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This article is about the New York newspaper. The Village Voice_sentence_0

For the Ottawa Hills, Ohio magazine, see The Village Voice of Ottawa Hills. The Village Voice_sentence_1

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The Village VoiceThe Village Voice_table_caption_0
TypeThe Village Voice_header_cell_0_0_0 Alternative weeklyThe Village Voice_cell_0_0_1
FormatThe Village Voice_header_cell_0_1_0 TabloidThe Village Voice_cell_0_1_1
Founder(s)The Village Voice_header_cell_0_2_0 Ed Fancher

Dan Wolf John Wilcock Norman MailerThe Village Voice_cell_0_2_1

FoundedThe Village Voice_header_cell_0_3_0 Oct. 26, 1955The Village Voice_cell_0_3_1
Ceased publicationThe Village Voice_header_cell_0_4_0 Sep. 21, 2017The Village Voice_cell_0_4_1
HeadquartersThe Village Voice_header_cell_0_5_0 36 Cooper Square

New York, NY 10003

U.S.The Village Voice_cell_0_5_1
CirculationThe Village Voice_header_cell_0_6_0 120,000 (2016)The Village Voice_cell_0_6_1
ISSNThe Village Voice_header_cell_0_7_0 The Village Voice_cell_0_7_1
WebsiteThe Village Voice_header_cell_0_8_0 The Village Voice_cell_0_8_1

The Village Voice was an American news and culture paper, known for being the country's first alternative newsweekly. The Village Voice_sentence_2

Founded in 1955 by Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher, John Wilcock, and Norman Mailer, the Voice began as a platform for the creative community of New York City. The Village Voice_sentence_3

While it ceased publication in 2017 and stopped generating online content in 2018, its archives are still accessible online. The Village Voice_sentence_4

Over its 63 years of publication, The Village Voice received three Pulitzer Prizes, the National Press Foundation Award, and the George Polk Award. The Village Voice_sentence_5

The Village Voice hosted a variety of writers and artists, including writer Ezra Pound, cartoonist Lynda Barry, and film critics Andrew Sarris, Jonas Mekas and J. The Village Voice_sentence_6 Hoberman. The Village Voice_sentence_7

In October 2015, The Village Voice changed ownership and severed all ties with former parent company Voice Media Group (VMG). The Village Voice_sentence_8

The Voice announced on August 22, 2017, that it would cease publication of its print edition and convert to a fully digital venture, on a date to be announced. The Village Voice_sentence_9

The final printed edition, featuring a 1965 photo of Bob Dylan on the cover, was distributed on September 21, 2017. The Village Voice_sentence_10

After halting print publication in 2017, the Voice provided daily coverage through its website until August 31, 2018, when it announced it was ceasing production of new editorial content. The Village Voice_sentence_11

The Voice continues to have an active website, which features archival material related to current events. The Village Voice_sentence_12

History The Village Voice_section_0

Early history The Village Voice_section_1

The Village Voice was launched by Ed Fancher, Dan Wolf, and Norman Mailer on October 26, 1955, from a two-bedroom apartment in Greenwich Village; that was its initial coverage area, which expanded to other parts of the city by the 1960s. The Village Voice_sentence_13

In 1960, it moved from 22 Greenwich Avenue to 61 Christopher Street in a landmark triangular corner building adjoining Sheridan Square, and a few feet west of the Stonewall Inn; then, from the 1970s through 1980, at 11th Street and University Place; and then Broadway and 13th Street. The Village Voice_sentence_14

It moved to Cooper Square in the East Village in 1991, and in 2013, to the Financial District. The Village Voice_sentence_15

Early columnists of the 1950s and 1960s included Jonas Mekas, who explored the underground film movement in his "Film Journal" column; Linda Solomon, who reviewed the Village club scene in the "Riffs" column; and Sam Julty, who wrote a popular column on car ownership and maintenance. The Village Voice_sentence_16

John Wilcock wrote a column every week for the paper's first ten years. The Village Voice_sentence_17

Another regular from that period was the cartoonist Kin Platt, who did weekly theatrical caricatures. The Village Voice_sentence_18

Other prominent regulars have included Peter Schjeldahl, Ellen Willis, Jill Johnston, Tom Carson, and Richard Goldstein. The Village Voice_sentence_19

For more than 40 years, Wayne Barrett was the newspaper's muckraker, covering New York real estate developers and politicians, including Donald Trump. The Village Voice_sentence_20

The material continued to be a valuable resource for reporters covering the Trump presidency. The Village Voice_sentence_21

The Voice has published investigations of New York City politics, as well as reporting on national politics, with arts, culture, music, dance, film, and theater reviews. The Village Voice_sentence_22

