Buzzfeed has hired Australian journalist Christine Keneally for its global investigative unit, Mumbrella can reveal.
In October, the viral content website announced it was expanding its international news coverage with a new unit headed by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Mark Schoofs.
“Christine is a tenacious reporter and a mellifluous writer. She has the intelligence, experience and dedication to produce rich, deeply reported narratives, as she has done throughout her brilliant career. She will produce amazing stories for BuzzFeed, and I’m thrilled she’s joining us,” said Mark Schoofs, investigations and projects editor, BuzzFeed.
Keneally will be based in Australia and will be a contributing editor reporting to Mark Schoofs covering stories with both a local Australian focus, as well as the US, and potentially other countries. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, New Scientist, Slate and published her book, The First Word, on the origin of language. She has a PhD in linguistics from Cambridge.’
Schoofs said the move towards a more serious news bent was not driven by criticism of Buzzfeed for its focus on viral content and gif based stories.
“No. With powerful coverage of politics, business, technology, and human rights, and with correspondents in Ukraine, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, and Nairobi, BuzzFeed already provides world-class news and feature reporting. Christine’s work will advance and complement that work,” he said.