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Five VVM Columnists Honored in National Column-Writing Awardsnew

SF Weekly's Katy St. Clair took home a first-place Humor column award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in its annual contest. Roy Edroso of The Village Voice, Stephen Lemons of Phoenix New Times, and Chuck Strouse and Elyse Wanshel, both of Miami New Times, were also recognized by the group.
National Society of Newspaper Columnists  |  06-30-2009  8:31 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Writer Remembers Covering Stonewall for The Voicenew

We mentioned Lucian Truscott IV a few days back when looking at the Village Voice's complicated role in the watermark LGBT rights event at the Stonewall Inn 40 years ago. In a New York Times op-ed published yesterday, he remembers the scene and wonders why no one else covered it. "I blundered straight into the first moments of the police raid ... even a newly minted second lieutenant of infantry could see that it was a story," Truscott writes. "Amazingly, there was no TV coverage and only a few paragraphs in the city’s daily papers. Myths and controversies have arisen in the vacuum left by the mainstream news media."
The New York Times  |  06-26-2009  10:41 am  |  Industry News

History Lesson: The Village Voice and Stonewallnew

As the Stonewall uprising marks its 40th anniversary, the Village Voice takes a look at stories it published that sparked additional mayhem during that seminal moment in the history of the LGBT rights movement. Five days after the initial events at Stonewall, two Voice stories agitated many LGBT activists; this week the paper republished both stories on the web. Read Howard Smith's account of being trapped inside the Stonewall Inn with police officers as they came under violent attack by the crowd, and Lucian Truscott IV's reporting from the chaotic street scene outside the building.
The Village Voice  |  06-24-2009  9:37 am  |  Industry News

Will the New York Times' Next Food Critic Come from an Alt-Weekly?new

When the Times announced this week that it was moving food critic Frank Bruni to a new assignment writing for the Times Magazine, foodies immediately began speculating as to whom the paper would replace him with. The Associated Press says LA Weekly's Pulitzer-winning critic Jonathan Gold is one of the "obvious contenders," while Eater has him as a "dark horse," with 250-1 odds. Eater also pegs Village Voice critic Robert Sietsema an "underdog," giving him 1000-1 odds. Meanwhile, the Times staffer who will lead the search says she hasn't started thinking about who will be named for what the AP calls "what's widely considered the most important restaurant critic job in the country."
The Associated Press | Eater  |  05-15-2009  9:41 am  |  Industry News

Village Voice Editor: Industry Woes are a 'Business Model Crisis'

At a panel discussion earlier this month at the 92nd Street Y in New York, Tony Ortega talked about web publishing and the print media industry, along with Voice publisher Michael Cohen, Gothamist publisher Jake Dobkin and Alana Taylor of Mashable.com. While noting that, like most papers, the Voice is struggling to do more with less right now, Ortega says the product isn't the problem. "Newspapers have never been more popular in their history," he says. "It's just that our advertisers have no money to spend."

AAN  |  05-11-2009  11:02 am  |  Industry News

Tickets On Sale for Village Voice's 'Creative Block' Arts Party

The Village Voice Press Release  |  05-11-2009  12:37 pm  |  Press Releases

'Alternative Media' Ends Up in Federal 'Domestic Extremism Lexicon'new

A report by the Department of Homeland Security analyzing extremist ideologies in the U.S. was released in March and recalled within hours amid a firestorm of criticism. In a glossary included with the report, DHS defined "alternative media" as "a term used to describe various information sources that provide a forum for interpretations of events and issues that differ radically from those presented in mass media products and outlets." Fox News notes the description is pejorative despite the fact that "the term is commonly used to describe blogs and popular publications like New York's Village Voice." MORE: The Voice weighs in on being defended by Fox News.
Fox News  |  05-07-2009  12:33 pm  |  Industry News

Three Young Alt-Weekly Writers in Running for Livingston Awardsnew

Phoenix New Times' John Dickerson, Style Weekly's Amy Biegelsen and The Village Voice's Elizabeth Sara Dwoskin have all been named finalists in the 2008 Livingston Awards for Young Journalists competition. The Columbia Journalism School, an AAN associate member, has two current students and six alums among the finalists as well. The winners of the Livingstons, which award three $10,000 prizes to journalists under the age of 35, will be announced June 3.
The Livingston Awards  |  05-04-2009  8:43 am  |  Honors & Achievements

'A Handful of AIDS Denialists' Protest Outside Village Voice Officenew

They were there handing out leaflets protesting the paper's cover story, which looks at the continuing controversy over the medical treatment of AIDS babies, editor Tony Ortega reports.
The Village Voice  |  04-07-2009  9:58 am  |  Industry News

Three VVM Papers Win Criminal Justice Reporting Awardsnew

Seattle Weekly, The Village Voice and Westword have all won 2008 Prevention for a Safer Society (PASS) Awards, which honor journalists "who try to focus America's attention on our criminal justice system, juvenile justice system, and child welfare systems in a thoughtful and considerate manner." The awards are sponsored by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.
The National Council on Crime and Delinquency  |  04-01-2009  8:31 am  |  Honors & Achievements