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Vox Media in the News: Week of May 25

Vox Media acquires Re/code, launches embeddable card stacks, Racked hires first reports editor and much more.

Welcome to the weekly roundup of notable coverage of, and announcements from, the world of Vox Media.

Code conf

Vox Media announced that Re/code, the prominent the technology business news organization founded by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, will join the company. The announcement generated a tidal wave of national and international press from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg, AdAge, AdWeek, USA Today, Reuters, NPR’s Here and Now, New York magazine, The Guardian, among hundreds of other outlets.

Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff appeared live on CNBC’s Squawk Alley from Re/code’s signature Code Conference to discuss the acquisition, as did Re/code founders Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg.  The Verge’s editor in chief Nilay Patel elaborated on Re/code joining the Vox Media family, posted an explainer on the deal from Jim Bankoff, and Re/code posted a note to their audience, as well as a video of the announcement on stage at the opening of the Code Conference.

Poynter and Fortune covered the launch of’s new embeddable card stacks and partnership with McClatchy, which will begin distributing Vox’s signature card stacks to the company’s local and regional newspapers.

Racked announced its first reports editor, Meredith Haggerty, has joined the masthead.  The announcement was covered by Nieman Labs and Poynter.’s editor in chief Ezra Klein, in an exclusive interview, spoke with Bill Gates about the realistic possibility of a catastrophic world-wide epidemic occurring in our lifetime.  The interview was covered by Fortune, among others.

SB Nation’s editor in chief Kevin Lockland spoke with about SB Nation's success in digital coverage of Major League Baseball, with both national and regional content to attract fans.

Eater has teamed up with Facebook to provide information from Eater critics and editors that will appear on Facebook restaurant pages.  The launch was covered by Fast Company, Mashable, The Independent, among many other outlets.

Vox Media’s editorial director Lockhart Steele spoke to Digiday about Vox Media’s use of chat app Slack, an increasingly popular service within media companies and news organizations.’s engagement editor Allison Rockey also spoke with Digiday about newsletter formats, and what has found to be most appealing to their audience.