I went into this task of critiquing Vox news with a lot of positivity. A few people close to me had recently praised the website saying they really like it. And for the most part I thought Vox was a great website.
When it comes to multimedia, Vox is truly paving the way. They constantly use short informative videos (link a cool example of their work) which work extremely well on social media such as Facebook and YouTube. Facebook being a site which works very well with posting videos and starting conversations, better than YouTube in my opinion (for news sites that is).
In addition to simply using videos, Vox makes some very well made videos. It clearly looks like something that they are putting a lot of effort into. Videos are also something I feel like will start to be utilized much more in the future, and with the pace Vox is running they’ll always stand out in that field.
Another thing I really like about the mission Vox is set out to accomplish is explaining the news (link to Vox’s “Explainers” section). News can be really complicated, and if you aren’t consistently keeping up on currently events it might be hard to follow the news. This is where Vox steps up. They put in a lot of effort to break down stories into to easy to follow anecdotes along with links to stories that relate to one another. Explaining the news is only true to Vox news and I think this is something that truly helps encompass the true purpose of Vox news.
I did not face to many issues with Vox news, but two of them would be their tendency to sound very liberal (link to past post talking about this) and a lack in real time news. Vox clearly has a liberal voice, and I don’t mind news networks having slight political leanings. However, Vox tended to lean too far left. I am a liberal person too, but when it comes to news and as a journalist I believe the sight should maintain a much more neutral stance while reporting.
The timeliness of Vox’s news (link to post on Vox’s timeliness) also was a little disappointing. Vox tended to be a day or two late when it came to reporting big time news. Sometimes they didn’t even cover big events which I was expecting to read about on site. They do use twitter, something use for real time news, but they tend to keep it updated with the latest articles from the website.
Vox was certainly an extremely helpful website when it came to learning more about the news. However, I see it more as a starter website, similarly to a starter car. It doesn’t have it all, it’s simple and easy to navigate, and it’s helpful/informative. I would suggest Vox for these purposes, but if you are looking for something very professional Vox isn’t the ideal place.