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Why Vox redesigned its homepage with newspapers in mind

Depending on who you ask, the homepage is either on the verge of death, surging back to life or stuck in a state of unending metamorphosis. Here's what you don't hear as often: An argument that digital homepages should look something like their teetering-on-the-verge-of-extinction, dead-tree predecessors. But that's more or less the position taken by the … Read More
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SB Nation names first editor in chief in push for growth

One of these sites is not like the other: ESPN.com, CBSSports.com, FoxSports.com, SBNation.com. To the titans of sports coverage, networks with broadcast rights to major sporting events, SB Nation is a scrappy flotilla of sports blogs led by its eponymous flagship site. Because it can't air games, SB Nation has carved out a niche for itself as a multifaceted … Read More
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Verge employee worked at Apple for months but didn't tell his editors

Chris Ziegler, a former founding editor at The Verge, was employed at Apple this summer while he worked for the tech and culture website, Verge Editor-in-Chief Nilay Patel announced in an open letter Friday. Being employed at a company your newsroom covers regularly represents a clear conflict of interest, but Patel says Verge parent company Vox Media has undertaken … Read More
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Melissa Bell named publisher at Vox Media

Vox Media announced on Thursday that Melissa Bell will be appointed to the recreated job of publisher. Bell, who is a member of Poynter's National Advisory Board, will be responsible for helping "develop the company’s brands and identify opportunities to build its audience on its sites and across different platforms, such as Snapchat and Facebook." She was previously the company's … Read More
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NAA is getting ready to accept digital-only sites as members

In a break with tradition, The Newspaper Association of America is looking to expand its membership to include digital-only news organizations, according to its top leaders. Chairman Tony Hunter and President and CEO David Chavern let drop that prospect in a recent phone interview on their agenda for the coming year. But Chavern quickly added it is not a done … Read More
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Vox suspends editor for Trump tweet

Emmett Rensin, the deputy editor of Vox’s first person section, has been suspended by the explainer site after tweeting that people should "start a riot" if their towns are visited by presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. Advice: If Trump comes to your town, start a riot. — Emmett Rensin (@emmettrensin) June 3, 2016 The … Read More
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SB Nation accounts for botched story on Daniel Holtzclaw

Editors at the Vox Media sports site SB Nation have finished a review process that traced the mistakes leading up to a flawed profile of Daniel Holtzclaw, a convicted rapist and former police officer who played football in college. The story, which SB Nation has chalked up to a "complete breakdown of a part of the editorial process," was … Read More
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Fresh from success with Vox Sentences, Vox is betting on email newsletters

David Carr was onto something two years ago when he proclaimed that newsletters were still alive and well. Noticing the sudden glut of briefings jockeying for attention in the world's inboxes, The New York Times media columnist declared that newsletters, "an old-school artifact of the web that was supposed to die along with dial-up connections, are not only still … Read More
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A year after joining Vox Media, Recode drops the slash and broadens its ambitions

Re/code is now Recode. This morning, the Silicon Valley scoop factory launched a redesigned website with a new logo and plenty of white space. Style junkies rejoice: That pesky slash is no more. But's that's hardly the biggest change at Recode. Since the site — and its events business — were acquired by Vox Media a year ago, the media startup … Read More
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Vox Media goes all-in on Snapchat amid annual advertising showcase

In a further display of video's increasing importance among news organizations, Vox Media on Wednesday announced it's creating a standalone studio devoted to creating content for the messaging app Snapchat. The studio, which will comprise an as-yet undetermined number of staffers, will develop content for Snapchat's Discover channel, according to a news release from Vox Media. Each Vox Media property … Read More
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How news organizations are using The List App to reclaim the listicle

Several news organizations have joined "The List App," which debuted earlier this month. Pop quiz: Which of these shows is produced by NPR? "This American Life" "99% Invisible" "Radiolab" "Prairie Home Companion" The answer? None of them, even though each program airs on public radio stations. Of course, you'd already know this if you followed NPR on The List App, … Read More
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BuzzFeed announces $200 million investment from NBCUniversal

BuzzFeed | Re/code BuzzFeed on Tuesday announced that NBCUniversal has invested $200 million in the social news outlet, confirming earlier reports that a major equity deal was in the works for the two media companies. In a statement on BuzzFeed's website, founding CEO Jonah Peretti said the investment will be accompanied by collaboration between BuzzFeed and NBCUniversal. Read More
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Developers and reporters have more in common than they think

Photo credit: Small World, Flickr At media companies I’ve worked with and visited, developers and reporters were often on different floors, if they were in the same building. If it was a smaller operation, just reporting website issues involved a long back-and-forth email with the third-party vendor that employed part-time developers. There was often utter confusion around how … Read More
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Vox works with McClatchy to bring explainers to local readers

There's a problem in journalism that's been bothering Melissa Bell for a long time: How can digital storytelling techniques dreamed up in national news organizations find their way to smaller publications with mostly local audiences? "I think that when we talk about digital journalism, we're not seeing a huge amount of success and answers getting down to the local level," … Read More
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