June 1, 2023

“Definitive Oral Historical past of BuzzFeed Information 2012-2023” recounts the rise and fall of BuzzFeed Information. Launched in 2012, BuzzFeed Information expanded quickly, hiring quite a few employees, opening worldwide places of work, producing podcasts and reveals, and profitable a Pulitzer Prize. Nevertheless, it later confronted challenges, shuttering places of work, shedding staff, and ultimately shutting down for good on Might fifth, 2023.

BuzzFeed Information’ former tech reporter Katie Notopoulos:

A whole lot of individuals labored right here over time and made this place what it was — this oral historical past is an incomplete account of what made this place each extraordinary and exasperating. There are such a lot of tales and other people lacking, both as a result of it obtained too lengthy, we ran out of time, or we needed to delete a few of the actually juicy stuff. (Testimonials have been edited for size and readability.)

In case your curiosity is an evaluation of the enterprise forces that led to this second, there are many thorough and sensible assessments (our former editor-in-chief simply wrote a complete e-book, awkwardly launched the identical week we have been advised we would have liked to shut, about how digital media was doomed.) We wished to make this oral historical past in order that the ultimate phrase on BuzzFeed Information (actually, the very last thing to be revealed on our web site) would come from the individuals who labored right here...

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