Peter Barbey, who purchased New York's alt-weekly paper the Village Voice in 2015, has announced that the publication will end its weekly print edition. The paper had been distributed as a free weekly in print for over 60 years.
“For more than 60 years, the Village Voice brand has played an outsized role in American journalism, politics, and culture,” Barbey said in a statement on Tuesday. “It has been a beacon for progress and a literal voice for thousands of people whose identities, opinions, and ideas might otherwise have been unheard. I expect it to continue to be that and much, much more.”
The Voice has been renowned for its coverage of the arts scene and, over the past six decades, has published work by instrumental voices like James Baldwin, E.E. Cummings, Greg Tate, Hilton Als, and more.
“The most powerful thing about the Voice wasn’t that it was printed on newsprint or that it came out every week," Barbey continued. "It was that the Village Voice was alive, and that it changed in step with and reflected the times and the ever-evolving world around it. I want the Village Voice brand to represent that for a new generation of people—and for generations to come.”