Q: What is Vocativ?
A: Vocativ tells original, compelling stories, drawing on its first-rate writing and reporting staff while using proprietary software to uncover trends, news leads and sources from the deep web and social networks.
Q: What’s this deep web of which you speak?
A: The deep web is the part of the Internet that mainstream search engines do not see—or do not make immediately visible to the searcher because of how they prioritize results. You can read more about it here.
Q: So how does searching the deep web change how you pursue the news?
A: Our newsroom is an unconventional operation. We combine a more traditional editorial staff of writers, reporters and editors with a team of analysts who are trained in OSINT and speak several languages and dialects.
Q: You used an acronym, OSINT. What does that mean?
A: OSINT stands for open-source intelligence. It’s a methodology for gathering information that is freely available on the deep web, but not easily discoverable by people who are not trained in the technique.
Q: How big is your staff?
A: Right now we’re over 50 people strong, and growing. We come from an array of pure-play digital and traditional media sources, both text and video. We’re learning a lot about creating a next-generation news operation. And we’re having fun.
Q: So are you hiring?
A: We’re always interested in meeting people who share our vision for great storytelling, data-driven news and new technology applied to newsgathering. Please email us directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: I’m a freelancer, and I think I’ve got a great piece for you guys. How do I reach out with my pitch?
A: We publish freelancers all the time. If you think your story is a good fit, you can email: email@example.com
Q: I’m not a freelancer, but I have some pretty strong opinions about a story you wrote. In fact, I think I’ve got some firsthand experience.
A: That’s music to our ears. We regularly publish what we call My POV pieces. Sometimes they’re updates to stories we’ve already published. Sometimes they become their own items. You can reach out to our community team with your idea for a POV: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I’ve got a new tip to share with you. How can I do this anonymously?
A: You can submit anonymous news tips by emailing email@example.com.
Q: How ambitious is your video operation?
A: Very. We have our own virtual studio in the office (that is, a green-screen studio we can transform into any digital environment). We also produce tape content around the world, drawing on an impressive team of producers, video editors and reporters. At Vocativ, we believe that crafted, well-produced video is an essential part of a digital news operation, and it’s at the core of what we do.
Q: So where’s the money coming from?
A: We are privately funded, which gives us room to be ambitious and grow without having to compromise our quality. Our founder is Mati Kochavi, a global entrepreneur.
Q: Does he call any shots when it comes to editorial content?
A: No. We maintain a firewall between our founder and the daily editorial operation.
Q: I’m interested in partnering with Vocativ. Who can I contact about that?
A: We’re definitely open to partnerships with companies and groups that fit with our mission. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: I’m a reporter. I want to do a piece about Vocativ.
A: Great. Please contact us email@example.com for all press enquiries.
Q: How do I sign up for the Vocativ community?
A: In order to sign up, click on the profile icon in the main menu area. If you’ve connected with us in the past, use the account information or social account you used before. If you’ve never connected before, sign up from the empty profile and fill in the information there.
Q: I filled in my profile, but I want to change my profile picture. How do I do that?
A: Go to your profile from the main menu area. Click on your profile image. You will be prompted to upload a new image.
Q: I signed up for Vocativ using my email and password, but now I want to share a comment to a social network. How do I do that?
A: There are several ways to connect your Vocativ account to social networks like Facebook and Twitter. You can go to your profile from the main menu and connect your social accounts there. You can also connect as you comment by selecting a social network with which to share. As you share, you will be prompted to connect. If you’re still having trouble, let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: I am having what appear to be technical issues or problems using Vocativ.
A: Please email our support team, which will get back to you within 24 hours and help resolve the issue. It’s always a good idea to screenshot your issue (if it’s visible) and email the image with a short description of what’s wrong. You can contact our support team here: email@example.com