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Top Editors Abruptly Leave Village Voice Over Staff Cuts (NYT)
The tumult that has characterized The Village Voice in recent years resurfaced on Thursday when the top two editors said they were leaving the weekly newspaper. Will Bourne, who became editor last November, and Jessica Lustig, the deputy editor since January, met with the staff at 11 a.m. on Thursday to announce their departure. In a phone interview, Bourne said that Christine Brennan, executive editor of Voice Media Group, had told them to lay off, or drastically reduce the roles of, five employees on the 20-person staff. Rather than carry out the cuts, he and Lustig resigned and left immediately, in the middle of closing next week’s paper. Gawker We hear that Michael Musto, the Village Voice‘s longtime society columnist and the last remaining vestige of the “classic” Voice, is one of the five Voice staffers targeted for layoffs — the proposed layoffs that caused the Voice‘s editors to quit today. Musto’s column, La Dolce Musto — a quirky mix of nightlife gossip, party talk, gay issues, and whatever the hell else has been happening in his life in the past week — has been running in the Voice for almost 30 years. NY Observer The downtown alt-weekly has been floundering of late. Last August, they had a significant round of layoffs and switched some full-time positions to part-time. Former editor-in-chief Tony Ortega left in September to focus full-time on debunking Scientology, prompting rumors the he was pushed out. Shortly after that, the newspaper chain underwent a corporate restructuring that separated the company’s papers from Backpage.com, the controversial and highly profitable adult online classifieds site that was a key source of revenue. FishbowlNY Bourne succeeded Ortega as editor of the Voice in late November. Read more
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Lewis comes to Say Media from Condé Nast, where she served as senior executive director of human resources. Prior to that Lewis was managing editor of Self. At Say Media, Lewis will guide the editorial direction of the company’s many sites, including xojane.com
Koorbusch was most recently associate publisher of Men’s Health. Prior to that he was advertising director for The Week.
“Both Kate and Tim have unparalleled experience,” said Kim Kelleher, president of Say Media, in a statement. ”Kate has managed some of the most renowned editorial brands and Tim has a proven track record leading successful sales teams across print and digital. These strong additions to our leadership team will undoubtedly make huge contributions in the next phase of our aggressive growth.”
Kim Kelleher, worldwide publisher of Time and Ad Age’s Publisher of The Year in 2011, is leaving the magazine to become president of Say Media, a San Francisco based blog network that includes sites such as XOJane and ReadWriteWeb.
Ad Age reports that Kelleher said she enjoyed her time at the magazine but the chance to join Say Media was too good to pass up.
Matt Sanchez, Say Media’s CEO, said Kelleher was perfect for the job because she understands the “intersection of Madison Avenue and Silicon Valley.”