This week, social news organization BuzzFeed's CEO and founder Jonah Peretti came to town as part of Chicago Ideas Week to participate in a talk at the Goodman Theater.
The subject was "Future of News: What's the Story?" and he was there discussing that with Jumo's Chris Hughes, Pulse's Akshay Kotahri and Syria Deeply's Lara Setrakian.
Before that talk, though, I sat down with Peretti backstage at the Goodman to discuss what he feels are the greatest challenges facing his company and other burgeoning media outlets getting their starts nowadays.
David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as an interviewer-writer for Adult Swim, he's also a comedy-writing instructor for Second City. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. When not playing video games for work he's thinking of dashing out to Chicago Diner, Pizano's, or Yummy Yummy. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.