Less than six months after laying off influential film critic J. Hoberman, The Village Voice has also lost its film editor, Allison Benedikt. Ms. Benedikt will run Slate’s women’s vertical, Double X, filling the post vacated by Jessica Grose when she jumped to New York‘s Vulture blog earlier this year.
Editor Tony Ortega did not immediately respond to The Observer‘s request for comment about Ms. Benedikt’s replacement.
In other Village Voice news, Republican New York Congressman Bob Turner will hold a press conference outside the alt-weekly’s office later today, asking Voice parent company Village Voice Media to remove the adult services section from its lucrative online classifieds site, Backpage.com. The site’s use as a hub for underage prostitution has been criticized by politicians, human rights activists, religious groups and journalists Nicholas Kristof and Anderson Cooper, causing dozens of advertisers, including Starbucks, MillerCoors, AT&T, and US Bank to boycott the paper.