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BuzzFeed Comes to SFC - New York's New Digital Media

Date: Monday - September 22, 2014
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture & Education
Hear From BuzzFeed, DNAinfo, Gothamist, Corner News Media and Capital New York

FREE & Open to the Public

Known for its viral videos and numbered lists, BuzzFeed, has become a major national and international news gathering force. But Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith comes to St. Francis College September 22 to help tell the story of how digital news is now cementing itself as to go-to destination for local communities too.

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Smith will moderate the panel, Brooklyn's New Digital Media, with online executives Michael Ventura (Managing Editor, DNAinfo), Jen Chung (Co-Founder Gothamist, LLC and Executive Editor,, Liena Zagare (Publisher, Corner News Media), and Tom McGeveran (Co-Founder and Editor, Capital New York).

Among other topics, panelists will discuss how digital media is becoming the new community newspaper.

The event was organized by St. Francis Scholar in Residence Fred Siegel, a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of The Revolt Against The Masses: How Liberalism Undermined the Middle. He has been instrumental in bringing a number of timely and provocative events to the College, including: Is Casino Gambling Good For New York?, The Tension Between Catholic Schools & Charter Schools, Can You be Both a Business Success and Ethically Noble? and Lincoln, Grant and the Civil War.

3 Panelists and 1 Moderator You Want to Know

Ben Smith, Editor-in-Chief of BuzzFeed, has built a newsroom of more than 200 reporters and editors and expansion the website worldwide. Prior to BuzzFeed, Smith was senior political writer for Politico, wrote a column and blog for the New York Daily News, started New York's first political blog, The Politicker, for the New York Observer, and worked for the New York Sun.

Michael P. Ventura is the Managing Editor at DNAinfo, in charge of running daily newsroom operations. Before joining DNAinfo he was city editor at Metro and freelanced for media outlets including: Village Voice, Time Out New York, and The Real Deal. He was also a copy editor for the Daily News and a Web producer for WNYC Radio.

Jen Chung is Executive Editor of and Co-Founder of Gothamist LLC, which was established in 2003.

Liena Zagare is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of Corner Media, a network of 7 neighborhood news sites in Brooklyn. Liena has 8 years of experience bringing neighbors news they care about, and helping local businesses succeed.

Tom McGeveran is a co-founder and editor of Capital. He's previously served as Editor of The New York Observer and has also worked at The New York Blade.