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Vocativ Brings Data-Mining Technology to the News Business

Mati Kochavi attends a press conference on June 13, 2010 in Beijing
Mati Kochavi attends a press conference on June 13, 2010 in BeijingPhotograph by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images

There’s another company jumping into the crowded field of New York City-based online news startups. Vocativ, with a website in beta for more than year, describes itself “a media startup built for—and by—the Crowd. We’re currently hard at work building a series of extraordinary technologies and ideas.”

The site has a serious, international focus and is attracting some high-profile contributors. Vanity Fair writer and former New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald recently authored an article attempting to debunk concerns about the NSA’s intrusive data-collection programs. Other stories in the past week have addressed the scourge of child brides in Turkey, the effects of a U.S. strike on Syrian refugees, and how the chemical-weapon attacks in Syria overwhelmed local doctors. Vocativ’s Manhattan offices, on Seventh Avenue near Penn Station, include a fully equipped digital television studio—a sign of the startup’s broad ambitions. Videos from the company include a look at the Tower of David, a notorious slum in Venezuela.