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The Village Voice Names New Metro Columnist

The Village Voice has hired Harry Siegel as its new Metro Columnist. Siegel – who once worked for the folded New York Sun - has some pretty large shoes to fill, as he takes over the position vacated by Tom Robbins.

As The Cutline notes, hiring someone who seems to be a conservative is odd for the Voice, but Tony Ortega, the newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief, disagrees, explaining, “Harry just blew away everyone else who applied for the job.”

Siegel will write a weekly column for the paper and contribute posts for the Voice’s news blog.

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Tom Robbins Named CUNY Investigative Journalist in Residence

Tom Robbins, who left The Village Voice in January, has been named the first Investigative Journalist in Residence at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Robbins’ duties at CUNY include teaching a new course that will center on producing stories for New York’s ethnic press and being a resource for students and faculty.

The new position poses an exciting challenge, said Robbins:

Good investigative reporting is critical medicine for a great metropolis, and I look forward to working with the terrific team Steve Shepard has assembled at CUNY’s Journalism School to help develop a new corps of diggers for the truth.

It’s a nice addition for CUNY, but can you imagine Robbins as a teacher? Those students are in for some tough love.

Tom Robbins Comments on Leaving the Village Voice

Yesterday was a tough one at the Village Voice, as veteran reporters Wayne Barrett and Tom Robbins both left the paper. A bit of a controversy as to why Robbins left ensued (the Voice says he just stepped down, the New York Times says he quit in protest), and today, Gothamist caught up with him to get his version of the story:

I don’t know why everyone’s hung up on this thing. Look: If Wayne Barrett was still at the Voice I would be too. I never would have thought of heading out the door if he was there. I wish the paper well, I hope it succeeds, but the decision that they could do without the greatest digger of investigative journalism says a lot about the direction they want to go in.

We’ll take that as a “Yes, I did quit in protest.”

The rest of the interview has Robbins questioning the direction of journalism, saying “Abso-fucking-lutley” and hating on the world of snarky blogs. FishbowlNY has no comment.

Veteran Political Writer Wayne Barrett Out At The Village Voice

After nearly 40 years of service, The Village Voice’s Wayne Barrett is leaving his post as the weekly newspaper’s leading political reporter.  Barrett published his farewell post on The Village Voice’s website and, according to a tweet by The New York Times’s Jeremy Peters, he was fired by the Voice.  Fellow political columnist Tom Robbins has reportedly quit in protest of Barrett’s firing, however he will remain with the paper until the end of the month.

Barrett, who has served under 14 different editors at the Voice, offered a long goodbye in his final column and waxed poetically on the tenets of journalism:

There is also no other job where you get paid to tell the truth. Other professionals do sometimes tell the truth, but it’s ancillary to what they do, not the purpose of their job. I was asked years ago to address the elementary school that my son attended and tell them what a reporter did and I went to the auditorium in a trenchcoat with the collar up and a notebook in a my pocket, baring it to announce that “we are detectives for the people.”

UPDATE: Village Voice editor-in-chief Tony Ortega denies that Tom Robbins resigned from the paper in protest of Barrett’s firing:

For [Times reporter Jeremy] Peters to say that Robbins quit in protest without even calling me and asking me about it is really irresponsible. I really enjoyed working with both of these guys. There are no hard feelings between either of us.