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Editor's letter: The end of 2013

Liz Pierson

December 19, 2013 | 12:00 a.m. CST

The end of 2013 marks the end to my first full year at Vox. We joke that Vox time operates in something akin to dog years — one year here is really like seven. Thinking back to my first day, I can verify that.

In 2013, we published amazing stories and expanded the brand into new territory. This whole issue is a retrospective of a year lived worldwide. But before we get to all that, I want to reflect on a year in the life of Vox.

In January, we introduced Radar to print so readers could get a sampling of our blog content. Soon after, we added the Taste section, which highlights three restaurants a week, to our iPad app. Speaking of the iPad, March brought the spectacle that was an animated digital cover (March 7).

Wind back a few weeks to Feb. 28. We published our biggest issue of the year — a theme issue celebrating a decade of True/False Film Fest.

We also started Vox Sessions this year. These multimedia exclusives feature bands, at least a dozen so far, playing short sets in our office that we post on our YouTube channel.

We published two photo stories, Route 66 (March 21) and Harrisburg football (Nov. 21), shot by College Photographer of the Year award winners, which turned out to be two of my favorite issues. In September, we won a Missouri Press Association award for best news or feature stories for our Against the Odds package (Dec. 6, 2012).

Aside from the semesterly staff transitions at Vox, our masthead had one prominent change this year. In August, we welcomed a new editorial director. In just a few months, she’s given Vox a jolt of new energy and ideas.

Stopping to look back on the past 50 or so weeks, it was another great year for us. And knowing the plans we have up our sleeve, 2014 is sure to be even better.

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