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Steve Kandell is going to BuzzFeed to become the editor of the website’s new foray into longform, narrative journalism. Mr. Kandell was the Editor-in-Chief at SPIN during the magazine’s redesign and has worked as a freelance editor at Details.
“Even though print itself is becoming less prevalent, the conversation-provoking longform journalism and profiles that have long been a staple Read More
Gawker Media sites and BuzzFeed went down last night during the worst of the winds and rain, but they are up and running again–although Gawker is in a slightly different format. Both have servers at Datagram–which, incidentally, is in lower Manhattan and was heavily impacted by the storm.
Gawker sites went down around 7 pm last night. Late this morning, Gawker Media started posting on more spare-looking tumblr sites that were set up when the sites failed. Now, Nick Denton just wants to get the word out.
“If we’re the indestructible cockroaches of the media world, now’s the time to show it,” Mr. Denton wrote in an staff email (full text below). Read More
BuzzFeed’s website was down for about 20 minutes last night during the presidential debate. If you were relying on its politics vertical for debate coverage, then you may have missed some viral gems.
“Our data center’s upstream network providers were having bandwidth and latency issues. We’re in the process of putting in place Read More
BuzzFeed Food is ready for your viewing pleasure. The new vertical, which launched today, is designed to appeal to people who cook food, eat food and/or like looking at pictures of food.
It’s safe to say that they have their bases covered.
Last night, Gawker’s Nick Denton was forced to entertain a group of about 30 reporters and editors who are in town for a Wall Street Journal organized digital training program all by himself because his expected co-star, Buzzfeed co-founder Jonah Peretti, was a no-show. On Twitter, Mr. Peretti had a rather interesting explanation for standing up Mr. Denton.
“I didn’t feel like talking to @nicknotned tonight, you really got to be in the mood for that guy,” Mr. Peretti wrote last night.
When we emailed Mr. Peretti to inquire about the event this afternoon, he attributed his absence to a scheduling glitch rather than any distaste for Mr. Denton. Read More
BuzzFeed has seemingly been on a hiring spree since the end of last year when they hired Ben Smith to expand their original content offerings. The social news site’s latest addition is web video pioneer Ze Frank, who has signed on as Buzzfeed’s Executive Vice President Of Video. In a statement announcing the hiring of Mr. Frank, BuzzFeed’s Founder & CEO, Jonah Peretti, said he hopes his newest staffer will do with YouTube what the click generating, social news site has already done with Facebook and Twitter.
“As a social publisher, BuzzFeed’s growth has been driven by Facebook and Twitter and we are thrilled that Ze Frank is joining to extend our work to YouTube,” said Mr. Peretti. Read More
All verticals everything. Needs more verticals. All vertical, no filler. Vertical vertical vertical. Guess what’s new in Buzzfeed news today? Guess what’s new at The Atlantic today? Also, new hires at the Daily News gossip section that will single-handedly save the paper, Jay Carney makes a weird about Drudge Report, and more, in your Tuesday Evening Media Briefs. Read More
BlackBook‘s editor is out. Buzzfeed’s got a new vertical. And The Observer has a softball game against a Foer Brother to get to, so let’s get on with this. Here are your Friday Afternoon Media Briefs: Read More