Vice News

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Not to be confused with Vice News Tonight.
Vice News
Launched 2013 (2013)
Owned by Vice Media
Picture format 1080p HD (depends on connection)
Slogan created by and for a connected generation
Country United States
Language English
Headquarters New York City
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 (stylised 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.


In 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.[2] Vice News has primarily targeted a younger audience comprised predominantly of millennials, the same audience to which its parent company appeals.[3]

On May 24, 2016, a change in leadership at Vice News resulted in the laying off of some 20 editorial and production staff members.[4]


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.[5]

On 17 September 2014, Vice News launched a mobile phone app for iOS.[6] In November 2014, Vice News launched its French-language version.[7][8]

In October 2015 Vice hired Josh Tyrangiel to run a daily Vice News show for HBO.[9] Tyrangiel had recently left Bloomberg, where he was reported to be “a divisive figure who was both admired and despised during his six years there.”[10]

The following May, 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.[4] In an interview given the previous week, Vice Media founder Shane Smith called Tyrangiel “a murderer,” foretelling a “bloodbath” in digital media.[11]

In June, Tyrangiel touted various new hires he had brought aboard as part of his team.[12]


Vice News had more than 100 members of its reporting and editorial staff in 35 bureaus around the world including New York City, Toronto, London, Berlin, Mexico City, São Paulo, Los Angeles, Istanbul, Moscow, Beijing, and Kabul.[13][14] 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.[15][16] In 2015 two journalists and their translator were arrested in Turkey. The two journalists were released.

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.[17]

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 nearly 2 million subscribers as well as more than 445 million views in total.[19] and in August 2014, was described by The Guardian as one of the fastest growing channels on YouTube.[20]

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.”[21]

Rick Edmonds, media and business analyst at the Poynter Institute, critiques that Vice News’ reportings are “raw and tasteless sometimes, on topics where traditional news media look to provide balance, Vice often offers journalism akin to personal essays.” Other critiques mention that their work is more affiliated with entertainment rather than hard-hitting news.

Editor of the New York-based Foreign Policy Association Robert Nolan, stated that Vice’s North Korea reporting was “more ‘Jackass’ than journalism,” (referring to the Jackass TV series), in a 2013 opinion piece for U.S. News and World Report.[21][22]


  1. "About Us". Vice News. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
  2. Bercovici, Jeff (March 4, 2014). "Vice News Launches, Promising 'Changing Of The Guard In Media'". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  3. Byers, Dylan (February 26, 2014). "Vice News, where video works". Politico. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  4. 1 2 Quinn, Ben; Jackson, Jasper (May 24, 2016). "Vice Media lays off 20 staff in restructuring plans". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  5. Dumenco, Simon (March 4, 2014). "Vice News Is Seriously Very Serious (SRSLY)". Advertising Age. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  6. Staff (September 17, 2014). "VICE News Launches New Mobile App". Vice News. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  7. Mosbergen, Dominique (October 17, 2014). "Vice News To Expand Globally". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  8. Sweney, Mark (October 17, 2014). "Vice Media expands news channel to seven new countries". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  9. Atkinson, Claire (October 14, 2015). "Tyrangiel officially joins Vice to head up HBO show". New York Post. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  10. Grove, Lloyd (October 2, 2015). "Why Bloomberg's Top Editor Quit—and Why It Shows Mike Bloomberg Is Back in Charge". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  11. Valinsky, Jordan (May 20, 2016). "Vice's Shane Smith: 'Expect a bloodbath' in media within the next year - Digiday". Digiday. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  12. Spangler, Todd (June 1, 2016). "Vice News Touts New Hires in Staff Reshuffle Under Josh Tyrangiel". Variety. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  13. Ellis, Justin (January 7, 2014). "Vice News wants to take documentary-style storytelling to hot spots around the globe". NiemanLab. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  14. VICE (2014-01-08), A First Look at VICE News with Shane Smith, retrieved 2016-08-01
  15. Elgot, Jessica (April 22, 2014). "Vice Reporter 'Kidnapped' In Ukraine". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  16. Calderone, Michael (April 24, 2014). "Vice Correspondent Released In Ukraine". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  17. Launder, William (November 12, 2013). "Vice Media Bulks Up News Division". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  18. "VICE on City". CityTV. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  19. "VICE News" YouTube. Accessed 24 September 2016
  20. Sweney, Mark (August 23, 2014). "Vice News sparks debate on engaging younger viewers". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  21. 1 2 Goldner, Tracey (September 25, 2014). "Vice News thrives with young audience, controversy - Global Journalist". Global Journalist. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  22. Swaine, Jon (March 2, 2014). "Vice's Shane Smith: 'Young people are angry and leaving TV in droves'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
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