Earlier this month, President Donald Trump met
Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in New York. While the big story in the U.S. that day was the passage
of the Republican healthcare bill in the House of Representatives, the meeting was major news in Australia.
As a result, BuzzFeed News decided to send an alert to its app users who have chosen to follow Australia news in its news app. The alert read: “There were some delays, but Malcolm Turnbull and Donald Trump finally met in person. Here’s how it went down. 👴🏻 ❤️ 👴🏻 ”
Yes, it included the emoji, which has purposefully become a hallmark of the BuzzFeed News app, Brianne O’Brien
, the lead news curation editor at BuzzFeed’s London office said on a panel at the ONA Dublin conference on Friday.
After BuzzFeed launched its news app in 2015
, two-thirds of the downloads were from
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Publishing used to be relatively simple. You published a newspaper once a day or produced a nightly newscast. Even with the advent of the Internet things were fairly straightforward: You had a website and posted your coverage there. But as platforms — from Facebook and Snapchat to messaging platforms such as Kik and Line — become more ubiquitous, news organizations now have to decide where they want to publish and how they want to present their coverage on these platforms.
A study out this week
from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University examines how platforms have changed journalism, and while the entire 25,455-word report is worth reading, one particularly interesting section looks at how news outlets are choosing to publish (or not publish) across a variety of platforms.
The report compares how The New York Times, CNN, and The Huffington Post utilized platforms during a week in
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Breitbart News did not have a good day on Monday.
According to BuzzFeed News
, Breitbart — best known these days for its ties to the Trump administration — was denied permanent “hard passes” to move around the Capitol by the U.S. Senate Daily Press Gallery. Specifically, the Gallery wants Breitbart to be more transparent about its ties to the Government Accountability Institute, a conservative nonprofit, and Rebekah Mercer
, who is part of a family that invests in the website.
The Gallery had previously asked for details
about how involved senior White House adviser Steve Bannon
is with the site these days. News organizations seeking a permanent pass need to make certain financial disclosures to show that they are not affiliated with special interest groups. Another issue raised was that Breitbart may have “misled” the Gallery about where their offices are currently located, as the building is not zoned as an Continue reading "Breitbart Has Been Denied Permanent Congressional Press Passes Pending Further Review"
There’s a new twist in the ongoing “fake news” saga. This time, the news is definitely fake, though, with BuzzFeed having reported on Monday
that five fake news sites were launched to promote “A Cure for Wellness,” a psychological thriller film opening Friday. On Thursday, 20th Century Fox apologized in a statement to The New York Times
, taking ownership of the five sites they commissioned the creation of: NY Morning Post, Houston Leader, Salt Lake City Guardian, Indianapolis Gazette, and Sacramento Dispatch.
Fox’s Dan Berger
issued this statement to the Times
In raising awareness for our films, we do our best to push the boundaries of traditional marketing in order to creatively express our message to consumers. In this case, we got it wrong. We have reviewed our internal approval process and made appropriate changes to ensure that every part of a campaign is elevated to and vetted by management in order to avoid Continue reading "20th Century Fox Apologizes for Promotional Fake News Websites"
The new White House staff ran into a bit of a problem on Friday when admitting press for the news conference held by President Donald Trump
and UK Prime Minister Teresa May
. According Jim Waterson of BuzzFeed News UK
, the dates of birth for British reporters were submitted in the date format used internationally, and it caused…issues.
The UK, along with the the rest of Europe and almost the entire world, formats dates as day/month/year. Today, for example, would be 27/1/2017 or 27th January, 2017 as opposed to 1/27/2017 or January 27th, 2017. This led to confusion and meant that the dates were “wrong” for a number of reporters, and according to Waterson, only those where the issue was obvious (because Continue reading "UK Media Locked Out of White House Amidst Confusion Over Date Formatting"
File this under Obvious But Still Worth Having Data On: Mobile news app users who allow push notifications open the news apps significantly more often than those who don’t allow notifications, according to a study out Thursday from the Engaging News Project
at the University of Texas.
The study found that 27 percent of users who turned on push notifications opened the app daily, while 12 percent of users who didn’t have alerts on used the news app each day, the study found.
The Engaging News Project conducted the study with 420 participants. They each randomly downloaded either the CNN, BuzzFeed News
, or E! News apps. About half of the participants were asked to turn on notifications and half were asked to leave them off. The researchers followed up with the participants after about two weeks of app usage.
“Overall, the results show some benefits to notifications: people appreciate
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BuzzFeed may have always felt like two things, especially to non-media types: a viral entertainment powerhouse, and a Very Serious news division. Now BuzzFeed the company is officially splitting into two divisions, one to focus on entertainment and the other on news. Both divisions will place a huge emphasis on (what else) digital video.
In a memo — first obtained by Vanity Fair — announcing the company-wide reorganization on Tuesday, BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti
In this new structure, video won’t be the job of just one department. Having a single “video department” in 2016 makes about as much sense as having a “mobile department”. Instead, it will be something we expand and embed across the organization. As digital video becomes ubiquitous, every major initiative at BuzzFeed around the world will find an expression as video, just like everything we do works on mobile and social platforms. Instead of organizing Continue reading "BuzzFeed is separating its entertainment and news divisions, pushing both further into video"