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Sahil Patel, for Digiday
Heading into the 2020 election, Vice News has hired seven new people to its digital news operation, including Kate Osborn as head of audio for Vice News and the publisher’s digital team, and Cameron Joseph as senior politics reporter, according to a memo to staff sent by Ryan McCarthy, editor-in-chief of ViceNews.com. Vice News is still looking to fill two new positions on its politics beat, including a position for senior politics editor, as the newsroom ramps up for 2020 election coverage, McCarthy said in the memo.
Vice, which recently relaunched all of its web verticals under the Vice.com umbrella, is continuing to make moves to survive in an increasingly unkind digital environment. Building around what is most likely going to be a massive election cycle is a smart move; remember that Buzzfeed News orginally made a name for itself through aggressive reporting in the 2012 cycle.
Still, I think something unsaid in this article is that Vice News is in a pretty tenuous situation currently. It’s still reeling from the cancellation of its weekly newsmagazine on HBO and we haven't heard anything about that near-finalized Hulu show. Plus, if you look at HBO’s “We Still Got Shows After Game of Thrones” sizzle reels that have been airing in front of everything on HBO Go, none of them mention Vice News Tonight, which is facing a renewal decision this year. (More bad signs: the second season of Axios is shown on some of the previews, and Vice News Tonight’s original champion is now gone from HBO.)