For New York's hometown newspapers, days of bloodshed
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It's been a bad couple of days for New York City's ink-stained wretches.
The latest development is that the two top editors of The Village Voice resigned and walked out of the newsroom today after refusing to fire an additional five journalists from the weekly's already skeletal staff, according to an item on The New York Times' website this afternoon.
David Carr reports:
Will Bourne, who became editor in chief of The Village Voice in November, and Jessica Lustig, the deputy editor since January, are leaving the weekly publication.
They met with the staff at 11 a.m. on Thursday and said that Christine Brennan, executive editor of Voice Media Group, had instructed them to lay off or drastically reduce the role of five employees on the 20-person staff. Rather than carrying out the cuts, they resigned and left immediately.
Bourne had only been in the job for about six months, making his tenure the shortest since that of David Blum back in late 2006 and early 2007. The Voice in recent years has been decimated by repeated cuts mandated by its parent company, which has weathered the same revenue losses being felt throughout the industry.
“When I was brought in here, I was explicitly told that the bloodletting had come to an end," Bourne told Carr. "I have enormous respect for the staff here and the work they have been doing and I am not going to preside over further layoffs.”
Politico is testing a metered paywall. [Politico/On Media]
More on the Daily Mail's U.S. invasion. [The New York Times]
A "rock bottom" moment for The Wall Street Journal's editorial page. [CJR/The Audit]
The Fox News mole plans to plead guilty. [Gawker]
Richard Engel's return to Syria. [A.P.]
The crusade to stop the Koch brothers from buying The L.A. Times. [The New York Times]
Quote of the day...
The First Amendment can’t mean much if the reporters (and can you think of a better way to describe them?) serving the hedge fund crowd through companies like Height Securities are forced to disclose lobbyist-type information to the federal government.
Voice Media Group claims it wasn't planning to lay off 5 staffers. Also, Pete Kotz will run the paper for now altweeklies.com/aan/village-vo…— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) May 9, 2013
The confluence of layoffs at print orgs should not surprise us too much. Many fiscal years end this summer.— Tom McGeveran (@tmcgev) May 9, 2013
Here's a hysterical Jon Stewart segment on Fox News Channel's Benghazi "hysteria":
From our inbox...
Hearst Magazines Digital Media has a new president:
Hearst Magazines President David Carey today announced that Troy Young has been appointed president of Hearst Magazines Digital Media. Young will oversee the digital content, technology, operations, revenue, product and business development strategies for the magazine division’s 26 online brands, which reach 63 million unique visitors and total 643 million page views monthly. He will start in the newly formed role on May 13 and report to Carey.
Young, a digital media executive and entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in digital publishing and advertising, was most recently president of Say Media. He joined Say (previously VideoEgg) in its early stages and shaped its corporate, product and brand strategy, built and led the marketing, sales and editorial organizations, and oversaw acquisitions. Young developed the content portfolio to include fast-growing brands xoJane, Remodelista and ReadWrite and created a groundbreaking advertising approach and engagement pricing model, growing the company to $100 million in revenue.
Before Say, Young was chief experience officer of the Omnicom digital agency Organic, advising on strategy and creating award-winning work for clients including American Express, Virgin Mobile, Sirius XM, Chrysler and Bank of America. He has held board and advisory roles with a number of digital media, mobile and commerce companies, including Refinery29—the digital media and e-commerce website in which Hearst is an investor—BuzzMedia (now Spinmedia), a digital publisher of pop culture and music brands, and ticketing and e-commerce platform CrowdSurge.
“Pure-play digital companies and agencies move at warp speed, and Troy has been an integral part of that landscape since its inception,” Carey said. “He’s incredibly strategic and will bring the pulse of a startup to our world-class brands, focusing on content quality, velocity and accessibility on all platforms, as well as developing our video storytelling and creating new revenue streams. Big companies increasingly need to think and act like early-stage businesses, quickly iterating products, and Troy's pure-play experience will enable Hearst to accomplish that.”
“Hearst Magazines’ marquis brands—Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire, Good Housekeeping among them—have the equity and recognition that digital entrepreneurs dream about,” Young said. “At the same time, the company embraces and encourages innovation—the combination is unbeatable and it’s the reason Hearst has already accomplished so much in the digital space. I’m excited to join the team and continue the forward momentum, in a digital world that becomes more exciting by the day.”