Cordell: new head of news at Buzzfeed
Buzzfeed Australia has appointed Crikey editor Marni Cordell as its first head of news, Mumbrella can reveal.
Cordell joined Private Media’s Crikey in May 2014 and worked previously for The Australian and The Guardian. She is also the former editor and owner of New Matilda.
Buzzfeed Australia editor, Simon Crerar, said in a statement: “I’m enormously thrilled Marni is joining us and excited to see how her leadership, editorial smarts and mentoring energises our young team of editors and reporters.
“Fiercely passionate about independent journalism, Marni comes with a reputation as a tough, driven, bold editor – with her at the helm I’m confident our news team will punch well above its weight in this election year, and beyond.”
Buzzfeed editor-in-chief, Ben Smith, said in a statement: “Marni brings the mix of the best traditional news values of aggressive, accurate reporting, and an entrepreneurial new media spirit, that embodies our approach to journalism. I’m thrilled she’s joining our great team of reporters in Sydney and Canberra, and we think we will have a lot to contribute to the coming election.”
Cordell joins the company in April.
Buzzfeed Australia launched in February 2014 and currently has 20 journalists in Australia. However, it continues to struggle to convince Nielsen it is a news website.