Recode reboots as part of Vox, hires Oltman as editor
Ezra Klein of Vox and Kara Swisher of Recode write about how the tech news site has become part of Vox.
Klein and Swisher write, “Recode has its roots in business journalism, reflecting an era when the story of technology was told through product releases and OS updates, management shifts and turnovers, earnings reports and investment decisions. But its soul has always been the deep expertise and sourcing of its staff, and the skeptical eye it cast on Silicon Valley long before skepticism became fashionable.
“Vox has its soul in explanatory journalism, reflecting a recognition that the news is incomprehensible without context. But that context is, increasingly, the decisions made by a handful of companies on the left coast of the United States. To understand the news, you need to understand the firms, figures, and forces of Silicon Valley.
“By joining Vox, the lens and ambition of Recode’s journalism will widen. By partnering with Recode, Vox will deepen its ability to explain the news. To that end, we’re thrilled to welcome Samantha Oltman, who joins us from BuzzFeed’s tech team, as our new editor — and to have the likes of Matt Yglesias, Brian Resnick, Emily Stewart, and other Vox staff writers contribute to Recode. And at this year’s Code Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, we’ll be unveiling new ways to read, listen, and work with Recode.”
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