Ben Smith Is Moving to BuzzFeed

Ben Smith.
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Ben Smith, one of Politico's best-known reporters, will join meme-machine BuzzFeed. He's not going to be compiling slideshows of Cute Animals Who Look Like Ryan Gosling (at least not in a professional capacity); Smith is helping the site build "a new breed of social news organization." Smith, who will be editor-in-chief of the site's news division, will hire a team of a dozen reporters. He'll keep writing political news for Politico through the primaries, and will then remain a weekly columnist for his old employer.