I’m the Director of Newsletters at BuzzFeed, and I lead a team of four in New York that’s building amazing products for the internet and your inbox. Since I started at BuzzFeed in December 2012, we’ve grown newsletters into one of the biggest referrers of traffic to the site, one that’s driven more than 175 million clicks to BuzzFeed.
Traffic Magazine explained why we’ve bet so big on newsletters, Digiday wrote about how we launch new products, and Mediapost explained why email is one of our most important platforms. Others have said that “BuzzFeed revived the email newsletter,” that “BuzzFeed’s emails could change everything,” and that our emails are “irresistible.”
I’ve written more than 200 posts for BuzzFeed, but only one has hit 1 million views. (Naturally, it’s about Austin Powers’ chest hair.)
Before BuzzFeed, I founded Stry.us [pronounced STOHR-ee], a long-form news project that told stories in places like Biloxi, MS, and Springfield, MO. In 2011-12, I grew Stry.us through my work as a Reynolds Fellow at the University of Missouri.
I also founded Tools For Reporters, a weekly newsletter dedicated to helping reporters find the best tools and hacks.
I’ve had my words published in The Boston Globe and my photography published in The New York Times. I’ve worked for news organizations like KENS-TV in San Antonio and The Rocky Mountain News in Denver, and I’ve spent time at States News Service, The Nantucket Independent, The Business Gazette of Montgomery County (MD), The Washington Examiner and CBS News Radio. I got my start in reporting as a stringer for The Sports Network, first covering the Washington Redskins, and later, the Washington Nationals.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in 2009.
All photos of me on danoshinsky.com were taken by Anthony Lindsey, and graciously re-used here with permission of Campaign Monitor.