VIL­LAGE VOICE STOPS THE PRESS

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - MONEY & MARKETS EXTRA -

The Vil­lage Voice, the al­ter­na­tive weekly news­pa­per that has been a main­stay on New York's street cor­ners for decades, is go­ing dig­i­tal only and will no longer ap­pear in print.

Owner Peter Bar­bey an­nounced the change on Tues­day. He said the news­pa­per, founded in 1955 by a group of writ­ers in­clud­ing nov­el­ist Nor­man Mailer, “has been a bea­con for progress and a lit­eral voice for thou­sands of peo­ple whose iden­ti­ties, opin­ions and ideas might oth­er­wise have been un­heard.”

Bar­bey said he ex­pects that to con­tinue, with re­port­ing and sto­ries posted on the Voice web­site.

The Vil­lage Voice was the coun­try's first al­ter­na­tive newsweekly. In its prime it was both pop­u­lar, with a free cir­cu­la­tion of 250,000, and ground­break­ing.

Like other news­pa­pers, though, it has faced a chal­leng­ing fi­nan­cial en­vi­ron­ment as tra­di­tional print ads, es­pe­cially classifieds, mi­grated to the in­ter­net.

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