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News from Vox Media: Week of August 17

The Verge hosted its second annual Hack Week; Re/code launched a new video series, "The 26%"; and Alexis Juneja, VP, People & Culture, spoke with Politico Media.

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

Politico Media spoke with Alexis Juneja, Vox Media's V.P., People & Culture in a 60-second interview on her role, the media industry's rapid change, and what she looks for in prospective hires.

Vox Product shared a recap and video of their experience at Communicate 2025, the event in which 36 students from the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club and 36 designers from the greater NYC tech scene spent a day brainstorming and inventing.

The Verge kicked off its second annual Hack Week, a time to "totally blow up our site and bring our product and editorial teams together to make weird experiments, chase crazy ideas, and generally rethink the way we tell stories on the internet using our site, our platform, and our editorial tools," wrote Nilay Patel, Editor-in-Chief  of The Verge. Hack Week projects included an imagined world dominated by Disney, 2015 - 2040 AD, a company name generator inspired by Alphabet, a drone flow chart, and a diversity scorecard documenting how tech's biggest companies compare on diversity.

Re/code launched a new video series, "The 26%: Women Speak Out on Tech's Diversity Crisis," with an interview with Google X researcher Leila Takayama. The series aims to draw attention to the severity of the tech industry's gender crisis; Re/code explains, "despite the industry's rapid growth, the percentage of female workers has actually decreased, from 35 percent in 1990 to just 26 percent today." The video was picked up on the New York Times's Women in the World, NextShark, Women You Should Know, and 9to5Google, among other sites. Editor-in-Chief Ezra Klein joined NPR's On Point to discuss the New York Times's controversial Amazon story, the culture at, and the future of American work.

Brian Muller, Director of Data Science at Vox Media, explained how algorithms make recommendations on WAMU's The Kojo Nnamdi Show.