The Village Voice, the famed alternative weekly that's been in print for decades, is going online only.
Back then, "Craigslist was in its infancy, Google and Facebook weren't yet glimmers in the eyes of their founders, and alternative weeklies-and newspapers everywhere-were still packed with classified advertising", Village Voice owner Peter Barbey stated.
"That business has moved online - and so has the Voice's audience, which expects us to do not just once a week, but every day, across a range of media", he said in a statement.
No doubt we'll see many eulogies for the printed paper, which was founded in 1955.
The Village Voice, like most historically print-focused publications, has struggled with the shift to less-remunerative digital advertising.
Barbey purchased the paper from Voice Media Group in October 2015.
The current issue of the Village Voice. It will maintain what it bills as its "iconic progressive brand" with a digital platform and new editorial initiatives as owner Peter Barbey looks to revitalize the company. The paper, which has launched the careers of many prominent writers and journalists, has recently run through a succession of top editors. According to comScore, the brand had 1,318,000 multiplatform unique USA visitors in July. In addition to moving forward, Barbey also said that he was exploring some exciting new opportunities related to its 60 years of archives, which offer a veritable chronicle of America during the post-war period.
The Voice will continue to present the Obie Awards and Pride Awards. Grynbaum points out, the end of its print edition is the "end of a journalism era in New York City".
"I first read The Village Voice in print as a student in the 1970s - that was how I first encountered it and how it became as important to me as it did", Barbey said.
Asked when the change is effective, a spokesperson responded, "The Village Voice is weighing a number of scenarios with a firm timeline to be released in due time".