Vox Media Moves to WordPress and Ditches Their Chorus CMS

WordPress has seen off another competitor. The Chorus CMS is being shut down.

Vox Media had developed Chorus for its own websites. Vox owns a ton of news and culture properties including Vox, New York Magazine, The Verge, The Cut, Eater, and Vulture.

As Chorus grew, Vox also tried to attract external publishers onto the platform. Chorus became a rival to WordPress.

However, Vox has struggled in recent years and is going to re-focus on selling advertising and subscriptions. Back in December, Vox stopped selling Chorus. Now, Axios breaks the news that Vox will retire Chorus and move their own sites to WordPress VIP.

The whole Axios article reads like a sponsored ad for WordPress. Here are some of the quotes:

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Almost All Maine Newspapers Sold to New Nonprofit Group

A few weeks ago, I wrote that something new is growing in US journalism. It’s still fragile, and hard to define, but I stand by this quote:

I think we’ll look back on 2020 to 2022 as the start of a new journalism movement in the USA.

This week provided more evidence. A nonprofit trust purchased almost all the leading newspapers and many smaller newspapers in the state of Maine.

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Word in Black is Powered by WordPress and History

I share a lot of details about start-ups here at KinshiPress, but here’s a very different angle on WordPress publishing.

The Center for Cooperative Media does a lot of work to support publishers and they have just published an interview with Andrew Ramsammy about “Word in Black”.

Word in Black is a collaborative effort between 10 Black publishers that share a strong and historic legacy. Several of these publishers are over 100 years old!

Here are the Word in Black group members. Almost all of them rely on WordPress.

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The Institute for Nonprofit News and their WordPress Work

One of the reasons I started KinshiPress is I believe there’s an emerging ecosystem of exciting publishing start-ups.

Many of these publishers started around 2020, are non-profit or owned by the journalists, and almost all use WordPress.

A new ecosystem must have supporting organizations, and for these emerging publishers, few are more supportive than INN (Institute for Nonprofit News).

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