New York City’s Village Voice, a beacon for culture vultures and left-leaning political animals for 62 years, is calling time on its print edition.
Owners of the independent weekly on Tuesday announced the end of its physical publication, though the exact date of the final copy has yet to be finalised.
The title will live on as a Website, explained its owner Peter Barbey, who said the tough decision reflects the shifts in the way consumers want their news delivered.
“That business has moved online — and so has the Voice’s audience, which expects us to do what we do not just once a week, but every day, across a range of media, from words and pictures to podcasts, video, and even other forms of print publishing,” Barbey said in a statement.
The Village Voice’s web traffic fluctuates widely, reports Billboard, though the title generated 1.318 million multi-platform unique U.S. visits for the month of July, according to comScore data provided to The Hollywood Reporter.
The development took readers – and rivals — by surprise. Writes the New York Times: “The print pages of The Village Voice were a place to discover Jacques Derrida or phone sex services, to hone one’s antipathy to authority or gentrification, to score authoritative judgments about what was in the city’s jazz clubs or off off Broadway theaters on a Wednesday night. In the latter part of the last century, before “Sex and the City,” it was where many New Yorkers learned to be New Yorkers. “