Snopes Retracts 60 Articles Plagiarized by Co-Founder: ‘Our Staff Are Gutted’

The fact-checking site has banned David Mikkelson, who owns half the company, from writing articles after a BuzzFeed News investigation prompted an internal review.

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BuzzFeed Is Going Public. Now What for Vox Media, Group Nine and Vice?

The digital media companies that once seemed to have a lock on the future are making plans to get bigger and pay back their investors.

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BuzzFeed Confirms Plans to Go Public Through SPAC Deal

The digital media company, which will merge with a publicly listed shell company in what is known as a SPAC deal, also lined up about $150 million in debt financing.

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BuzzFeed Closes In on Deal to Go Public

The digital publisher is said to be on the verge of announcing a SPAC merger that would take the company public.

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Pulitzer Winners Include The New York Times and Buzzfeed News

The Pulitzer board recognized reporting on the murder of George Floyd, including a special citation for Darnella Frazier, the teenager who filmed the killing. The public service prize went to The New York Times for Covid coverage.

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Natalie Edwards Exposed the Truth About ‘Dirty Money.’ Why Send Her to Prison?

If President Biden really wants to fight global financial corruption, he should pardon Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards.

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BuzzFeed lays off 47 HuffPost workers weeks after acquisition.

As part of the cutbacks, BuzzFeed closed HuffPost Canada and announced plans to decrease the size of its operations in Australia and Britain.

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Polk Awards Honor Pandemic Reporters

The Washington Post led all news organizations, with four prizes. The infectious-disease reporter Helen Branswell, of Stat, took the public service award for a yearlong chronicle of the coronavirus and its effects.

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Washington Post, Reuters and Los Angeles Times Search for New Top Editors

In an industrywide changing of the guard, other big newsroom jobs that have come open include the No. 1 slots at Vox, HuffPost and Wired.

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BuzzFeed is Buying HuffPost

The deal is part of a larger arrangement between BuzzFeed and Verizon Media to share content across their platforms.

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Facebook and the Group That Planned to Kidnap Gretchen Whitmer

Extremist groups and conspiracy theorists like to connect with each other just like everyone else.

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BuzzFeed News Pulls Reporter From White House, Citing Virus Risk

She said she had “obvious concerns about working indoors during an outbreak.” The White House Correspondents’ Association pushed for more information on known infections.

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Banks Suspected Illegal Activity, but Processed Big Transactions Anyway

A leak of thousands of “suspicious activity reports” that banks filed with regulators shows the widespread nature of illicit money flows.

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Journalists Aren’t the Enemy of the People. But We’re Not Your Friends.

President Trump will try to put the media on the ballot, and reporters face the increasing temptation to posture for those most eager to oust him.

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The Sims Is Bringing Its Inclusive Spirit to TV

In a new reality show based on the computer games, players compete for prize money. But the narrative of “The Sims Spark’d” emerges from how the series allows them to convey their own experiences.

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State and Federal Agencies Use Pandemic to Stifle Oversight

Ignoring Freedom of Information Act requests during the crisis damages democracy.

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BuzzFeed News Has a New Editor in Chief

The investigative journalist Mark Schoofs, a Pulitzer Prize winner, returns to the site after having set up its investigative unit in 2014.

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Reporters Grounded by Pandemic Lose ‘That Window Into the Campaign’

The boys (and girls) aren’t on the bus. That means no face-to-face interviews with swing-state voters, no hotel-bar meetings with political operatives and reports with less texture.

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