At the third annual WAN-IFRA North American Digital Media Awards, Chorus was honored as the “Best Digital News Start-Up.” The prestigious event showcases the most exciting innovations in digital publishing and Chorus was recognized for developing “a comprehensive and well-thought out product.” Powering more than 350 sites, Chorus is Vox Media’s industry-leading publishing platform for modern media businesses operating at scale. Chorus has also been named a finalist for Best Use of Technology by the Digiday Publishing Awards — to be announced later this year.
After successfully growing and monetizing its many networks (SBNation, Vox, Eater, Recode, The Verge, Curbed, Polygon) through Chorus, Vox Media opened its all-in-one publishing, audience, and revenue platform to publishers just one year ago. Since then, Chorus has launched legacy newspapers such as the Chicago Sun-Times, entertainment brands such as Funny or Die and other modern media brands, including The Ringer. In the coming months, other publishers will be launching on the platform this summer and fall.
The industry recognition comes as Vox Media announces a series of promotions across the Chorus product, business development and design teams, furthering its commitment to building the future of publishing. In the last year, the team has grown to more than 150 full-time employees and will continue to increase investment in the core platform, growing the team by 50% by the end of 2019.
Over the past five years, Mandy Brown has been instrumental in evolving Chorus to help scale Vox Media’s diverse editorial networks. She will take on the new title of VP of Product, Chorus, where she will continue to set direction for the Chorus platform to meet publishers’ evolving needs, including launching new features that will empower publishers to extend and customize Chorus in the coming year.
Katrina Barlow, who joined Vox Media as Senior Director of Emerging Business & Partnerships, has been promoted to Chorus’s first-ever VP of Business Development, where she will continue to take the lead in working with new customers, while also guiding strategic planning and influencing overall product direction, ensuring the success of our publishers on Chorus.
Megan Walton, newly appointed VP of Product, Revenue has led the product strategy behind Concert, Vox Media’s premium ad marketplace, as well as the company’s commerce, display media and programmatic lines of business for the past 5 years. In her elevated role, she’ll be working to expand upon Vox Media’s established advertising expertise and infrastructure to Chorus publishers.