November 12, 2013

A quick chat with Scott from BuzzFeed

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1. Describe the Buzzfeed office in 3 words.

Very new. White.

2. Tell us a bit about your job?

I am a writer for BuzzFeed, so what I do is either write the news or find stories that we should be talking about on social media or in life – or write about any random stuff that we can all relate to in one way or another.

3. Where do you get your ideas from?

Practically anywhere – I have a notepad that I constantly put down ideas into. I can be in a terrible nightclub let’s say, and so drunk that I can’t see, and then I think “I wonder if there’s a list that breaks down all of the reasons why a nightclub can suck” and then think of ideas in my own head for the following week. I have also written in the notepad when drunk, leading to me looking at totally incomprehensible notes the next day feeling incredibly puzzled.

4. Do you laugh at your own jokes?

Occasionally – without going all ‘deep’ – I have dyslexia, so the way I think (I think) isn’t the way that other people generally think when writing stuff out. So sometimes stuff appears on the page that I’ve written that I don’t really understand until I’ve looked back at it and read it for the second time. Sometimes I do that, then I laugh at myself at what I’ve written, and feel like a prat for doing so.

5. What’s the best part of the job?

The flexibility of the day – if you find a good story, or you have a great idea, you can literally see it on BuzzFeed in no time at all. There’s no deadline to fill, there’s no word limit on the page that has to be met to appease advertisers, you just write.

6. What do you think about the future of editorial content and news?

I personally feel that journalists are going to have a lot more control over the stories that they write. Of course keeping to an editorial line and tone of voice is important, but some journalists and great writers are being followed by loyal readers who just to read ‘their’ reporting and what they have to say, not what always the paper is thinking and reporting.

As for news, no titting clue. But that’s what makes it so exciting. And I know everyone keeps saying that but it’s true.

7. Do you think Facebook is dying?

I don’t think Facebook is dying. I just think that people like to say that it is cool that Facebook is dying. You know what your parents have? Facebook. “So let’s all jump on a bandwagon and yell about how it’s dying” all the commentators and hipsters cry. It’s here to stay. It won’t feel as fresh, but it’ll be here like email and will stay forever. Forever providing a glittering array of images of you blind drunk for all your colleagues to see.

8. What’s #trending for you right now?

I would say what I have just had for lunch. It really didn’t taste that nice so I’ve taken something to settle my stomach.

 

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