AT: The Village Voice, the first alternative weekly newspaper that began publishing in 1955, will no longer be posting any new stories.
The paper stopped publishing a print edition a year ago, only being available online. Owner Peter Barbey announced to the staff yesterday that “business realities” were forcing him to close shop completely.
Barbey said that half of the staff, which is around 15 to 20 people, will remain on to “wind things down,” and work on a project to archive the Voice’s material online.
The rest of the staff will be let go today.
“I bought the Village Voice to save it; this isn’t exactly how I thought it was going to end up. I’m still trying to save the Village Voice,” Barbey told the staff.
He also praised them for doing important work: “You had amazing grit, to remain professional in doing what you’re doing and hanging in there to the end.”