Writers and cartoonists for the Voice have received three Pulitzer Prizes: in 1981 (Teresa Carpenter, for feature writing), 1986 (Jules Feiffer, for editorial cartooning) and 2000 (Mark Schoofs, for international reporting). The Village Voice_sentence_23

The paper has, almost since its inception, recognized alternative theater in New York through its Obie Awards. The Village Voice_sentence_24

The paper's "Pazz & Jop" music poll, started by Robert Christgau in the early 1970s, is released annually and remains an influential survey of the nation's music critics. The Village Voice_sentence_25

In 1999, film critic J. The Village Voice_sentence_26 Hoberman and film section editor Dennis Lim began a similar Village Voice Film Poll for the year in film. The Village Voice_sentence_27

In 2001, the Voice sponsored its first music festival, Siren Festival, a free annual event every summer held at Coney Island. The Village Voice_sentence_28

The event moved to the lower tip of Manhattan in 2011, and was re-christened the "4knots Music Festival", a reference to the speed of the East River's current. The Village Voice_sentence_29

During the 1980s and onward, the Voice was known for its staunch support for gay rights, and it published an annual Gay Pride issue every June. The Village Voice_sentence_30

However, early in its history, the newspaper had a reputation as having a homophobic slant. The Village Voice_sentence_31

While reporting on the Stonewall riots of 1969, the newspaper referred to the riots as "The Great Faggot Rebellion". The Village Voice_sentence_32

Two reporters, Howard Smith and Lucian Truscott IV, both used the words "faggot" and "dyke" in their articles about the riots. The Village Voice_sentence_33

(These words were not commonly used by homosexuals to refer to each other at this time.) The Village Voice_sentence_34

Smith and Truscott retrieved their press cards from the Voice offices, which were very close to the bar, as the trouble began; they were among the first journalists to record the event, Smith being trapped inside the bar with the police, and Truscott reporting from the street. The Village Voice_sentence_35

After the riot, the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) attempted to promote dances for gays and lesbians in the Voice, but were not allowed to use the words "gay" or "homosexual", which the newspaper considered derogatory. The Village Voice_sentence_36

The newspaper changed its policy after the GLF petitioned it to do so. The Village Voice_sentence_37

Over time, the Voice changed its stance, and, in 1982, became the second organization in the US known to have extended domestic partner benefits. The Village Voice_sentence_38

Jeff Weinstein, an employee of the paper and shop steward for the publishing local of District 65 UAW, negotiated and won agreement in the union contract to extend health, life insurance, and disability benefits to the "spouse equivalents" of its union members. The Village Voice_sentence_39

The Voice's competitors in New York City include New York Observer and Time Out New York. The Village Voice_sentence_40

Seventeen alternative weeklies around the United States are owned by the Voice's former parent company Village Voice Media. The Village Voice_sentence_41

The film section writers and editors also produced a weekly Voice Film Club podcast. The Village Voice_sentence_42

In 1996, after decades of carrying a cover price, the Voice switched from a paid weekly to a free, alternative weekly. The Village Voice_sentence_43

The Voice website was a recipient of the National Press Foundation’s Online Journalism Award in 2001 and the Editor & Publisher EPpy Award for Best Overall U.S. The Village Voice_sentence_44

Newspaper Online Service – Weekly, Community, Alternative & Free in 2003. The Village Voice_sentence_45

In 2005, the Phoenix alternative weekly chain New Times Media purchased the company and took the Village Voice Media name. The Village Voice_sentence_46

Previous owners of The Village Voice or of Village Voice Media have included co-founders Fancher and Wolf, New York City Councilman Carter Burden, New York Magazine founder Clay Felker, Rupert Murdoch, and Leonard Stern of the Hartz Mountain empire. The Village Voice_sentence_47

Acquisition by New Times Media The Village Voice_section_2

After The Village Voice was acquired by New Times Media in 2005, the publication's key personnel changed. The Village Voice_sentence_48

The Voice was then managed by two journalists from Phoenix, Arizona. The Village Voice_sentence_49

In April 2006, the Voice dismissed music editor Chuck Eddy. The Village Voice_sentence_50

Four months later, the newspaper sacked longtime music critic Robert Christgau. The Village Voice_sentence_51

In January 2007, the newspaper fired sex columnist and erotica author Rachel Kramer Bussel; long-term creative director Ted Keller, art director Minh Oung, fashion columnist Lynn Yaeger and Deputy Art Director LD Beghtol were laid off or fired soon afterward. The Village Voice_sentence_52

Editor in chief Donald Forst resigned in December 2005. The Village Voice_sentence_53

Doug Simmons, his replacement, was sacked in March 2006 after it was discovered that a reporter had fabricated portions of an article. The Village Voice_sentence_54

Simmons' successor, Erik Wemple, resigned after two weeks. The Village Voice_sentence_55

His replacement, David Blum, was fired in March 2007. The Village Voice_sentence_56

