The Village Voice

The Village Voice is an American news and culture paper, known for being the country's first alternative newsweekly.[3] Founded in 1955 by Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher, John Wilcock, and Norman Mailer, the Voice began as a platform for the creative community of New York City. It ceased publication in 2017, while its online archives remained accessible. After an ownership change, the Voice reappeared in print, now as a quarterly, in April 2021.[3]

The Village Voice
TypeAlternative weekly
Owner(s)Brian Calle[1]
Founder(s)Ed Fancher
Dan Wolf
John Wilcock
Norman Mailer
FoundedOctober 26, 1955
Ceased publicationAugust 22, 2017 (2017-08-22)
RelaunchedApril 17, 2021 (2021-04-17)
Headquarters36 Cooper Square
New York City 10003
Circulation120,000 (2016)
The Cooper Square offices of the paper

Over its 63 years of publication, The Village Voice received three Pulitzer Prizes, the National Press Foundation Award, and the George Polk Award. The Village Voice hosted a variety of writers and artists, including writer Ezra Pound, cartoonist Lynda Barry, and film critics Andrew Sarris, Jonas Mekas and J. Hoberman.

In October 2015, The Village Voice changed ownership and severed all ties with former parent company Voice Media Group (VMG).[4] The Voice announced on August 22, 2017, that it would cease publication of its print edition and convert to a fully digital venture, on a date to be announced.[5] The final printed edition, featuring a 1965 photo of Bob Dylan on the cover, was distributed on September 21, 2017.[6] After halting print publication in 2017, the Voice provided daily coverage through its website until August 31, 2018, when it announced it was ceasing production of new editorial content.[7] The Voice continues to have an active website, which features archival material related to current events. On December 23, 2020, editor R.C. Baker[8] announced[9] that the paper would resume publishing new articles both online and in a quarterly print edition. In January 2021, new original stories began being published again on the website.[10] A spring print edition was released in April 2021.[11]