Video hangout with Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith

Mumbrella held a video hangout with Buzzfeed’s US editor-in-chief Ben Smith live from the Walkley Storyology conference.

Smith is seen as one of the pioneers of digital news journalism, having started one of the first political blogs in New York, then taking a role as senior political reporter for the influentiual Politico website in 2007, before taking the role as editor-in-chief for Buzzfeed’s news division in January 2012.

In the US the site, known for its lighthearted listicles and quizzes, has built a newsroom of more than 200 reporters and editors covering and breaking stories on topic areas like politics and business as well as more long-form investigative reporting, helping grow the site’s traffic to over 175m monthly unique users.

Smith made headlines himself a fortnight ago after breaking the news of an Uber executive’s threat to monitor the movements of one reporter, only to be accused of breaking an off-the-record agreement around the dinner he was at.

Buzzfeed’s international head Scott Lamb told Mumbrella at the time he thought the story would put the site on the map.

Smith has also written for publications including the Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, The New York Post, and The New Republic.



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