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Posts Tagged ‘Matt Yglesias’

Vox.com, Led by Ezra Klein, Goes Live

Vox Media’s Vox.com, a general news site being led by Ezra Klein, is now live. It’s an impressive looking site and certainly more advanced than what Klein was used to at The Washington Post. Appearance aside, the most notable thing about Vox is something called “Vox Cards.”

According to Klein, Melissa Bell and Matt Yglesias — the founders of Vox —  the site’s mission is to “explain the news,” and a big part of that is the Cards.

At any point when you’re reading an article, a Vox Card could be available through highlighted text. Clicking the text brings up the Card, which provides additional context to the article you’re currently reading. The Cards also exist on their own. For example, Vox’s first set of Cards includes topics such as Obamacare, The Ukraine Crisis and GM’s Recall Scandal.

The Cards are a cool feature, even if it might take some time getting used to them. They’re just not something you expect to see, which is why they might be key to Vox. Vox is attempting to make waves in an already crowded general news site market, if people accept and enjoy Cards, they’ll certainly help keep Vox afloat.

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Matt Yglesias Named Executive Editor of Ezra Klein’s New Vox Media Venture

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Matt Yglesias will serve as executive editor of the new Vox Media venture founded by Ezra Klein, FishbowlNY has learned.

“That is my title,” Yglesias confirmed to FishbowlNY in an email Monday morning. “Now obviously the website itself needs a name and I suppose titles could change too as we build out the team, but ‘executive editor’ is the title Ezra and Melissa and I have had down on paper for me for months.”

Klein will be editor-in-chief.

Slate’s prolific economics blogger announced last week that he would join Klein, The Washington Post who recently quit to start his own publication with staff from his popular policy site, Wonkblog.

“There’s not much to say at this point,” Yglesias told The New York Times last Thursday, declining to provide details of his new position, “other than that I’m very excited to be part of this team and we’re hoping to announce some more stuff in the near future.”

But when Klein announced in a post on The Verge on Sunday that he would launch his new site with Vox, he and Yglesias chimed into the comments below. And, thanks to Vox’s comment system, which verifies official authors with a checkmark and job title, Yglesias revealed his role as executive editor.

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No, Slate Hasn’t Hired Jeb Lund [Updated]

JebLund11Nearly a year ago, Gawker writer Jeb Lund outed his real identity, having long blogged under the nom-de-plume Mobutu Sese Seko, the infamous Congolese dictator. Another revelation: He was leaving Gawker.

On Thursday afternoon, the Florida-based writer tweeted that Slate had chosen him “to field a general blogger role.” Mediabistro — which owns FishbowlNY — linked to his tweet in Friday night’s Revolving Door newsletter, which announces new hires and departures in the journalism industry.

Slate, reportedly to the surprise of some editors, had just lost economics columnist Matt Yglesias to Ezra Klein‘s as-yet unnamed venture. Could Lund — whose virtual identity screams of the pre-Facebook Internet randomness and pseudonymity — be the new marquee name at the venerable online magazine?

Not to spoil Lund’s fun — he had some people, including this apparently gullible writer, fooled — but here’s what Slate said when asked if the blogger was joining the site:

“Not true,” Alissa Neil, Slate’s spokeswoman, told FishbowlNY in an email Friday evening.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Joins TheAtlantic.com

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TheAtlantic.com has announced that Ta-Nehisi Coates, 32, will be joining the website’s blogging masthead. Coates has previously held positions as Time and the Village Voice. Earlier this year he penned and piece for The Atlantic titled “‘This Is How We Lost to the White Man’” about Bill Cosby’s Black Conservatism, as well, he published his childhood memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

TheAtlantic.com has managed to establish a strong online presence over the past year or so, beginning with Andrew Sullivan who moved there after only a year with Time. The line-up now includes Ross Douthat, Megan McArdle, Jeffery Goldberg, Clive Crook, James Fallows, and campaign must-read Marc Ambinder. Coates ostensibly fills the slot left vacant by Matt Yglesias who departed the site this week for the Center for American Progress.