuJour Media’s luxury celebrity content will appear on celebrity pages on BuzzFeed.

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Samantha Bee Pays a Visit to the New York Times

Why haven’t other media outlets picked up on the incredible October 22 Bloomberg Businessweek story about some shady, profitable Wall Street maneuvers involving NYC equity firm Blackstone and Spanish gambling outfit Codere? That’s what Jon Stewart and Samantha Bee wanted to know last night on The Daily Show.

And so, Michael Moore/Roger and Me-style, Bee marched over first to the New York Times, where she spoke with reporter Gretchen Morgenson. Together, they engaged in a hilarious ten-second test. Ultimately though, the story fell victim to being “just another day on Wall Street.”

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BuzzFeed Celebrates Record-Breaking November

BuzzFeedLogoThe funniest part of today’s BuzzFeed announcement about the site having welcomed a jaw-dropping 130-million-plus unique visitors last month is the following sentence:

As first reported by BuzzFeed, much of this growth was driven by Facebook’s recent shift towards driving traffic to quality publishers.

Not to take away anything from Jonah Peretti’s hard-working gang, but we would hope that the first to know about BuzzFeed traffic patterns are folks at BuzzFeed. On the bright side, it’s unlikely a competitor would be rushing to post this kind information if they somehow scooped the listicles gang.

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That Kid He Mugged in the Seventies is Now a Sag Harbor Life Coach

ClaudeSoffelPicOn the home page for The BraveHeart Institute, construction firm manager turned life coach Claude Soffel (pictured) summarizes his methodology as follows:

Our philosophy is simple: we believe that in order to be the father your children need, you must first become the man you are meant to be. This means working hard to become the man your kids can look up to – a man who is 100% sure of who he is, what he stands for and the values he wants to instill in his children.

Very unexpectedly this month, Soffel found himself reunited via Facebook with a man who has taken that methodology to heart. The trail of this feel-good story was picked up over the holiday weekend by the New York Post, Daily Mail, BuzzFeed and others.

Michael A. Goodman – a resident of Hilo, Hawaii who mugged Soffel in Manhattan in the mid-1970s when both were teenagers – recognized Soffel’s name in a Facebook thread and posted an apology for his long-ago actions. The mugging happened in front of the Museum of Natural History; the Facebook thread involved fond memories of H&H Bagels on the Upper East Side. From Soffel’s Facebook response to Goodman’s apology:

Interestingly, I have dedicated a large portion of my life to helping other men be the man they have always wanted to be, and moments like this one continue to fuel my faith that the battle may be uphill but so rewarding.

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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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Sketch Comedy Group Shares Some ‘Office Vacation’ Secrets

For many in the Naked City, times are still tough. But as members of comedy troupe Local Empire demonstrate in the video below, that doesn’t mean you have to forego a nice, relaxing vacation.

All you need is a free weekend and the keys to the NYC office. Or in this particular case, the keys to Droga5, an advertising network located in NoHo on Lafayette Street.

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Business Insider Welcomes Four New Media Figures to the ‘Silicon Alley 100′

The website’s annual “Silicon Alley 100″ list is set to post Thursday at 8 a.m. However, to whet everyone’s appetite, the BI folks were kind enough to give FishbowlNY an advance peek at the media folks represented.

BusinessInsiderLogoNew to the list:

Eli Pariser, Peter Koechley / Upworthy
Rich Antoniello / Complex Media
Bryan Goldberg /  Bustle

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Jonah Peretti Prefers BuzzFeed Garbage to Other Garbage

Jonah Peretti, founder of BuzzFeed, only enjoys one specific type of garbage. Allow us to explain. During his speech at the American Magazine Media Conference, Peretti condemned sites for being slaves to traffic stats. According to Capital New York, Peretti explained that when all sites do is focus on numbers, they end up limiting themselves and publishing shitty content:

There’s a lot of over-optimization on the web. You see this sort of side-boob attraction. There are some celebrities whose dress lets you see their side boob, right? And so you put an image of that on the front of your website and you say ‘wow that gets really high numbers.’ If you were a slave to the numbers you start creating more stuff like that and more stuff like that and more stuff like that, and pretty soon you will have a site full of trash and salacious garbage, and you could say, by just looking at the numbers, you will be hitting a local maximum where lots of people would never want to read your site.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: AP’s Bob Lewis Fired | Netflix Subs Top HBO | Pogue Heads to Yahoo!

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Associated Press Fires Journalists Over Erroneous Terry McAuliffe Report (HuffPost / The Backstory)
The Associated Press has fired a reporter and editor over an erroneous Oct. 9 report that Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe lied to an investigator in a federal fraud case, according to sources familiar with the matter. The AP retracted the article in question roughly an hour and a half after publication, and last week, suspended its author, veteran political reporter Bob Lewis. According to sources, Lewis has since been fired. The AP has also fired Dena Potter, a Richmond-based news editor for Virginia and West Virginia. Politico The move, according to sources familiar with the AP’s thinking, was meant to send a clear signal that such mistakes could not be tolerated by an international news organization that prides itself on accuracy. But for those who had worked with Lewis, a highly respected veteran on the Richmond political scene, the AP’s decision was seen as an overreaction. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple The excruciating question faced here by managers at the AP relates to how much immunity a long record of achievement affords a reporter who commits a monstrous mistake. In this case, not enough to save Lewis’ job. That’s a tough call, but also a highly defensible one for a wire service whose entire purpose hinges on nailing high-pressure reporting, every single time. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer “We’ve consistently said this story is water under the bridge and did not ask for any actions to be taken against those involved,” said the McAuliffe campaign in a statement.

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Mark Schoofs Leaves ProPublica for BuzzFeed

Mark Schoofs, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, is leaving ProPublica for BuzzFeed, where he’ll lead the site’s investigative unit. The New York Times reports that at BuzzFeed, Schoofs will oversee a team of six journalists.

Schoofs had been with ProPublica since 2011. Prior to that he was an investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal. In 2000, while Schoofs worked at The Village Voice, he won a Pulitzer for International Reporting.

Schoofs told the Times that at BuzzFeed, he plans to use investigative reporting “to expose wrongdoing, hold people accountable and tell stories that need to be told.”