This Is What It Was Like Learning To Report Before Fake News Was The Biggest Problem In The World

BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith recalls what it was like working as a young reporter in Belarus in 2001. One of his first major stories resulted in his source being beaten and thrown in jail — or so he thought, until he discovered the truth more than 15 years later.

Author: Ben Smith
Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Apr 8, 2018
Length: 17 minutes (4,300 words)

Leslie Jamison On The Lies She’s Told

Big lies, small lies, lies of omission. Leslie Jamison fesses up to how lying had become a way to avoid conflict, her flaws, and having to face up to and deal with her uglier emotions.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Apr 3, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,989 words)

How Joan Didion Became Joan Didion

Joan Didion didn’t shy away from criticizing everything and everyone from The Sound of Music and J.D. Salinger, and she did it with flair and a voice all her own.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Apr 2, 2018
Length: 20 minutes (5,000 words)

I Walked From Selma To Montgomery

The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail is, at 54 miles, the shortest of America’s 19 National Historic Trails. It is also a hike in which the walking of it is a political act, and Rahawa Haile decides she has no choice but to hike it in the early days of the Trump Administration.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Apr 1, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,400 words)

Why Is Angels In America Still The Most Prominent Story Being Told About AIDS?

There is no denying that Tony Kushner’s play “Angels in America” is a profound work of art, but on the eve of yet another production (a Broadway run), Steven Thrasher raises a significant and frankly troubling question: as the play is (largely) filtered through the lens of white gay men, how many millions of experiences from gay people of color have been hidden from mainstream sight?

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Mar 30, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,288 words)

How Nashville Became One Big Bachelorette Party

Nashville wants you to visit when you’re young, when you’re thinking about your future, perhaps even considering a move to this “it” city where Jack White and the Black Keys make their home. So the city is catering to a group that’s thinking about their future in big way: bachelorettes.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Mar 29, 2018
Length: 27 minutes (6,900 words)

What Does It Cost To Be Big On Instagram?

It’s no surprise that breaking into the seemingly perfect life of being an Instagram influencer takes time, money and a lot of hard work. But once you make it, is it worth it? For some, social media fame is the goal, and for others, its only the stepping stone to a “real” job.

Author: Jarry Lee
Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Mar 3, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,200 words)

These Writers Are Launching A New Wave Of Native American Literature

A new generation of indigenous writers reject the aesthetics and standards of the white publishing world. And finally, the first Native-focused MFA program is here to facilitate their visions and voices, and make Native Americans more visible in literature.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Feb 22, 2018
Length: 26 minutes (6,539 words)

My Inheritance Was My Father’s Last Lesson To Me And I Am Still Learning It

When Alexander Chee’s father died at the age of 43 he didn’t leave behind a will, and his estate was divided among his wife and three children. When he turned 18, Chee was bequeathed a trust, and the first thing he bought was something he thought his father would want for him — a black Alfa Romeo.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Jan 28, 2018
Length: 18 minutes (4,530 words)

How I Stopped Being Ashamed Of My EBT Card

A reported personal essay in which Janelle Harris writes about reluctantly succumbing to her need for Medicaid and the electronic equivalent of food stamps after she lost her full-time reporting job in 2012, in order to feed herself and her daughter.

Source: BuzzFeed
Published: Jan 23, 2018
Length: 9 minutes (2,306 words)