Robots Deliver Food Now? – Video Story

With so many videos on the Internet, it is difficult for some viewers to find actual news stories on Facebook. However, with BuzzFeed News’ ability to captivate their audience through their videos, it comes as no surprise that when needing to write about a non-broadcast video story from a news site, one would go to BuzzFeed News.

One of their more recent videos, titled This Robot is ACTUALLY Delivering Food in California, has received over 143k views in less than 24 hours since its upload.


How come a video like this has received so many views? For starters, the topic is quite intriguing considering the idea of robots delivering food seems impossible, but the way BuzzFeed News puts together the video enables the viewer to stay and watch the entire two minutes and 17 seconds.

The first shot, a man sitting on a bench as a robot rolls down the sidewalk followed by the man trying to steal the robot, but failing to do so. The video then cuts to the man saying “Robot – 1 Human – 0” which leads the viewer to think: Well, what’s going to happen next? BuzzFeed News then provides more information through text on the screen as the viewer watches a variety of shots of the robot rolling around Los Angeles, enabling the viewer to visualize how the robot would actually work. The interview with the associate of Starship Technologies also adds an intriguing perspective to the video because the viewer can learn about the brains behind this concept. Plus, they keep the story upbeat and fun with the techno music that plays in the background.

Through the use of text as well as a variety of up close, medium and over-the-shoulder shots, BuzzFeed News provides the audience an insight as to how cool it would be to have robots delivering our food. Now, where do I sign up?



John Mangiapane of Mangia Pizza & Restaurant – Photo Story

In New York, especially Long Island, there is pretty much a pizza place on every corner right next to the Dunkin or bagel shop. With so many pizza restaurants, how does one stand out amongst the competition? Well, John Mangiapane of Mangia Pizza & Restaurant, has been finding a way since opening his restaurant in 2001 after deciding to expand his family’s pizza place, which was established in 1987.

Serving homemade Italian food from pasta dishes to pizza, Mangiapane has had customers  coming back for years. While owning a restaurant is no easy feat, he has been able to find the balance between spending time with his family and making sure the restaurant stays afloat. With his witty charisma and easygoing personality, it is no secret that customers come back solely for the food. Explore a day in the life of John Mangiapane as he spends his Sunday afternoon at Mangia Pizza and Restaurant.


Arriving at Mangia Pizza and Restaurant in the early afternoon, John Mangiapane steps through the doors of the pizza parlor.


After receiving a to-go order, John Mangiapane places the ticket in the ticket holder to start the order. Mangia Pizza and Restaurant sends out approximately 70 deliveries per day.


John Mangiapane tosses dough in the air, one of the steps in preparing the pizza dough for the traditional Mangia pizza crust.


Taking a fresh pepperoni pizza out of the oven, John Mangiapane places the hot dish into a pizza box so that it is ready for the customer to pick up.


With the freshly made boxed pepperoni pizza in hand, John Mangiapane hands the to-go order to the customer.


John Mangiapane asks how the orders are going with employee, Anna, as she prepares a to-go order of zeppolis. Zeppolis are one of the many desserts offered at Mangia Pizza and Restaurant, with others including Italian ices and fried oreos.


John Mangiapane observes as employee Anna hands out the to-go order of zeppolis to the customer. Mangiapane oversees eight employees, ranging from cooks to waiters to delivery persons.


John Mangiapane adds a to-go order into the system from a customer’s phone call.


John Mangiapane pulls a slice of ricotta pizza from the case of pre-made slices. Mangia Pizza and Restaurant offers customers 15 different combinations of pizza toppings.


John Mangiapane asks customers of 15 years, Don and Eileen, how they like their meal. “I love being able to serve the customers a quality good meal,” Mangiapane said. “I get a good kick when I get to see people eat something that makes them happy.”


After a long day at the pizza parlor, John Mangiapane heads out the door to head home in order to get up the next day ready to face the upcoming challenges and triumphs.