Ag & Water Desk is a WordPress-Powered Publisher with a Great Mission, and Explainer Video

Many recent local journalism stories can be hard to follow. There are often a lot of organizations involved with confusing names and purposes. That is true in this story about “Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk” also known as “AGWaterDesk”.

Ag & Water Desk (as we’ll call them for short) has just received $2.5 million grant to expand their mission. That story includes Report for America, Missouri School of Journalism, the Society of Environmental Journalists, Walton Family Foundation, and dozens of media outlets.

Fortunately Ag & Water Desk have a great explainer video that outlines what they do and how they’ll spend that grant:

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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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