On January 6, Vox’s senior health correspondent, Julia Belluz, published an article about a mysterious respiratory illness baffling doctors in China. Since that first piece in January, Vox has been covering this topic extensively, tirelessly, and with our accessible style of explanatory journalism that is particularly important when the stakes are as high as they are now and when a story has as many twists and turns as the coronavirus pandemic does.
Our mission has always been to empower audiences through understanding. During this global health and economic crisis, this essential work is finding an enormous audience around the world.
Our article on “flattening the curve,” one of the first of its kind, has been viewed more than 9.4 million times and was shared on Twitter and Facebook by former President Barack Obama. We produced a video inspired by that viral article that now has more than 6 million views on YouTube and has been translated into more than 75 different languages, helping to spread this crucial message across the globe.
Italy’s state police and the Philippine Health Department have adapted the video for their own citizens; the latter country’s version has reached at least 2 million views. As a whole, our Covid-19 coverage has garnered more than 95 million pageviews on Vox’s site alone, and more than 44 million YouTube views. Our commitment to reporting on this crisis with clarity, care, and context is helping people across the globe stay safe and informed.
And we’re just getting started.
Our dedicated team of journalists has boundless ambitions — and feels a great sense of responsibility — to bring you more of our distinctive coverage, in new and different ways, and to continue doing so for free. But even with record audience growth, the media business is not immune to the effects of economic downturns. In fact, right now, when audiences need quality, accessible journalism the most, ad revenue is on the decline as companies move to save money and shrink their marketing budgets.
This is why we’re asking those of you who enjoy and value our journalism, and have the money to spare, to support our work with a financial contribution. Help us continue to cover this story at the level of quality and the pace that this urgent moment requires. Become our partner in empowering audiences through understanding.
To learn more about our audience support program and to make a contribution, click here. It won’t constitute a donation, but it will enable us to keep producing the vital explanatory journalism that this moment requires. Thank you, as always, for reading, watching, and listening.