Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ezra is hiring

"Project X (working title) is a user's guide to the news produced by the beat reporters and subject area experts who know it best.

We'll have regular coverage of everything from tax policy to True Detective, but instead of letting that reporting gather dust in an archive, we'll use it to build and continuously update a comprehensive set of explainers of the topics we cover. We want to create the single best resources for news consumers anywhere.

We'll need writers who are obsessively knowledgeable about their subjects to do that reporting and write those explainers -- as well as ambitious feature pieces. We'll need D3 hackers and other data viz geniuses who can explain the news in ways words can't. We'll need video producers who can make a two-minute cartoon that summarizes the Volcker rule perfectly. We'll need coders and designers who can build the world's first hybrid news site/encyclopedia. And we'll need people who want to join Vox's great creative team because they believe in making ads so beautiful that our readers actually come back for them too. 

Sound like you? Then apply now.

Job location: Vox Headquarters, Washington, DC. "

Ezra Klein has signed with Vox Media. Based on the negotiations with the Washington Post, which did not pan out, it is speculated that he "plans to hire at least three-dozen editorial staffers at the new venture."

18 comments:

Calypso Facto said...

"writers who are obsessively knowledgeable about their subjects"

Where do Klein and (especially) Yglesias fit in then? Or maybe this proves they're at least smart enough to try to hire to cover their own shortcomings ...

edutcher said...

"a user's guide"?

You mean the kind that are now legal in CO?

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

I thought this might be a job opportunity for Sponge Bob Crack Head, but the salary would have to be very, very high to entice so talented a man away from the immense satisfactions that must derive from typing out first-rate insights such as "Beetoven HAD To Be Black (Because Whites Know Zip)."

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

BTW, I'm not going to make fun of the misspelling because I assume it's proper Ebonics.

Icepick said...

Zzzzzzz..... [snort] [sits up in astonishment] What, huh?

Oh, never mind.

[rolls over, goes back to sleep]

Icepick said...

"Beetoven HAD To Be Black (Because Whites Know Zip)."

Well, we know how to spell Beethoven, so we got that going for us....

YoungHegelian said...

We'll need writers who are obsessively knowledgeable about their subjects to do that reporting and write those explainers --

The world is full of people who are obsessively knowledgeable about their subjects. It's not full of people who can 1) translate that knowledge into simpler prose for the educated layman or 2) see any gain to be had from attempting to simplify their complex field of expertise for the "common rabble".

As much as I don't like the media, to deny that there's not a lot of "guild skill" in just being a general-purpose reporter seems like the JBM being obtuse. You just can't pull in an expert on e.g. Sino-Russian affairs and turn him into a reporter overnight. Besides, if such an expert wants to publish, he has all sorts of specialized foreign policy journals that'll publish his work, journals that his peers who might hire him will actually read.

Rabel said...

Will it have boobies? I might click it if it has boobies.

If not, I'll just stay with Wikipedia.

Icepick said...

Will it have boobies?

Boobs, anyway.

sakredkow said...

BTW, I'm not going to make fun of the misspelling because I assume it's proper Ebonics.

Negroes, huh?

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

Yeah, I know . . . can't live with 'em, can't enslave 'em.

Trooper York said...

You shouldn't pick on poor old Crack. He has lost it and had sunken into the Slough of Despond. Only lesser Demons and Goblins visit him to enable his insanity and taunt him into further journeys on to the edge of madness.

It is very sad.

Bleach Drinkers Curing Coronavirus Together said...

Well, whether the description's his or was made by the parent company, it sounds like a terrific project.

deborah said...

It is sad about Crack. I wish people would stop with the barbs. People he considers friends like Meade and Freeman should, and probably are, minister to him.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

It's your thread, and I apologize, deborah.

I make no promise that I'll never do it again, but I do promise that I'll try my level best to do a better job at suppressing the urge to do it again.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

I'm fucking human, after all, as are we all.

deborah said...

Thanks, Bat. I don't want to be the blog scold. People should say what they want, but I wanted to put that out as food for thought.

Trooper York said...

Debbie you couldn't be more wrong. But it is what it is.