Last Updated on July 5, 2023 by Robert C. Hoopes
BuzzFeed News, a widely read news website and portal, announced its closure and the termination of 180 employees on April 21, 2023. Many in the media and the people who rely on BuzzFeed News for their daily news updates are shocked by this development.
BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti made the announcement in a statement. In the statement, Peretti acknowledged his sadness at having to shut down BuzzFeed News due to financial reasons. He also said that the employees who were being let go had contributed greatly to BuzzFeed News’ success and that he appreciated their hard work and dedication.
The loss of BuzzFeed News is devastating to the news business. BuzzFeed News was well-known for its lively and informed coverage of current events, pop culture, and technology. Employees included many award-winning journalists who were widely considered to be among the best in their respective fields.
The closure of BuzzFeed News is another example of the difficulties faced by traditional news organizations in the internet era. Traditional news outlets have struggled to keep up as more consumers turn to social media and other internet platforms for their news. Many have had to make tough choices like laying off employees or decreasing coverage just to stay alive.
Despite difficulties, the importance of journalism and the role it plays in our society must not be forgotten. Journalism’s core goals are disseminating information to the public and calling powerful institutions and individuals to account. It is everyone’s responsibility to uphold and defend this fundamental tenet of our democracy.
As word of BuzzFeed News’ closure spreads, many people are showing their solidarity with the laid-off employees and reiterating their belief in the value of journalism. BuzzFeed News may not have a bright future, but the influence of its reporters and editors will be felt for years to come.