Apparently taking inspiration from The Guardian, BuzzFeed News is going to add a donate button to the end of each article, allowing readers to fund the site voluntarily.
The question now is, will they? Liberals couldn’t donate money fast enough to a GoFundMe account set up for fired FBI agent Peter Strzok, but will they click a button at the bottom of an article they just read to donate up to $100?
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) August 27, 2018
buzzfeed, a for-profit digital media behemoth with hundreds of millions of VC dollars, is taking inspiration from the donation structure at the Guardian, which is owned by a trust and puts all profits back into paying for its journalism. ok https://t.co/AmIPDELfJV pic.twitter.com/ToXx8jokQt
— kelsey sutton (@kelseymsutton) August 27, 2018
Revenues from Ads? scrap that. Revenues from subscriptions? Didn't work. Shrink newsrooms? to little too late. Now let's try donations. Is that what Buzzfeed investors wanted? I'm not optimistic about its future. https://t.co/F5aECFL1ST
— Yaser Bishr (@YaserBi) August 27, 2018
On the other hand …
Like this move a lot. The Buzzfeed brand has a strong affinity where a donation possibly to membership model can work long-term. Guardian has paved the way a bit here. Smart, @mattmittenthal @BuzzFeedBen https://t.co/T01btx2OF2
— Jason Kint (@jason_kint) August 27, 2018
The problem as we see it: first, BuzzFeed never should have split off its news section from the listicles of cute kittens, and second, big names like CNN like to snipe talent from sites like BuzzFeed, so keeping the newsroom stocked could be a problem as well.
Hey, ain’t no harm in asking:
Do you like the fast, factual, hard-hitting, and beautifully written journalism you get from @BuzzFeedNews? Of course you do.
At the bottom of our articles, we'll soon allow readers to donate between $5 and $100 to the news operation
Fight for real newshttps://t.co/g5IDAxKyHz
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) August 27, 2018
Journalism is expensive, we'd be honored to take your money and make more journalism with it https://t.co/dxv4Wz4mbC
— summer bummer (@shani_o) August 27, 2018
Give them money to make more journalism — simple enough. In the spirit of BuzzFeed, check out these five must-see GIFs about BuzzFeed asking for donations:
— Amy Case (@IamAmySueCase) August 27, 2018
— I have red pills (@youth4tech) August 27, 2018
No way!!!! pic.twitter.com/gphqirccov
— Matt (@matthewb40) August 27, 2018
— ?? 6t76t ?? (@6t76t) August 27, 2018
Sure, here's my donation. pic.twitter.com/0uM6NEKXnN
— Mic Blades (@Mic_Blades) August 27, 2018
??? to “pay for the journalism they publish”. I will come up with daily “journalism” like telling people what season is their favorite based on which sock they put on first. And I’ll do it for free!
— HuffyPost (@HuffiestPost) August 27, 2018
No. Not in this lifetime, nor the one to come.
— R.V.Lawson? (@AuthorRVLawson) August 27, 2018
— Goldylocks (@BustaBrown8) August 27, 2018
— Elaina (@latinachica9) August 27, 2018
Fake news not pay as well anymore?
— BAMموجب ابها (@miller1624) August 27, 2018
They, like all other leftist propaganda machines, still have no clue why they are fading away. Money isn't what they need. Maybe they should give truth a try.
— Wen (@WenMrx) August 27, 2018
Hey, remember when BuzzFeed started selling “Failing Pile of Garbage” T-shirts after they published in full the bogus Steele dossier that no other outlet would touch because it couldn’t be verified? That kind of real journalism? They must have some leftover revenue from that move. Or just get Trump to insult them again and make new T-shirts. Or just give Strzok his own column — he has time now.
‘Is this real?’ BuzzFeed tries to make a buck off Trump ‘dossier’ train wreck https://t.co/qb8cgN5en7
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 11, 2017
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