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Village Voice Adds Film Writer

The Village Voice has named Stephanie Zacharek its principal film writer. Zacharek most recently worked as Movieline’s chief film critic. Prior to her time there, she was Salon’s lead film critic. Zacharek’s work has also been featured in publications such as Rolling Stone and New York.

“Here is a writer who cuts to the heart of the films she sees, one able to capture that elusive sense of what a film actually feels like while still finding urgent connections between it and the world outside the theater,” said Alan Scherstuhl, film editor of the Voice, in a statement. “For the Voice she’ll continue to cover the movies she’s most passionate about, whether wide releases, indie standouts, or local screenings.”

Zacharek begins her new role on April 24.

Will Bourne Named New Editor-in-Chief of The Village Voice

Will Bourne has been named the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. He replaces Tony Ortega, who left the paper in September.

Bourne comes to the Voice from Inc., where he served as editor-at-large since July. Previously Bourne had been executive editor of Fast Company for four years, and during his time there the magazine won several awards (George Polk Award and Cunningham Award in 2009) and was nominated for several others (2010 Magazine of The Year, Mirror Award, George Loeb Award).

At the Voice, Bourne hopes to bolster the paper’s historically strong political presence and expand its influence in other areas.

“The Voice is an amazing — and resilient!! — institution and, as the recent election showed, so is liberalism,” Bourne told FishbowlNY via email. “I plan to reinforce the paper’s position as a showcase for progressive — but balanced, disciplined — journalism, and to make it an even more forceful presence on the culture front. The recent changes and new ownership at the company have made the entire VV chain much healthier and I am honored to be part of the process of helping it grow.”

Bourne starts at the Voice November 26.

‘This Modern World’ Cartoon Dropped By Village Voice

Dan Perkins, (aka Tom Tomorrow) the cartoonist behind “This Modern World,” a popular syndicated comic, has had his strip cut from The Village Voice. Perkins’ strip had been running in the Voice since 1997, and when he heard the news that it was being dropped, he took to Twitter and his personal site to blast the Voice.

“Unsurprising news: my cartoon just got shitcanned from the Village Voice by the assholes at corporate hq.” Tweeted Perkins. Shortly after, he posted, “Oh, also: FUCK VILLAGE VOICE MEDIA. Did more harm to altweekly cartooning than the economy and the internet combined.”

He then added on his site that he saw this coming, ever since Tony Ortega left the paper:

As some of you know, a few years back the powers that be at the Village Voice chain decided to shitcan all cartoons across the chain (costing meover almost a dozen major cities in a single day — it was like a nuclear first strike on my career). The one exception for me was the Village Voice itself, because editor Tony Ortega was a hardcore fan of my cartoon, and fought some serious battles to keep it in. He resigned a couple weeks ago, and I’ve been waiting for the axe to fall there, and was not remotely surprised to learn just now from the interim editor that my cartoon will no longer be running in their paper.

Village Voice Adds Music Editor

Mere days after the Village Voice lost editor-in-chief Tony Ortega and music editor Maura Johnston was fired, the paper has named a successor for the latter. According to The New York TimesBrian McManus will be the Voice’s new music editor.

McManus’ work has appeared in Philadelphia Weekly, Houston Press, The Chicago Reader, SF Weekly and more. He has also written one book.

A replacement for Ortega has not been named yet.

Tony Ortega Quits The Village Voice

Tony Ortega is leaving The Village Voice. Ortega has been the editor of the paper since 2007, but had been with Village Voice Media since 1995.

Ortega announced that he was leaving to pursue a book proposal about Scientology.

From Ortega on the Voice’s Running Scared blog:

Many of those stories I could not have produced without the involvement and aid of our amazing commenting community. Your tips and knowledgeable analysis have made this blog live and breathe. I regret that at least for now, this show is going off the air. But perhaps soon, as I pursue my new goals, I’ll be able to post a story here and there in another venue. I hope you’ll look for me when that happens.

