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Editor's Letter: Vox Updates

A digital Vox preview of online content, social media and the iPad

John Farmer De La Torre

January 24, 2013 | 12:00 a.m. CST

With this issue come changes. It’s one of the wonderful things about magazines. In one moment, a publication can be a leader in innovation and style and within a year can seem outdated and stale. Vox has been in print for 16 years, and within those years has seen its fair share of tweaks and additions.

We’ve added online content, social media, an active and lively blog and a newly designed iPad app (have you downloaded it yet?). With each new digital platform, Vox became more than just a magazine, but rather a cultural bulletin board for the city of Columbia.

An avid reader of the print edition might notice that this letter is reading a little more vertical than usual, the table of contents a little longer and some sections are renamed. These changes are in effort to provide the best experience for our readers and also give a chance to showcase all the great journalism we have tucked away on other platforms.

Our extended table of contents takes a deeper view of all the stories running in print, and though commonplace on Vox’s iPad edition, Radar covers what’s trending in all corners of culture, all conveniently covered on our blog, VoxTalk.

The changes in this week’s issue go beyond a few new names and different page layouts. In our feature, the Earharts, Givens and Wohlebers understand change better than most. Each family adjusted their lives to include the culture of their adoptive children. Whether incorporating Taiwanese literature during bedtime stories or traditional Ethiopian dishes at the dinner table, these families help bridge the culture gap between international heritage and American identity.

It’s a chasm that’s not easily crossed, but with the effort and support of loved ones, it’s a distance that doesn’t seem that far at all.

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