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The Vox Mission

Our mission is to empower you with the insight needed to understand and shape our world. We take you on a journey from curiosity to understanding, adding context and clarity to the events and issues swirling around you, so that you can truly understand the problems we face, potential solutions, and what you can do.

Vox’s staff of over 100 journalists and subject-matter experts report and produce articles, videos, and podcasts to clarify the issues that matter, explore the ideas that are shaping our country and the world, and answer questions you might not even have known to ask.

We apply our unique editorial approach to in-depth explanations on a range of topics — policy, the Supreme Court, voting rights, political extremism, what culture says about society, the biodiversity crisis, climate technology, green energy solutions, and more. And although we’re there when you need context for the events of the day, we also prioritize covering not just what is new but what’s important. Our Future Perfect section, for example, explores issues like the impact that industrial meat production has on the world, and alternatives to how we eat.

You can find us wherever you like to listen to, read, and watch things — YouTube, Apple News, email, Instagram, Netflix, your favorite podcast app and more. Our daily news explainer podcast Today, Explained Vox is also available on public radio stations across the country.

Vox is part of Vox Media, a leading modern media company. You can read more about Vox Media here.

Vox’s Impact

Vox was founded in 2014, with the mission to explain the news. We changed the industry, making the term “explainer” common in news outlets everywhere.

We have received numerous awards, including News and Documentary Emmys, Online Journalism Awards, the SEAL Environmental Journalism Awards, Scripps Howards Awards and Loeb Awards. We also partnered with ProPublica on their investigation into maternal mortality, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Read more about what we’ve been up to lately in our press room.

We believe explaining the news allows for an informed citizenry by providing more people with accurate information about what’s going on, how it could affect their world, and the agency they have to enact change. Our work has been used to educate people everywhere from college classrooms to vaccination sites in Taiwan to congressional speeches.

What you can expect from Vox

  1. Our audience is at the heart of what we do. Where other outlets are fixated on keeping up with — and writing for — their peers and rivals, or even simply people in power, we’re focused on someone more important: the reader, the listener, the viewer. We never lose sight of the fact that policy and major events, like the climate crisis, wars, or cultural happenings, impact real people’s lives and shape their opinions.
  2. We overdeliver. You should walk away from our journalism feeling like your curiosity has been satisfied and that you truly understand what we told you you’d learn.
  3. We do the work. We do the research, read the bill, pick up the phone to call experts, and then synthesize that information for people in a way that is helpful. Our arguments are authoritative because they are rigorous, pressure-tested, and deeply researched and reported.
  4. Our work is approachable. What you read, watch, or listen to on Vox should not be difficult to understand if you are not an expert.
  5. We explain why the moment matters. We don’t say what happened and stop there. Rather, we help you understand why something happened, why it’s consequential, and why you should care about it, looking to history to provide context to what is happening today.
  6. We work with moral clarity. On issues with a clear moral valence, we won’t pretend both sides are equally valid. Vox journalists engage with all sides of a debate and different perspectives, but we’re not afraid to make a bold statement backed by expertise and reporting. When we do this, we are generous to perspectives that we don’t agree with.
  7. We treat identity as central to our work. Identity-related topics touch every part of our culture and society, and should be addressed as such. Talking to a diverse array of sources and understanding a variety of perspectives is essential in delivering the right information.

How to support Vox

Our audience is at the heart of what we do and a crucial part of making Vox, well, Vox. You can support our mission in many ways, from talking about our work with your friends and family to sharing your personal expertise with our reporters.

Like most news outlets, we have many revenue streams. That ensures we can produce ambitious journalism at a scale that the news necessitates and keep it free — no matter what the advertising market, which goes up and down with the economy, is doing.

  • Vox Contributions: Vox readers make financial gifts to help keep our work paywall-free, and get alerts about opportunities to become more involved in our journalism and connect with our staff. Learn more about the program here.
  • Grants: Vox Media and its editorial networks occasionally partner with grant funders who support our editorial initiatives. If you’re interested in funding our work or exploring a partnership, contact our Senior Director of Development Sarah Bishop Woods at Learn more about our grants here.
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Our newsrooms retain complete editorial independence in all instances, and our priorities and decisions are insulated from fundraising and commercial considerations. You can read more about our ethics and guidelines here.

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