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Will Vox’s new section on effective altruism…well, do any good?
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“It came out of a sense that there were some really important topics with impacts on human beings that didn’t get as much coverage in traditional journalism sections and pieces.”
“In short, we came to think that the collaboration itself was something that needed editing.”
“The joke in the industry is everybody doesn’t like the CMS or they write in some other tool.” Vox Media aims to change that punchline for other publishers.
“It seemed appropriate to do a still not short, but way more digestible, on-the-run version of the story.”
“Journalists in every field need to have more skills to investigate those types of decision-making that are embedded in technology.”
“She wrote a fabulous piece that did incredibly well and I think there’s no way on earth that (a) she would have submitted or (b) it would have run, before we started this stuff. It got more than double the usual number of pageviews for an opinion piece.”
“As journalists, we’re taught to be competitive and territorial. On the other hand, things are changing dramatically, so don’t assume other people in your local market don’t want to collaborate.”
The press is, at its best, the strong and steady hand at keeping the public informed. No surprise, it is the twin Watergate-tested news institutions of The New York Times and The Washington Post that continue to lead that informing.
But will the added transparency enlighten, confuse, or open up new vectors of misinformation?
“There may be two partners who think they can’t work together, but really you could have a meeting or two and talk things out and resolve some questions — and then they actually could work together.”