Published: Wed, August 23, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Village Voice to end print publication

Village Voice to end print publication

The Voice was co-founded in 1955 by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer, who came up with the title, and his friends Daniel Wolf and Edwin Fancher in New York's Greenwich Village.

The Voice was founded by Norman Mailer, Ed Fancher, Dan Wolf, and John Wilcock, and is known for its definitive coverage of NY counterculture and entertainment.

The newspaper business has moved online, Barbey noted, and so has The Voice's audience, "which expects us to do what we do not just once a week, but every day, across a range of media", he wrote.

"This decision will allow us to move forward more freely in our pursuit of all of those avenues so that The Village Voice brand is not just once again viable but vital".

It became a free publication in 1996 in an effort to boost circulation.

The Village Voice, for 62 years the poster child of American alternative journalism, is set to end its print edition.

Over the years, the Voice has been home to some of America's premiere music writing and rock critics, including Robert Christgau, Nat Hentoff, Chuck Eddy, Sasha Frere-Jones and countless others. "Clearly a lot has changed since then".

"The Village Voice is weighing a number of scenarios with a firm timeline to be released in due time", a spokesperson said.

VIllage Voice April 26-May 2 cover.

In its time the paper has published investigations into both New York City and national politics, as well as reporting on arts, culture, music, dance, film and theatre, and supporting gay rights. The paper launched the careers of several progressive American writers, including PAPER'S own weekly columnist Michael Musto, who joined the Voice as a highly influential columnist in 1984, covering the LGBTQ scene, NY nightlife, and criticizing homophobia, especially in regards to the AIDS crisis. "My family has been in the newspaper business for more than 200 years".

The impulse to bemoan the print demise of one of journalism's icons is tempting and most likely warranted, but Barbey argued that it was necessary. "But the most powerful thing about the Voice wasn't that it was printed on newsprint or that it came out every week".

The Village Voice, like most historically print-focused publications, has struggled with the shift to less-remunerative digital advertising.

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