By this point, we know Buzzfeed is all about visuals. The header photos and headlines are what draw readers in to click an article, and Buzzfeed is a known master of creating clickbait articles.
Buzzfeed is divided in to two sectors, Buzzfeed Entertainment and Buzzfeed News. As you can probably figure out, Buzzfeed Entertainment is home to the fun listicles and quizzes, while Buzzfeed News has news of the day in a more serious fashion.
Buzzfeed articles are usually curations of various news organizations’ reportings, with a classic funny or reaction-centered Buzzfeed twist. This article about photo stories is no different.
Some links in the article are to other photo stories done by Buzzfeed, but a majority are very powerful images published by the New York Times, Time, National Geographic, The Washington Post, and other news organizations.
One thing Buzzfeed does really well besides these curations, is creating their own graphics for header photos. Especially in Buzzfeed Entertainment articles, the first image you usually see looks like this:
The addition of the graphics on top of image show readers what to expect from the article, whether it’s funny or has a lot of engagement already.
At the same time, Buzzfeed News does not usually add a graphic to their singular image, like this:
For me, it isn’t so much that the images Buzzfeed provides don’t draw me in, but with the help of a witty headline, I am more likely to click on the article. If there is no article, and there is just a quick video from Buzzfeed, I would probably be more likely to just watch it.