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BuzzFeed: From Listicles to Hard News

7 November 2019 @ 6:30 pm

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Hired as editor-in-chief in 2012, Ben Smith did for BuzzFeed—then best known for its lists, quizzes and viral videos—what few in the industry get to do: he built a news division from scratch. Although BuzzFeed’s entry into serious journalism was met with some skepticism, Smith grew its newsroom into a now-established force that has both garnered awards and generated controversy. In a conversation with Jayme Poisson, host of the CBC News podcast Front Burner, Smith discusses what’s next for BuzzFeed News.

Thursday, November 7, 2019
6pm Doors open  |  6:30pm Discussion |  8pm Reception

TMX Broadcast Centre The Exchange Tower, 130 King St. W. Toronto View map


Ben Smith is the Editor-in-Chief of BuzzFeed News. Since joining the company in January 2012, Smith has built a newsroom of over 200 reporters and editors, led expansion of over 20 content verticals, and built teams across the world. Under his leadership, BuzzFeed News’s coverage has grown to include politics, business, investigative reporting, longform journalism, and entertainment while growing the site’s traffic to over 200M monthly unique visitors. Smith was called “one of the most talented and admired scoop-mongers in the game” by The New Republic, named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business,” and featured as Fortune’s “40 Under 40” for his work at BuzzFeed. Prior to BuzzFeed, Smith was senior political writer for Politico, wrote a column and a blog for the New York Daily News, started New York’s first political blog, The Politicker, for the New York Observer, as well as the political site, Room Eight, after working as City Hall Bureau Chief for the New York Sun and as a stringer for the Wall Street Journal in Latvia.


Jayme Poisson is the host of daily CBC News podcast Front Burner. Prior to this, she spent eight years as a reporter for The Toronto Star, focusing largely on investigative reporting. Poisson has been nominated for three national newspaper awards: she was part of a team that won the Governor General’s Michener award for reporting on former Toronto mayor Rob Ford; and she has won the Sidney Hillman award for public service journalism twice, for investigations into sexual assault on university campuses and ongoing mercury poisoning in Grassy Narrows First Nation. Poisson’s mercury poisoning investigation also won an award for achievement in human rights reporting from the organization Journalists for Human Rights.





7 November 2019
6:30 pm
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