AI & THE MEDIA

The Atlantic, Vox Media Sign Licensing, Product Deals With OpenAI

The deals give OpenAI added momentum in its quest for credible content to train its algorithms and inform its chatbots — and could also protect the Microsoft-backed company further from future copyright liability. Both multi-year partnerships include agreements in which OpenAI is able to license the publishers’ archived content to train its AI models.

True-Crime Podcasts About Trump Are Everywhere

MSNBC, NPR, Vox Media and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution are all aiming to capitalize on interest in the criminal cases against President Donald J. Trump with the shows.

Vox Media Lays Off 4% Of Staff In 2nd Round Of Cuts This Year

The company’s union objected, noting that journalists covering climate change, policy and tech are among those affected.

Penske Media Takes Stake In Vox Media, Becoming Its Largest Shareholder

Penske Media Corp., Deadline’s parent company, has made a strategic investment in Vox Media and is now its largest shareholder. Vox is the owner of media brands such as Vox, New York Magazine, The Verge, The Cut, Eater, Vulture, The Strategist, Polygon, SB Nation, Curbed and several more. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The companies will continue to operate independently after the transaction.

Vox Media To Cut 7% of Workforce

The company, which publishes New York magazine, The Verge and numerous other brands, joins a parade of tech and media companies cutting back staff amid economic uncertainty.

Media Companies Start Returning Money Linked To Sam Bankman-Fried

ProPublica and Vox Media plan to give back journalism grants from the indicted crypto tycoon. Other newsrooms have been less clear.

Kara Swisher To Exit N.Y. Times Next Month For Vox Media

The technology writer and commentator will leave The New York Times, where she was a columnist and podcast host, next month as she plans to launch a new podcast with Vox Media. The new series will serve as a companion show to Pivot, the podcast Swisher hosts with Scott Galloway for Vox’s New York magazine.

Vox Media Union Pledges To Strike As Contract Nears Expiration

The Vox Media Union’s contract expires at midnight on June 13. The union is seeking cost-of-living raises and affordable benefits.

Vox Media Buying Group Nine To Create Digital Media Powerhouse

Vox Media has inked a deal to acquire Group Nine, a leading collection of multiplatform media brands including The Dodo, NowThis, PopSugar, Thrillist and Seeker. The portfolio will join Vox Media brands including SB Nation, New York Magazine, The Verge, Vox, Eater, The Cut, Vulture, Polygon and The Strategist, along with its rapidly growing podcast and studios business, and diversified revenue model across advertising, content distribution, commerce and subscriptions.

Vox Media Acquires Leading Podcast Creator Criminal Productions

Vox Media Acquires Drinks Publisher Punch, Complementing Eater

Google Invests $5.9M In Local News Diversity

Google has announced the recipients of the second round of the 2020 GNI Innovation Challenge for North America. The 33 projects tackle diversity, equity and inclusion in local news.

Vox Media’s Very Big Ambitions

Why CEO Jim Bankoff would rather you compare the digital network to Disney than The New York Times.

Vox Media Agrees To $4M Settlement With SB Nation Writers

Vox Media Lays Off 72 Staffers

Vox Media laid off about 6% of its staff on Thursday, citing the pandemic’s impact on revenue across the media industry. The digital media company, which owns a namesake news site as well as The Verge, Eater and the popular biweekly New York Magazine, employs about 1,200 people. This means the layoffs amount to 72 employees. The majority of these employees were already furloughed in April at the height of the US’ coronavirus pandemic.

Vox Media Prepares For Layoffs

Vox Media, the owner of media properties including New York Magazine, The Verge, SBNation and Eater, has informed its worker unions to prepare for company-wide layoffs, according to people familiar with the matter. Vox spoke with union leaders Monday to inform them of their plan to cut staff, said the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. Vox furloughed about 100 employees in April, or 9% of its staff, until July 31 as Covid-19 affected advertising budgets.

Vox Media Site Curbed To Be Merged Into New York Magazine

Vox Media Furloughs More Than 100

Vox Media, owner of sites including Vox, The Verge and New York magazine, is furloughing about 9% of its employees for three months. The decision is one of several measures the digital media company announced to cut costs after the coronavirus pandemic decimated its revenue sources.

Vox Media Aims For $20M+ Podcast Business In 2020

Vox Launches Targeting Based On First-Party Data

Vox Media-New York Media Merger Official

Vox Media Acquires New York Magazine

After more than 50 years and 44 National Magazine Awards, New York finds a home with a digital-media powerhouse.

Vox Media Revamps Ad Sales Workforce

Funny Or Die Moves To Vox Digital Platform

Vox Media Cuts 50 Employees

Vox Media, the owner of news and lifestyle websites like SB Nation and Eater, is laying off about 50 employees, a sign that Facebook’s recent algorithm changes are forcing publishers to shift strategies. The cuts were confined mostly to workers who produce social media video for Vox’s Media’s fashion site, Racked; Curbed, which focuses on real estate; and sports-oriented SB Nation

Unions Gain Foothold At Digital Media Cos.

A doubter at Vox Media, where one of the latest organizing efforts has begun, became a believer — no thanks to Twitter, he said.

Vox Pitches ‘Explainer’ Format To Advertisers

Vox Media has launched a new branded content division that will create its signature wonky “explainer” videos for advertisers.

Vox New Web Studios Feature Flexibility

Bill Simmons To Move Sports Site To Vox

Bill Simmons has signed a deal to move his sports and culture website, The Ringer, off Medium and onto Vox Media’s platform. While Simmons will maintain ownership of the site he launched last summer, the Ringer will become part of the portfolio of brands Vox offers to marketers alongside its own properties like SB Nation, the Verge and Eater.

Conde Nast, NBCU, Vox Team On Mobile Video

Condé Nast, NBCUniversal and Vox Media joined forces Thursday to deliver mobile video and branded content across all three of their digital networks. The partnership between the TV network giant and key publishers to sell ads across all three of the companies’ properties is a move to demonstrate scale and reach — and to compete with Facebook and Google. The goal is also to reach millennials.

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NBCUniversal Invests $200M In Vox Media

The deal values privately held Vox at $1 billion. “Vox Media has a great portfolio of premium digital brands that deeply engage broad audiences,” said Steve Burke, CEO, NBCUniversal. “Vox Media has strong leadership, top editorial talent and a unique technology platform. We are excited to be making this investment and building a collaborative partnership involving editorial content, advertising and technology.”

Comcast In Talks With New-Media Firms

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal is scouting out several companies in the world of new media for potential deals as the cable giant tries to court young consumers who are watching less traditional television. The company has engaged in preliminary discussions with several online publishers including Vice Media, BuzzFeed and Business Insider, and has discussed increasing its roughly 14% stake in Vox Media, according to people familiar with the matter. WSJ subscribers can read the full story here.

Tech News Site Re/code Bought By Vox Media

Vox operates several news and entertainment sites, including The Verge, which also covers tech news. In an online statement, Re/code founders Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg said they will continue to operate their site separately but may occasionally collaborate with The Verge.

Vox Media Launches Entertainment Division

How Vox Media Expects To Turn A Profit

$380 million: That’s the value of digital media startup Vox Media following its latest big cash infusion. It’s a stunning number — stunning just like the August investment that valued BuzzFeed at $850 million. So how’s Vox going to make enough money to justify it?