The Village's first alternative weekly newspaper, which has been offering New York local news and classifieds for decades, will stop production and sack around half of its staff, the newspaper's owner announced on Friday  "This is a sad day for The Village Voice and millions of readers, and the voice has been a key element of New York journalism and is being read around the world," said owner Peter Barbey in a statement. "As the first modern alternative newspaper, it has literally defined a new genre of publishing."
"Although the Voice is no longer published, we strive to ensure that their legacy will endure to inspire even more generations of readers and writers to give them even more speed," added Barbey. "We have begun to ensure that The Village Voice's vast print archive is made digitally accessible."
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The newspaper has a long history of publishing legends in the journalistic and literary world, including one of its co-founders, Norman Mailer, which also served as the hub for the work of Wayne Barrett, the late New York Muckraker, whose early coverage of Donald Trump revived during the 2016 elections.
The Village Voice has been struggling in recent years as the climate for local newspapers has become hostile as print advertisements have shrunk also went to their category offers for revenue ß, was faced with increased competition.
In April 2017, the Village Voice discontinued its print production completely online. With this step, the half a century old publication was revived.
But it was not enough. On Friday, readers and staff complained about the fate of the newspaper.
Friend has just submitted his newscast, his editor said there is good news: he is the journalist who publishes the last message in the voice. Tweeted Valerie Vande Panne, a freelance journalist who wrote for The Village Voice, said, "That too, the publisher said, is the bad news."
Tom Kludt of CNNMoney commented on this report contributed
CNNMoney (New York) First published on August 31, 2018: 2:18 PM ET