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Vox Media in the News: December Highlights

A celebratory Year in Review; Recode events break news; SB Nation awards the Piesman Trophy.

In December, Vox Media wrapped up a big year and a month full of exciting announcements, events, and news from across the company.


Vox Media celebrated 2016. We were thrilled to showcase our 2016 Year in Review, a celebration of the biggest moments from across the company — video, partnerships, diversity and culture initiatives, events and conferences — all eight brands, Vox Creative and Vox Advertising, Concert, and Vox Product.

We published Vox Media Values. Produced in collaboration with dozens of leaders from across Vox Media, Vox Media Values articulates our core values — those that define who we are as a company, what we look for in recruiting talent, and what we aim to foster and reward in our current employees.

Recode hosted An Evening with Code Media and Code Commerce. An Evening with Code Media brought industry leaders to New York City to explore the future of our media reality. Recode senior editor Peter Kafka took the stage with BuzzFeed UK editor in chief Janine Gibson, Turner Chairman and CEO John Martin, and Jim VandeHei, who exclusively revealed the details of his new media venture, Axios. The event and its news were featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Vanity Fair, The Hollywood Reporter, Politico, Fast Company, Poynter, and Nieman Lab, among other publications.

Recode’s Code Commerce, hosted by Recode’s Jason Del Rey and held in San Francisco, was the third edition of this series. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey discussed his feelings on the president-elect’s tweets and Wish CEO Peter Szulczewski revealed the perfect analogy for his e-commerce startup's silent success. The event was covered by USA Today, Forbes, Fox News, and International Business Times, among many other outlets.

SB Nation awarded the Piesman Trophy. In its second-annual event, SB Nation’s Piesman Awards honored the greatest out-of-the-ordinary play by a college linemen. In 2016, the Piesman Trophy went to Pitt’s Brian O’Neill in a ceremony at The Roxy Hotel in New York City. Hometown publications Pittsburgh Tribune and Post-Gazette interviewed O’Neill about the win (and noted that O’Neill actually doesn’t like pie).

Eater revealed the Best Restaurants in America. After a great year of dining, Eater’s roving restaurant critic Bill Addison published the annual list of 38 US restaurants that defined the year. The list gained attention across the country in support of hometown favorites -- from the Houston Chronicle, The Seattle Times, and LA Weekly, to the News & Observer and Boston.com.

DC Mayor Bowser dropped by. We welcomed DC Mayor Muriel Bowser for a special open house event at our newly expanded office in Washington, DC.

We thought (more) about the future of journalism. Nieman Lab asked some of our own to share predictions for the industry in 2017, a tricky task, but Vox Media VP, International Jonathan Hunt, The Verge’s engagement editor Helen Havlak, and Racked’s director of programming Annemarie Dooling rose to the challenge.

Curbed showed its prowess on Instagram Stories. Marketing Land interviewed Curbed engagement editor Mercedes Kraus about the brand’s use of Instagram Stories to showcase the Curbed’s Handbook and “The Curbed Appeal” podcast.

Our experts were on TV and radio. Each month, talented folks from across Vox Media take their expertise to TV and radio. Among them were Vox’s Liz Plank, who discussed the University of Minnesota football team's boycott with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle; SB Nation’s Jon Bois, who joined Slate’s sports podcast, Hang Up and Listen; Vox’s Sarah Kliff, who weighed in on the appointment of Rep. Tom Price on PBS Newshour and NPR’s Here & Now; Eater’s Amanda Kludt, who toured Bryant Park’s holiday market with ABC News digital’s “Power of Women”; and, Vox’s Ezra Klein, who discussed his career on The Tim Ferriss Show.