Whoa: Ben Smith Is Leaving Politico For BuzzFeed

Innnneresting news: Politico’s Ben Smith is leaving the site within the next few weeks to take on a new position at… BuzzFeed. At BuzzFeed, Smith will be tasked with, in his words, “trying to help build the first true social news organization – that is, an outfit built on the understanding that readers increasingly get and share their news on Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms.”

BuzzFeed, as you may know, is an aggregation site (with occasional bits of original reporting) devoted to gathering the most newsworthy, interesting and viral bits of news and entertainment on the internet. They’ve also done much in the way of corgi promotion.

Dylan Byers will now act as primary author, with Smith continuing to contribute one-weekly content to Politico.

Update: Also, not for nothin,’ but two Gawkerites are also joining BuzzFeed. Jezebel’s Whitney Jefferson and Gawker’s Matt Cherette will be among Ben Smith’s new co-workers at the site.

h/t Politico

Have a tip we should know?

Filed Under:

Follow Mediaite: