New York City’s the Village Voice has been an iconic and award-winning piece of journalism for decades. Founded by Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher, and Norman Mailer in 1955, the newspaper “induced free-form, high-spirited and passionate journalism into the public discourse,” becoming the nation’s first and largest alternative newsweekly publication. It’s a beloved newspaper with an enormous New York following, and an invaluable tool to navigate all of the city’s happenings, politics, and much more.
The Village Voice has recently experienced tumult within its small staff, which will hopefully be mended by the addition of a new editor, Tom Finkel. According to an article in the Huffington Post, “Finkel will be taking over at a rough time for the Village Voice. His appointment comes months after the last editor Will Bourne stepped down,” explaining how Bourne and deputy editor Jessica Lustig chose to resign after many unfortunate, forced layoffs rattled the morale of the newspaper.
Finkel is no stranger to journalism; his experience includes his time as an editor in the Voice Media group, as well as ten years as editor of the Riverfront Times in St. Louis. In a statement about his new role as editor of the Village Voice, Voice Media Group executive editor Christine Brennan said that he “has been one of our most progressive editors in balancing print and web journalism,” and that “he will do great work” at the Village Voice. Finkel has big shoes to fill in a challenging, transitioning era at the newspaper, but his experience gives optimism to the publication’s widespread following.
The Village Voice has garnered a reputation as one of New York’s premier publications featuring groundbreaking investigations, strong reporting on local and national issues, opinionated reviews of the arts, and being an overall expert on all things cultural in New York City. The newspaper’s future is hopeful with the addition of new editor Tom Finkel, whose progressive style and experience is speculated to help maintain the Village Voice’s reputation for being one of the best newspapers in the country.