Thursday February 20, 2020

Conor Brophy: Buzzfeed is getting serious by pumping resources into a high-powered investigations unit

Will it pay off?

21st February, 2016
Chief Revenue Officer at BuzzFeed, Lee Brown speaks last year at an event in New York Pic: Getty

Founding an investigations unit within your successful media start-up sounds a bit like the old joke about how to become a millionaire: “Start out as a billionaire, then invest in an airline/football club.”

But that’s what Buzzfeed has done. Rather than planes or players, it has invested over the past two years in enticing high-flying reporters from the likes of the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Sunday Times....

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