Film critic J. Hoberman will become the video columnist at The New York Times, the newspaper announced in a short item in yesterday’s Arts & Leisure section.
Tom Finkel has been named the new editor of The Village Voice, the alt-weekly announced this morning. Mr. Finkel, who will replace Will Bourne, who quit the paper in early May rather than lay off staffers, comes to the beleaguered downtown paper from Voice parent company Voice Media Group’s Riverfront Times in St. Louis.
“Tom understands our media business at a high level,” Voice Media Group executive editor Christine Brennan said in the announcement. “He has been one of our most progressive editors in balancing print and web journalism. I know I can entrust the Voice to him, and that he’ll do great work there.”
The Village Voice is going through the latest in a series of rough times–in the past two weeks, following the resignation of their top two editors, the downtown alt-weekly laid off some of their most beloved writers. Today, two more writers resigned. But the fact that it might not seem like the most stable of places to work hasn’t deterred what we can only assume are young writers from sending in their applications.
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Dec. 11, 1995.
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The Village Voice‘s editor in chief Will Bourne and deputy editor Jessica Lustig met with staff late this morning to announce they are leaving the paper rather than lay off any more of their already skeletal staff, The New York Times reported.
Voice Media Group executive editor Christine Brennan had told Mr. Bourne and Ms. Lustig that they would have to eliminate or drastically reduce five of the 20 postions at the paper.
Village Voice Media is undergoing a makeover after some corporate maneuvering over the weekend. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the current owners of the alt-weekly newspaper chain, are selling it to the company’s current management. What basically amounts to a restructuring of the beleaguered company means that the newspapers are separating from Backpage.com, the controversial classified site that has been tied to sex trafficking and prostitution.
Are you an editor in chief in need of a publication? Well, The Village Voice is hiring.
The Voice needs to replace Tony Ortega, who jumped ship/got pushed out of the alt weekly last week and is now focusing on Scientology-related pursuits. The ad for the position (below) was posted today on JournalismJobs.com.
Two writers are having some crazy Twitter back-and-forth that is ostensibly interesting for its relatively flamboyant qualities, but doesn’t seem particularly worth understanding. On the other hand, there’s very little else happening today. In your Wednesday Evening Media Briefs, we will do our best to avoid covering it:
Layoffs are hitting the editorial staff at The Village Voice today, and they’re hitting some of the most widely-read staff writers in the office. The Observer has heard from multiple sources familiar with the situation that the bad news is beginning to spread around the office, and that the following people are out at the Voice:
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.