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Posts Tagged ‘Michael Feingold’

Ousted Village Voice Theater Critic Reviews His Recent Dismissal

The departure this spring of Michael Feingold came right after Backstage magazine chopped its reviews section and just before the AP announced it would no longer cover Off-Broadway.* But the former Village Voice theater critic writes in an essay for theatermania.com that he understands the motivation for these moves. And that his piece today is not a personal rant.

In the hit-tastic world of digital media, theater reviews don’t draw the clicks. So, freelancers are put in place of former full-timers, and able hands borrowed as necessary from other departments:

At my termination meeting, the Voice’s editorial director told me, in a compassionate tone, that management now felt having a full-time theater critic on staff was a “luxury” the paper could do without.

I found it ironic (albeit slightly flattering) to be classed as a luxury, by an executive whose salary was probably triple mine; that she considered a full-time theater critic not a necessity for a New York media outlet struck me as genuinely dismaying.

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Tejal Rao and Nick Pinto Quit Village Voice

Mere days after The Village Voice fired Michael Musto and others, the paper has lost two more writers. The only difference is that Tejal Rao and Nick Pinto quit. Rao and Pinto both tweeted that they have resigned from the Voice, making the paper even more hollow than it already is.

Rao’s departure is particularly awkward for the Voice because when it announced the “restructuring” that ousted Musto, Robert Sietsema and Michael Feingold, it boasted of Rao’s employment there. Oops.

In related “The Village Voice is Crap” news, Musto told HuffPost Live that the mood at the Voice was “dour” in the days leading up to his firing. Wonder what the mood is now? Grim? Sullen? Depressed? Gloomy?

Village Voice Fires Michael Musto, Robert Sietsema and Michael Feingold

When two of The Village Voice‘s top editors quit rather than downsize staffers, it was only a matter of time before those layoffs transpired. The cuts involved three big names. According to Gawker, Michael MustoRobert Sietsema and Michael Feingold have all been let go.

Christine Brennan, executive editor of the Village Voice Media Group, oversaw the reductions, which included some on the business side of the Voice. She was also the one asking Will Bourne, the Voice’s last editor, to fire or reduce the roles of staffers.

Musto had been writing for the Voice since the early 1980s; Sietsema since the early 90s; and Feingold since the late 90s. When a paper just fires three of their most iconic writers, you know things are bad.