BuzzFeed, most famous for its cat pictures and listicles, will today join some of the most prestigious legacy outlets in Australia as a full member of the press gallery.

The viral news and entertainment website had for months been sending its young reporters to political events like the budget lockup and the ALP national conference, where they've cut a contrasting figure to the usual mould of press gallery journos. Crikey understands the reception to the BuzzFeed kids has been pointedly mixed -- some see them as the future of journalism that speaks to new audiences, while others dismiss them as purveyors of little more than gimmicks and embedded tweets. With the blessing of the press gallery committee, they'll be regulars from now on.