Posted on Monday, April 14th, 2014 by Will Hagle
Vox is a 21st century media site offering explanation of things going on in the news.
Vox is a news site that offers well-written and thought-provoking articles about a variety of topics. It has a mission, however, that separates itself from standard sites: it attempts to explain the news. It does so by publishing straightforward articles like “The Northwestern football union fight, explained,” as well as articles with vaguer headlines like “How does one pill cost $1,000?” These articles are clearly written to demonstrate the difficult-to-fully-understand topics currently covered in the media. Vox is published by Vox Media, the company responsible for other innovative sites like SB Nation, The Verge, Polygon, Curbed, Eater and Racked. Like those other sites, Vox truly understands its 21st century audience, but it doesn’t sacrifice quality writing or intelligence in order to reach individuals that like to share content online. This makes the site somewhat of a rarity in the online news sector — it doesn’t offer the clunky old style of journalism, but it isn’t filled with .gifs and lists either. The articles on the site are diverse, but all are committed to Vox’s general mission.
The site claims that its writers don’t want to tell you what happened or how they feel about what happened. They just want to make sure you understand what happened. This is an extremely unique approach to talking about news, but one that’s definitely worthy of attention. The site covers sports, politics, pop culture, public policy, world affairs, food, business and many other topics. News crosses over a variety of categories, and Vox is there to both cover and explain it all. While the site is consistently updated to cover current events, Vox also features explanatory pages about specific subject. Featured on the home page, for instance, are articles entitled “Everything you need to know about Pope Francis” and “Everything you need to know about same-sex marriage.” These articles are relevant to things happening now, but they’re also more general and explanatory than attention-grabbing and in the moment. Of course, Vox also includes list articles like “21 times Colbert has broken character,” but that’s inevitable in the 21st century journalistic world.