Former Village Voice Cartoonist, Stan Mack Re-Releases American Revolution Book

Before following someone on Twitter, it was all about the “hard copy.” For twenty years, Stan Mack was the cartoonist at The Village Voice with his popular comic strip, “Stan Mack’s Real Life Funnies.”

In 1994, Mack started branching out into the literary world. After dabbling in children’s books, his first major publication was born. Now 18 years later, and after writing and illustrating several books, Mack is ready to re-release that publication.

This selection is entitled Taxes, Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels: A History in Comics of the American Revolution. In the 1950s, Arthur Miller used the backdrop of McCarthyism as an allegory to write The Crucible about the 17th Century witchhunt.

In the same way, Mack was inspired to explore our country’s founding based on what he saw covering the riots at Tompkins Square Park in the 1980s for The Voice.

“There was something about that experience, watching the clash between the various groups and it kind of just got a little bit out of control,” Mack tells FishbowlNY. “What came out it was the beginning of a study of rights of freedom, starting at the beginning of the country.”

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Highlight Music for Village Voice

It’s almost the weekend, and you’ve been invited to your roommate’s band’s show tonight. If the cheap beer isn’t a good enough incentive, maybe a byline at the Village Voice is.

As the most open section of the Voice, the music section is vibing for offbeat culture stories with a humorous yet hard-hitting tone. Music editor Maura Johnston wants to know what is happening around New York: an artist with an interesting backstory and NYC ties who’s releasing an album, a micro-scene coalescing, and so on.

For more on word count and editor contact info, check out How To Pitch: Village Voice.

Group Plans Protest of The Village Voice

Village Voice Media, which operates, is coming under more fire for maintaining an adult section that allegedly has been used by people to buy and sell minors for sex. A group led by Groundswell, a social action service of the Auburn Seminary, is planning a protest in front of the Voice’s building tomorrow morning at 11 am.

During the protest, a petition (currently packed with over 220,000 signatures) that calls on the Voice to stop publishing ads on that might lead to child sex trafficking will be delivered.

The cause has been trumpeted by The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof in a pair of columns. In addition to Kristof, 19 Senators have already asked the Voice to shutter the adult services section of

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Former Village Voice Vet J. Hoberman Gets New Gig

J. Hoberman, The Village Voice veteran who was let go in early January, has a new gig. He has been named Chief Film Critic of Blouin Artinfo. Variety reports that Hoberman will team up with Film Editor Graham Fuller to help expand the site’s coverage.

Louise Blouin, Chairman of Louise Blouin Media, had quite the quote ready to go when announcing the addition.

“In an age where the accessibility to information is more universal than ever, we are continuing to challenge the boundaries of traditional news mediums by providing original content that stimulates, aids and enhances the progress of cultural dialogue in our global community,” Blouin told Variety. “To have two film critics of this caliber reflects the deep commitment on the part of Blouin Artinfo to build upon the strengths of our existing platform.”

The Village Voice Sues Time Out New York For Using Phrase Everyone Has Used

(Via paidContent)

The people behind The Village Voice have lost their damn minds. That’s the only explanation we can think of for it suing Time Out New York (TONY) because the magazine used “Best of NYC” without permission from the Voice.

PaidContent reports that the Voice is suing for trademark infringement, and wants the profits from a TONY issue which used “Best of NYC” on its cover handed to the paper, and all the remaining magazines destroyed.

Yes, we’re serious. This isn’t an Onion article. The Voice actually thinks that they own the rights to “Best of NYC,” which might be the most generic phrase since “The big apple,” “Number one movie in America,” or “Hey tourist, try walking faster a**hole.”

But good luck with the lawsuit Voice; you’re going to need it. Wait. Do they own “good luck,” too?

As you can see from the comment by Tony Ortega below, the Voice does own “Best of NYC.” We still wish them good luck.