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Big ideas of 2014: The new news—Vice, BuzzFeed and digital reporting

Online media brands have changed the way we consume and produce journalism, and that's no bad thing

By Prospect Team   January 2014
The new news

Candidates from both of the main parties have been implicated in social media scandals. Photo: PA

“They can summarise a story more breathlessly and vividly than others”: Digital disruption has remade the media © Everett Collection/Rex

Two years ago, if you’d heard of Vice or Buzzfeed, you would not have associated them with news. Vice began in 1994 as a strenuously provocative pop culture magazine. By the late 2000s it had become a mini-media empire that included a record label, a publishing wing and a film studio. Buzzfeed first appeared online in 2006 and soon built…

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