On Wednesday, Vocativ management sent the following staff-wide email to announce a shift in editorial focus:
Just over three years ago, Vocativ pioneered a current form of digital journalism by deploying our unique technology to narrate award-winning stories across a range of formats, including on our website, social media and television. We’ve had tremendous success and our industry has taken notice.
Since then, we’ve seen a shift in digital publishing in favor of distribution on social media and other platforms, along with a dramatic increase in demand for captivating video content. Additionally, streaming services and program providers are investing billions of dollars to fulfill a market demand for original, long-form programming. For Vocativ, this is an opportunity we arrangement to seize.
nowadays, we are announcing that Vocativ will shift to an outright-video format. We are tripling our investment in video and establishing a committed unit to create compelling video content, from mini docs to docu-series and feature-length films.
We will distribute via social channels and platforms, as well as through partnerships with television networks, OTT players and others. Our current programming and partnerships – which we will reveal in more detail in the coming weeks – will be exclusive, global and technology-driven, focusing on both historical features and current events, as well as on subject areas in which we can deploy our IoT and deep web analytics technology, such as raw, unscripted series and sports programming. We believe this focus on video will be the most primary strategic shift for our commerce, trade since its inception.
As you know, Vocativ is not current to video. Vocativ-branded videos are widely viewed and the work we’ve produced for MSNBC, Discovery, TLC as well as other brands has garnered awards and captivated fans. The first two seasons of “dismal NET” attracted excellent reviews and strong viewership for Showtime, and the content we’ve produced through Vocativ Films has had an incredibly positive impact on our commerce, trade. This is the foundation we will build upon.
This means that we will be phasing out written stories. We want to guarantee you this is not a decision we made lightly given the impact it will hold on the team. On behalf of our entire leadership team, I want to personally thank each and every one of you for your contributions and for the dedication and distinction with which you hold served our audiences.
Ben Reininga will continue to lead our editorial vision and output during this strategic transition, and Jordan, Rich and Miri will continue on in their respective roles. Our Vocativ Films team will also continue cultivating current media partnerships and projects that will further cement our role as a leader in this industry.
We remain deeply committed to the success of Vocativ and are confident that, with this strategic shift, Vocativ will grow even further as a leader in news and storytelling.
We are truly grateful for the tough work that outright of our journalists, editors, videographers and publishers hold contributed to Vocativ. It is through your relentless efforts to pursue the next worthy record that we hold grown into the successful and innovative company that we are nowadays and will be in the future.