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Vice News
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LaunchedDecember 2013;5 years ago (2013-12)
Owned by Vice Media
Picture format1080p HD (depends on connection)
Slogancreated by and for a connected generation
CountryUnited States, Canada
Headquarters New York City, New York, U.S.
Sister channel(s)Television
Viceland Canada
Vice Films
Vice Magazine
Streaming media
YouTube Vice News
Vice and Vice News apps Android and iOS

Vice News (stylized as VICE News) is Vice Media, Inc.'s current affairs channel, producing daily documentary essays and video through its website and YouTube channel. It promotes itself on its coverage of "under-reported stories". [1] Vice News was created in December 2013 and is based in New York City, though it has bureaus worldwide.

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Before Vice News was founded, Vice published news documentaries and news reports from around the world through its YouTube channel alongside other programs. Vice had reported on events such as crime in Venezuela, the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, protests in Turkey, the North Korean regime, and the Syrian Civil War through their own YouTube channel and website. After the creation of Vice News as a separate division, its reporting greatly increased with worldwide coverage starting immediately with videos published on YouTube and articles on its website daily. [2]

<i>Vice</i> (magazine) magazine focused on international arts & culture

Vice is a Canadian-American print magazine focused on arts, culture, and news topics. Founded in 1994 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the magazine's founders later launched Vice Media, which consists of divisions including the magazine as well as a website, broadcast news unit, a film production company, a record label, and a publishing imprint. As of February 2018, the magazine's editor-in-chief is Ellis Jones.

Crime in Venezuela is widespread, with violent crimes such as murder and kidnapping increasing annually. The United Nations has attributed crime to the poor political and economic environment in the country, which has the second highest murder rate in the world.

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December 2013, Vice Media expanded its international news division into an independent division dedicated to news exclusively and created Vice News. Vice Media put $50 million into its news division, setting up 34 bureaus worldwide and drawing praise for its in-depth coverage of international news. [3] Vice News has primarily targeted a younger audience comprised predominantly of millennials, the same audience to which its parent company appeals. [4]

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In November 2014, Vice News launched its French-language version. [5] [6]

In October 2015 Vice hired Josh Tyrangiel to run a daily Vice News show for HBO. [7] Tyrangiel had recently left Bloomberg Businessweek , where he was reported to be “a divisive figure who was both admired and despised during his six years there.” [8] Tyrangiel named Ryan McCarthy, formerly an assistant editor of The New York Times , as editor-in-chief of Vice News. [9]

Josh Tyrangiel is an American journalist. He was previously the deputy managing editor of TIME magazine and an editor at Bloomberg Businessweek.

<i>Bloomberg Businessweek</i> American weekly business magazine based in New York City

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<i>The New York Times</i> Daily broadsheet newspaper based in New York City

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In May 2016, it was announced that Tyrangiel had also been given control of the weekly Vice on HBO show as well as Vice News. As the announcement was made, Tyrangiel promptly laid off much of the news staff. [10] In an interview given the previous week, Vice Media founder Shane Smith called Tyrangiel “a murderer,” foretelling a “bloodbath” in digital media. [11]

On May 24, 2016, a change in leadership at Vice News resulted in the laying off of some 20 editorial and production staff members. [10] That June, Tyrangiel touted various new hires he had brought aboard as part of his team. [12]

In December 2016, it was announced that Vice News had entered into a partnership with The Guardian newspaper that will include Guardian journalists working at Vice's offices in East London and contributing to the two HBO television programs currently on the air. It will also include allowing The Guardian access to Vice's video production skills with content distributed to its millennial-skewed global audience. [13]


Vice News had more than 100 members of its reporting and editorial staff in 35 bureaux around the world including New York City, Toronto, London, Berlin, Mexico City, São Paulo, Los Angeles, Istanbul, Moscow, Beijing, and Kabul. [14] [15] On April 21, 2014, while covering the conflict in Ukraine, Simon Ostrovsky, a Vice News reporter was kidnapped by pro-Russian militia and held for three days until being released in Sloviansk. [16] [17]

Programming and content

Since its creation, Vice News has covered emerging events and widespread issues around the world. Every day it publishes a daily news capsule called "News Beyond the Headlines" where it briefly covers four daily stories which did not receive much coverage by other mainstream news outlets but it still considers important. It also publishes daily articles on its website on a variety of world current events, along with maintaining a Vice News Wire where it displays wire reports from around the world. [18]

It has several prominent past and ongoing documentary series including: Russian military intervention in Ukraine; civil war in Iraq; the Israeli–Palestinian conflict; the Western Sahara conflict; the struggles of Afghan interpreters working for the US military in acquiring visas; the prison crisis in the US at Salinas Valley State Prison; protests against the world cup in Brazil; Venezuelan anti-government protests; expansion of the Islamic State; protests in Ferguson, Missouri; the Syrian Civil War; the militarization of America's police forces and Central American refugees fleeing street gangs borne in American prisons to cross the American border; Global Warming and the evidence of the melting of Antarctica's glaciers; and the build-up of military forces of Russia with Scandinavians assisted by the American military.

Television series


The Vice News YouTube page has 3.3 million subscribers as well as more than 1.5 billion views in total. [20] and in August 2014, was described by The Guardian as one of the fastest growing channels on YouTube. [21]

Lara Pendergast, deputy online editor at the UK magazine The Spectator argues that Vice News gets its strength and popularity by getting younger audiences to become more and more interested about international news in a way that traditional media has not. "Its videos may fail every rule in the BBC impartiality book, but they are brilliantly edited and, often, utterly compelling. Vice News has found young, fearless foreign correspondents to serve a youthful audience who are bored stiff by traditional outlets but are quite prepared to watch videos on their mobile phones."

"Vice's brand image marketing as an edgy, hip outlet have helped drive its popularity with young people", says media critic Charles Johnson. "Mainstream media is not trusted by a lot of people, and rightly so, so they [Vice] step in and fill in", he says. "People see a sense of fun behind it. Jon Stewart is very popular, but he's an entertainer. Vice is something similar." [22]

Rick Edmonds, media and business analyst at the Poynter Institute, critiques Vice News’ reporting as "raw and tasteless sometimes" and more akin to personal essays than balanced journalism. Other critiques mention that its work is more affiliated with entertainment than hard-hitting news. [23]

In a 2013 opinion piece for U.S. News and World Report , editor of the New York-based Foreign Policy Association Robert Nolan, stated that Vice's North Korea reporting was "more Jackass TV series than journalism". [22] [24]


Vice News won Peabody Awards for two documentary programs, The Islamic State and Last Chance High. [25]

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