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New Gigs For Two Alt-Weekly Vets

Former Village Voice editor Tony Ortega and Creative Loafing Charlotte editor Mark Kemp land in new spots. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  11-06-2013  11:30 am  |  Where Are They Now?

Strike Averted: Tentative Agreement Reached in Village Voice Labor Talks

Village Voice staff writer and union spokesperson Graham Rayman says that a tentative agreement has been reached in contract negotiations with management, averting a labor strike. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  06-30-2011  10:28 pm  |  Industry News

Village Voice Staff Authorize Strike, Set Up Alternate Website

Employees of the Village Voice have authorized a strike and set up an alternate website, The Real Voice, where they will publish if they cannot agree to a new contract with management by midnight on June 30. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  06-28-2011  5:28 pm  |  Industry News

Anti-Gay Politician Offended By Internet Comments, Hyperbolenew

In an open letter to the Village Voice, New York State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. accuses the paper of using its "editorial discretion to facilitate and encourage homicide."
Village Voice  |  04-25-2011  2:11 pm  |  Industry News

Village Voice 'Making This Right' and Paying Contributors to Comics Issuenew

Village Voice editor Tony Ortega announced today that he will pay all of the cartoonists who contributed to the paper's Comics Issue without compensation. The Voice faced harsh criticism this week for not paying the contributors.
The Village Voice  |  04-08-2011  1:20 pm  |  Industry News

Village Voice Comes Under Fire for Not Paying Contributors to Comics Issue

Several cartoonists are criticizing The Village Voice for not paying some contributors to its Comics Issue that came out this week. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  04-07-2011  12:06 pm  |  Industry News

Is the Village Voice Dealing Drugs?new

The Village Voice may be peddling more than just hard-hitting prose. 
Runnin' Scared  |  01-21-2011  4:28 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

'Buzz is Coming Back' for the Village Voicenew

Business Insider reporter Joe Pompeo calls the Village Voice "relevant again."
Business Insider  |  09-15-2010  1:38 pm  |  Industry News

Village Voice Editor Tony Ortega Fires Backnew

Village Voice editor Tony Ortega has fired back at Austin Chronicle editor Louis Black's suggestion that some weekly publications lost their alt-cred when they were bought by publishing chains.
Village Voice  |  07-28-2010  3:17 pm  |  Industry News

Voice Editor to Blogger: Stop Apologizing for Dolan Dick Jokenew

In a blog post titled "MEMO TO FOSTER KAMER, RE: DICK JOKE," Village Voice editor Tony Ortega tells Voice blogger Foster Kamer to "stop apologizing for the damn dick joke" about Cablevision CEO James Dolan that has cost the Voice $1 million in advertising. "There's a reason I told Dolan's people to stuff it when they called to complain about your original blog post," Ortega writes. "And that's because your dick joke was spot-on, and a prime example of what we do around here."
The Village Voice  |  05-12-2010  11:40 am  |  Industry News

PEJ: 2009 Was a 'Difficult' Year for Alt-Weekliesnew

In its annual State of the News Media report, the Project for Excellence in Journalism notes that the combined circulation of AAN member papers dropped by nearly 7 percent in 2009, adding to the 5 percent drop in 2008. But the report points out that many small-market papers grew circulation in 2009, and that alts, like other newspapers, are increasingly moving to digital platforms. Village Voice editor Tony Ortega tells PEJ that alt-weeklies are coming out of the downturn in better shape than dailies, due to a more flexible business model and the fact that alts have always been free. "There's no doubt that the economy was just as hard on alternative weeklies as it was on the dailies," he says. "But it's also obvious that some alt-weeklies have come through the tough times in better shape than others."
Project for Excellence in Journalism  |  03-15-2010  10:44 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

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

Amidst Ethics Questions, The Village Voice Parts Ways With Criticnew

Late last week, the art blog Modern Art Notes raised questions about Christian Viveros-Faune's editorial independence, noting that he was involved in organizing two major commercial art fairs at the same time he was the Voice's art critic. The blog argued that he should either resign from the fairs, or the Voice should stop publishing him, and the flap lit up the blogosphere on Friday. On Saturday, Voice editor Tony Ortega explained to readers that, in light of "an appearance of conflict," Viveros-Faune would no longer be writing for the paper.
The Village Voice | Modern Art Notes  |  01-22-2008  8:54 am  |  Industry News

The Village Voice Playfully Responds to Criticism on Adult Adsnew

When the New York Press was sold to Manhattan Media in early August, the new CEO announced the paper would stop running "explicit" ads. The National Organization for Women and some op-ed writers took that opportunity to put more pressure on the Voice and New York magazine to also stop running the ads. The Voice "fired back by defiantly running eight naked ladies on the cover" a few weeks ago, the New York Observer reports. Editor Tony Ortega tells the Observer that the cheeky cover was his idea. "The subject of our adult ads has been brought up lately in the local press," Ortega says. "I thought the best response from the newsroom was to poke some fun at ourselves." Manhattan Media CEO Tom Allon tells the Observer that, while he thinks "the punchline was only clear to a small sliver of their readership," he's glad to have stirred up the attention. "Clearly it was a nod to us and to our decision," he says. "I was flattered that they thought that a decision we made warranted a Voice cover."
The New York Observer  |  09-04-2007  10:01 am  |  Industry News