Buzzfeed has a growing news section. I’ve been most impressed with their coverage of ISIS.

As I’ve discussed in class, most news sources refer to ISIS as a sort of anomaly in this peace-striving world. A backwards movement from a tragic civil war. What’s most tragic about this assumption is that everyone joining ISIS is an idiot.

All the news sources I reviewed during my second critique, in which I discussed the coverage of women in ISIS, were too judgmental, too reserved.

And, yeah, young people are idealistic, but that can’t be our only explanation for why well-to Western teenaged females are running off to marry jihadists and live under Sharia law.

What most news sources do is not look into the lioness’ mouth.

Buzzfeed published an awesome article looking into the social media world of ISIS that I’ve linked before and discussed in length in a critique and during class time, so I’m not going to get into that.

They did publish another awesome article on the three teenagers from Colorado who tried to defect to ISIS.

It starts off like a normal news article, adhering to the inverted pyramid:

The three Colorado teenagers who were detained earlier this month as they were reportedly headed to Syria interacted with ISIS members online, a BuzzFeed News investigation shows.

It answers the questions of “Who, what, where, and how” in this first few paragraphs in a form that’s comfortable to traditional news consumers:

BuzzFeed News identified the three teens by using the information provided in the redacted offense report from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, tweets from their friends and classmates, and the girls’ personal Facebook accounts.

No charges have been filed against the girls, and because of their ages, BuzzFeed News is not using their full names. Like many would-be militant supporters, the three girls adopted a second name to use while online, known as a kunya, which will be used to identify them here.

Officials believe that the teenage girls were recruited online to join ISIS. An examination of the three girls’ (now-deleted) social media accounts point to this possibility.

But then they choose to look into the problem directly. Buzzfeed consults what we would refer to as “primary sources,” the social media pages they can find that aren’t blocked.

including this image a correspondent screenshot from one of the girls’ twitter page.

Buzzfeed even analyzes a police report.

Buzzfeed’s legitimacy seemingly is trashed by its annoying list sites and quizzes. However, there is something to this form of news.

What I do want to stress is how Buzzfeed tells some of the most objective forms of news out there. They give a user the story but illustrate it only with tweets, tumblrs, and blog posts from the actual people involved with the process. It doesn’t assume judgements – it leaves that to the reader.

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