SB Nation Hires David Roth
The Verge Takes Home 5 Webby Awards
Vox Media was excited to attend The 2013 Webby Awards dinner last night to accept five awards on The Verge’s behalf. Verge editor-in-chief Joshua Topolsky’s five-word acceptance speech summed up how we feel company-wide: “Teamwork, ladies and gentlemen, teamwork.” Catch that moment here.
The Verge won the People’s Choice award in every category it was nominated for: best writing (editorial), best podcast for The Vergecast, best visual design (function), best consumer electronics writing, and best news app. Check out the full list of winners here.
Vox Media Preps for E3
We’re gearing up for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (aka E3) here at Vox, and we’re excited to announce that our coverage will be presented by Ford.
The Verge and Polygon teams are planning live analysis, commentary, interviews, demos, breaking news, and more, all covered from the floor of the convention.
The teams will be broadcasting up to 3+ hours of live video coverage each day, which means Vox will have everything you need to know for what is being called the most important E3 in years.
Introducing Google+ integration into Chorus, SB Nation, Polygon, and The Verge
Vox Media is excited to announce that we have worked closely with Google to integrate Google+ into Chorus and across all of our properties…
The Verge introduces Verge Video
The Verge has launched a new home for all of its spectacular video. Verge editor-in-chief Joshua Topolsky introduces the hub, called Verge Video, and explains what readers can expect:
The site is a vast collection of all of our video content, including original shows, feature stories (what we like to think of as mini-documentaries), and lots of other exclusive video. That means you’ll be able to find all the Vergecast, Top Shelf, On The Verge, breaking news, event, and feature video content you can handle, conveniently arranged into smart channels that make it easy to see more of what you love. We also put a focus on the viewing experience, designing pages that get out of your way when you just want to watch.
As Topolsky notes, the video hub features responsive design, which means “Verge Video adapts to whatever platform you’re viewing it on — be it desktop, tablet, or phone — giving you a great experience in any situation.”
Verge Product Manager Dave Epstein says, “We produce a lot of great video, but with all of the articles, features and reviews produced daily on The Verge, video can get a little lost in the mix. This new destination — organized by channel to make it easier to find related videos — highlights the viewing experience. We’re really excited about it.”
Joshua Topolsky, Marty Moe Named "People to Watch in Silicon Alley"
The Verge hires Nathan Olivarez-Giles
We’re excited to welcome a new member to the Vox Media family!
Nathan Olivarez-Giles joins The Verge as a reporter. He was previously a reporter at Wired, where he was on the Google beat, reviewing all the latest Android phones and tablets, venturing into the Grand Canyon for the maiden voyage of Google’s Street View Trekker backpack, and documenting Samsung’s frustration over Apple’s defense of the rectangle as a design ethos. Before Wired, Nathan was the lead writer of the Los Angeles Times technology blog and its chief gadget critic. The Huffington Post once described Nathan as the greatest Latino tech writer of all time, and while Nathan doesn’t totally agree, he appreciates the sentiment. He can be found on Twitter @nateog.
Introducing Vox Creative
Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff introduced Vox Creative, a new wing of the company dedicated to in-house advertising and creative services, at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York City on Monday.
Speaking with TechCrunch co-editor Eric Eldon, Bankoff cited Vox’s success with its editorial brands — 60 million unique visitors a month — and its interest in bringing the Vox tools and capabilities to advertisers with brand stories.
As a media and technology company, Vox Media is giving the web the voice it deserves. Award-winning design, broadcast-quality video, deep community, rich data, and world-renowned journalism all delivered by Vox’s proprietary publishing technology Chorus enables Vox to tell thousands of stories to millions of people every day. The introduction of Vox Creative opens those same capabilities to the brand and advertising world.
Creative Director Chad Mumm, who will oversee the department with Chief Product Officer Trei Brundrett, said, “With Vox Creative, we aim to apply the same incredible capabilities for our clients as we do to our own media brands The Verge, Polygon, and SB Nation. Brands are always looking for innovative ways to tell their stories to audiences and Vox Creative gives us an opportunity to lend our expertise and technology to these stories.”
TechCrunch’s full coverage of the announcement and video of Bankoff’s fireside chat are available here.
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Vox Media’s The Verge Launches Science Section, Announces Katie Drummond as Editor
New York, New York — April 17, 2013 — Technology and culture publication The Verge launched a new section today called “Verge Science,” focused on exploring the biggest ideas, the boldest research, and the most astonishing discoveries in all of science, from medicine and space exploration to physics and the environment.
Katie Drummond will be joining The Verge as the editor of Verge Science. Drummond previously worked as a reporter for Danger Room at Wired covering military research, and also as a reporter for The Daily and AOL News, where she covered breaking science and health news and contributed regular features and investigative stories. She has also written for The New Republic, New York Magazine, Popular Science, The Fix and other publications. Drummond will coordinate science coverage from The Verge’s own staff of reporters, as well as contributions from veteran science writers including Carl Zimmer, Brandon Keim, Ed Yong, and Victoria Schlesinger.
“Since our launch, we’ve been constantly developing and expanding the voice of The Verge, and it’s always been clear that a focus on science would be a big part of what we do,” Verge Editor-in-Chief Joshua Topolsky said. “Katie is the perfect person to shine a light on this topic because she’s brilliant at distilling big, complex ideas into deeply satisfying stories.”
Nilay Patel, The Verge’s managing editor, said, “The Verge is all about finding sharp new angles into important stories, and our science coverage will be no different — a mix of passionate critical thinking, enthusiasm, and fun that connects with a growing audience.”
The hiring of Drummond and the launch of the section also coincides with the introduction of a new Science forum, offering The Verge’s growing community a place to discuss the biggest stories of the day with Verge writers and each other. Readers can also follow Verge Science’s coverage at the dedicated Twitter handle @vergescience or on Flipboard, where The Verge is launching a new magazine dedicated to the most important science news, reports, and features.
“We’ll deliver rigorous, thoughtful, authoritative reporting on what’s new, what’s coming next, and why it actually matters — and we’ll make room for both certifiable science geeks and casual readers to find out what inspires them,” Drummond said.
The section debuts today with an investigation into the potential risks of federal research designed to prevent a pandemic, and a Q&A with best-selling science journalist Mary Roach. Drummond introduces readers to the section in a welcome post and an original video.
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About Vox Media
Vox Media is one of the fastest growing online publishers, focused on the sports, personal technology and gaming categories. Vox is solving the problem of developing high-value digital journalism, storytelling and brand advertising at scale. Its audiences are among the most engaged and affluent on the web. It was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday in March 2013.
SB Nation, its sports brand, boasts over 30mm users per month across 300 individually branded, fan-centric sports communities, each covering a specific professional or college team, league or sport. In November 2011, Vox Media launched The Verge, which has quickly established itself as a category leader and the fastest growing site that covers technology. In October, Vox launched Polygon, a site dedicated to news and community for fans of gaming, anchored by an all-star roster of writers. All Vox Media sites are built on Chorus, its world-class proprietary publishing platform.
The company enjoys support from leading investors including Accel Partners, Comcast Interactive Capital, Khosla Ventures and Allen & Company.