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Layoffs Hit Las Vegas Weekly and The Village Voice

Facing a tough economic climate, two AAN members had to lay off several employees last week. The Las Vegas Weekly let go "a writer and an art staffer," as part of larger staff reductions by parent company Greenspun Media Group, the Las-Vegas Review-Journal reports. In addition, The Village Voice laid off two staff writers and a deputy copy chief, according to Pop + Politics.
AAN News  |  10-08-2008  9:56 am  |  Industry News

Will The Village Voice's Siren Festival Have to Relocate?new

The Voice's annual indie rock festival, which celebrated its 8th installment this weekend, may have to find a new location if the redevelopment of Coney Island breaks ground next year as some expect, the New York Times reports. "Siren isn't the most comfortable of rock festivals. The sound systems are mediocre and the pedestrian routes between the stages are irrational," the Times notes. "But Siren does place the tattooed-nerd fashion sense of indie rock in the diverting context of Coney Island's other freaks and sideshows." However, the redevelopment would eliminate these freaks and sideshows and the entire old amusement area, which could mean an end to Siren at Coney Island. "It's my first time here," Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew said as the band ended its set this weekend. "I don't want it to be the last."
The New York Times  |  07-22-2008  9:36 am  |  Industry News

Jules Feiffer: 'I Wouldn't Have Been a Cartoonist' Without the Voicenew

The Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist spoke with Brian Heater from the Daily Cross Hatch blog after a recent event celebrating the release of Explainers, a hardbound volume of the early Village Voice strips that first put Feiffer on the map. He talked about how hard it was to get his work published in the 1950s. "The political times were essentially not friendly to satire. This was just after Joe McCarthy, and there was still a very oppressive atmosphere, particularly in terms of what the media was and wasn't willing to print," Feiffer says. "The Voice, as it appeared, was the one independent newspaper that was likely to run me, if anyone was going to run me. If The Voice wasn't going to run me, I would have run out of choices and would have had to do something else with my life."
The Daily Cross Hatch  |  07-21-2008  12:00 pm  |  Industry News

Village Voice Employees Sign Contract, Avoid Walkoutnew

The unionized Voice employees averted a strike early this morning, forging an agreement with Village Voice Media for a new three-year contract, the New York Press reports. "We got a deal. 3 o'clock this morning," Voice staff writer and shop steward Tom Robbins tells the Press. "We won a good victory for unions." Under the new contract, which was unanimously ratified this morning, union members will not be expected to pay any portion of the premium of their health care, and Robbins says the new contract calls for a raise.
New York Press  |  07-01-2008  12:36 pm  |  Industry News

Former Village Voice Editor Clay Felker Diesnew

Felker, 82, died in his home this morning. Felker founded New York magazine and exerted a seminal influence in new journalism. He owned and edited The Village Voice from 1974-1977, and also founded California-based alternative magazine New West. But as the Voice points out, Felker "proved to be an unpopular editor" at the paper. "Felker did found New York magazine, and he had some great writers there," Nat Hentoff says. "He had one of the most distinguished staffs in magazine history. He started that vogue for weekly city magazines around the country. But his tenure at the Voice was very unpleasant -- because he tried to turn it into New York magazine."
The New York Times | The Village Voice  |  07-01-2008  11:47 am  |  Industry News

Village Voice Staff and Management Meet Today for Contract Talksnew

The two sides are trying to reach an agreement on a new contract before June 30, when the unionized Voice employees' current contract will expire, the New York Post reports. "The battle lines have already been drawn, and, not surprisingly, health care is a major focal point," says the Post. Staff writer and shop steward Tom Robbins says that the unionized employees are being asked to join a contributory health plan for the first time. He estimates the plan could cost each employee up to $5,500 per year, and notes that the union has put forth a wage increase proposal, but he isn't sure that will work. "There is no way they are going to give us a pay increase to match that [health care cost increase]," Robbins says. There has been talk that a strike is possible if the contract isn't in place by the end of June, but editor Tony Ortega is hopeful a deal can be reached. "I've been told these things always go to midnight on June 30," he tells the Post. "We value their work and hope to make an amicable settlement."
The New York Post  |  06-26-2008  9:36 am  |  Industry News

Two Alt-Weekly Writers Honored by Columnists' Groupnew

Winners of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists' 2008 Column Writing Contest were announced Saturday night in New Orleans. The Village Voice's Lynn Yaeger took first in the Humor (circulation 100,000+) category; judges said she had a "very entertaining style that bounces right along." Edmund Newton, who writes the Tailpipe column for New Times Broward-Palm Beach, placed first in the Notes/Items (all circulations) category; judges said he takes readers on "a tasty ride through life's odder moments."
National Society of Newspaper Columnists  |  06-24-2008  8:25 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Possible Strike Looms at The Village Voicenew

Veteran Voice staff writer Tom Robbins tells the New York Press that the paper's employees may strike if a contract dispute isn't resolved. Talks center on proposed cuts in health care coverage in the latest contract offer from Village Voice Media, which the union considers unacceptable. "Management is asking for givebacks on our health care policy and on our 401(k)," says Robbins, who serves as a shop steward with United Auto Workers Local 2110, which represents Voice staffers. "We are adamant that there won't be any givebacks here." He says the union has had two meetings with management, but vowed that there would be a walkout if no settlement is reached. "If we don't get it, all bets are off," Robbins warns. The Press says a call to a Voice spokesperson for comment has thus far gone unreturned. The strike is set for July 1 if a contract agreement isn't reached, according to Gawker.
New York Press  |  06-17-2008  8:13 am  |  Industry News

Village Voice Staff Writer Michael Feingold's Play Opens in New York

Japanoir previews Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th; opening Sunday, June 8th in the (FULL STORY)
Village Voice Press Release  |  06-10-2008  7:58 am  |  Press Releases

The Village Voice's Tom Robbins Wins New York Press Club Awardnew

Robbins won in the Continuing Coverage category for newspapers for his story that that questioned key testimony of a star witness against Lindley DeVecchio, a former FBI agent accused of helping the mob commit murder. The story, "Tall Tales of a Mafia Mistress," got Robbins subpoenaed by both the defense and prosecution in the case. Robbins and other winners will be honored at a formal dinner on June 16. A full list of winners can be found on the NY Press Club's site.
The Village Voice Press Release (PDF file)  |  06-06-2008  9:43 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Village Voice Sex Columnist Has New Booknew

Tristan Taormino's Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships, which "gives practical advice on how to create responsible, fulfilling, non-monogamous relationships," was released last month by Cleis Press. The "Pucker Up" columnist tells Adult Video News the book is for anyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, who is interested in open relationships. "Monogamy, marriage, and cheating are among the most talked-about issues in society today," Taormino says. "When I began this book, I was interested to find out how people in non-monogamous relationships make those relationships work-how they design their relationships, what issues they face, and what makes them tick." She is currently on the West Coast leg of her Astroglide-sponsored book tour -- check her site for complete tour dates.
Adult Video News  |  06-03-2008  10:36 am  |  Industry News