Tony Ortega then held the position of editor in chief from 2007 to 2012. The Village Voice_sentence_57

The sacking of Nat Hentoff, who worked for the paper from 1958 to 2008, led to further criticism of the management by some of its current writers, Hentoff himself, and by the Voice's ideological rival paper National Review, which referred to Hentoff as a "treasure". The Village Voice_sentence_58

At the end of 2011, Wayne Barrett, who had written for the paper since 1973, was laid off. The Village Voice_sentence_59

Fellow muckraking investigative reporter Tom Robbins then resigned in solidarity. The Village Voice_sentence_60

Voice Media Group The Village Voice_section_3

Village Voice Media executives Scott Tobias, Christine Brennan and Jeff Mars bought Village Voice Media's papers and associated web properties from its founders in September 2012, and formed the Denver-based Voice Media Group. The Village Voice_sentence_61

In May 2013, The Village Voice editor Will Bourne and deputy editor Jessica Lustig told The New York Times that they were quitting the paper rather than executing further staff layoffs. The Village Voice_sentence_62

Both had been recent appointments. The Village Voice_sentence_63

By then, the Voice had employed five editors since 2005. The Village Voice_sentence_64

Following Bourne's and Lustig's departure, Village Media Group management fired three of the Voice's longest-serving contributors: gossip and nightlife columnist Michael Musto, restaurant critic Robert Sietsema, and theater critic Michael Feingold, all of whom had been writing for the paper for decades. The Village Voice_sentence_65

Feingold was rehired as a writer for The Village Voice in January 2016. The Village Voice_sentence_66

In July 2013, Voice Media Group executives named Tom Finkel as editor. The Village Voice_sentence_67

Peter Barbey ownership and construction The Village Voice_section_4

Peter Barbey, through the privately owned investment company Black Walnut Holdings LLC, purchased The Village Voice from Voice Media Group in October 2015. The Village Voice_sentence_68

Barbey is a member of one of America's wealthiest families. The Village Voice_sentence_69

The family has had ownership interest in the Reading Eagle, a daily newspaper serving the city of Reading, Pennsylvania and the surrounding region, for many years. The Village Voice_sentence_70

Barbey serves as president and CEO of the Reading Eagle Company, and holds the same roles at The Village Voice. The Village Voice_sentence_71

After taking over ownership of the Voice, Barbey named Joe Levy, formerly of Rolling Stone, as interim editor in chief, and Suzan Gursoy, formerly of Ad Week, as publisher. The Village Voice_sentence_72

In December 2016, Barbey named Stephen Mooallem, formerly of Harper's Bazaar, as editor in chief. The Village Voice_sentence_73

Mooallem resigned in May 2018, and was not replaced before the publication's shutdown. The Village Voice_sentence_74

Under the Barbey ownership, advertisements for escort agencies and phone sex services came to an end. The Village Voice_sentence_75

On August 31, 2018, it was announced that the Village Voice would cease production and lay off half of its staff. The Village Voice_sentence_76

The remaining staff would be kept on for a limited period for archival projects. The Village Voice_sentence_77

The last news article published was an August 31 piece by freelancer Steven Wishnia about tenants returning to their building after safety concerns had prompted its evacuation. The Village Voice_sentence_78

Two weeks after the Village Voice ceased operations on September 13, co-founder John Wilcock died in California at the age of 91. The Village Voice_sentence_79

Although The Village Voice announced in August 2018 that it would cease publication, its website, along with its Twitter and Facebook accounts, is still active and running in 2020. The Village Voice_sentence_80

Contributors The Village Voice_section_5

Backpage sex trafficking The Village Voice_section_6

Main article: Backpage The Village Voice_sentence_81

Backpage, a classified advertisement website owned by the same parent company as The Village Voice, was used as a hub for sex trafficking of both adults and minors. The Village Voice_sentence_82

In 2012, Nicholas Kristof wrote an article in The New York Times detailing a young woman's account of being sold on Backpage. The Village Voice_sentence_83

The Village Voice released an article entitled "What Nick Kristof Got Wrong" accusing Kristof of fabricating the story and ignoring journalistic standards. The Village Voice_sentence_84

Kristof responded, noting that the Voice did not dispute the column, but rather tried to show how the timeline in Kristof's original piece was inaccurate. The Village Voice_sentence_85

In this rebuttal, he not only justified his original timeline, but expressed sadness "to see Village Voice Media become a major player in sex trafficking, and to see it use its journalists as attack dogs for those who threaten its corporate interests", noting another instance of The Village Voice attacking journalists reporting on Backpage's role in sex trafficking. The Village Voice_sentence_86

After repeated calls for a boycott of The Village Voice, the company was sold to Voice Media Group. The Village Voice_sentence_87

See also The Village Voice_section_7

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