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News from Vox Media: Week of August 10

NBCUniversal announced strategic investment in Vox Media; Washington Magazine interviewed Vox’s Editor-in-Chief Ezra Klein; Vox's Todd VanDerWerff named finalist for Online Journalism Award.

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

Vox Media announced a strategic partnership with NBCUniversal on Wednesday. We look forward to a collaborative partnership in many areas including video programming, brand advertising, cross-promotion, and platform technology to grow existing properties and launch new franchises. The news was covered by the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Re/code, Associated Press, NPR, Fortune, CNBC's Media Money, Ad AgeAd WeekFinancial Times, The Hollywood Reporter, and by dozens of other publications. Jim Bankoff, Chairman and CEO of Vox Media, also discussed the partnership on CNBC's Squawk Box and Bloomberg's Media Makers.

Washington Magazine interviewed Vox's Editor-in-Chief Ezra Klein on the future of journalism, Vox's embeddable card stacks, and "that explainer thing." "The worst thing we do as journalists, and one of the worst things Washington does in particular, is make people feel the news is too complicated for them," said Klein. "So if we can give people a place they can catch up, that's a huge win. And the more often we do that for you, the more often you're going to come back."

Poynter reports that the Washington Post built its GOP debate night quote cards with Vox Media's open-source tool. "Because the UX had already been worked through, we were able to focus on customization," said Washington Post National Digital Projects Editor Terri Rupar about the project.

Vox Culture Editor Todd VanDerWerff's cultural criticism was named a finalist for the 2015 Online Journalism Awards in Online Commentary.

Re/code's Kara Swisher was on PBS's Charlie Rose to discuss Google's reorganization.

Eater Drinks Editor Kat Odell recommended the best dive bars in Los Angeles on KPCC's AirTalk.

The Verge's Sean O'Kane was on Tech News Today to discuss the launch of Samsung's S6 Edge+.