David Carr reports that Village Voice editor Will Bourne and deputy editor Jessica Lustig have resigned after being asked to implement staff cuts.
Representatives of Voice Media Group have declined to comment.
Updated 2:32 pm: Voice Media Group sent over the following statement:
Voice Media Group today accepted the resignations of editors Will
Bourne and Jessica Lustig. Following their departure, VMG will be
instituting further structural and staffing changes at the publication.
Contrary to published reports, those changes do not involve laying off
five members of the editorial staff.
The proposed changes do include minimal staff reductions, and directly
align with the long-term growth strategy of Voice Media Group. They
will ultimately support the ongoing sustainability of the Village Voice.
VMG believes the editorial team at the Voice must be thoroughly
committed to producing the content and products that best serve its
New York audience. The editorial staff and in particular its leadership
must be fully committed to both print and digital publishing platforms.
We are committed to supporting our incredibly talented editorial staff
throughout this process.
Veteran VMG editor and newsman Pete Kotz will temporarily direct
the talented Village Voice staff while management conducts a search
for a permanent New York editor. The right candidate will focus on
maintaining the journalistic excellence of the Voice while embracing
and enhancing new platforms and areas of consumer interest.