The Burlington, Vt., alt-weekly has promoted three longtime employees to associate publisher positions. Online editor Cathy Resmer, creative director Don Eggert and sales director Colby Roberts will retain their current roles while taking on an increasing number of projects in the publisher realm. "Cathy, Don and Colby have emerged as real leaders at Seven Days and have a lot to do with how far we've come as a media company," says publisher and co-editor Paula Routly. "We want to recognize that by entrusting them with more responsibility for our future growth and development."

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Mark Donald has been involved with the Observer on and off for more than ten years, including stints as associate editor and staff writer. Since leaving the paper in 2004, he has worked at Texas Lawyer and D magazine. He begins in mid-January, following the departure of Julie Lyons, who is stepping down to write a book based on her Bible Girl columns.

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The March 15 issue of the Burlington, Vt. weekly contains a letter to the editor from Donald Fell, who was sentenced to death for the 2000 kidnapping and murder of Terry King. In the letter, which can be read here (fourth item down), Fell writes, "I live every day in abject sorrow. Not for myself, but for these righteous people, these innocents whose lives I have destroyed." Fell's trial was the focus of media attention because he is the first person to receive the death penalty in Vermont in 50 years; a representative of The Campaign to End the Death Penalty forwarded the letter to Seven Days. Burlington TV station WPTZ interviewed his victim's daughter, who said, "He sums it up in two paragraphs. That's not remorse."

Continue ReadingDeath Row Inmate Apologizes in Letter to Seven Days

Don Eggert is an art director who loves deadlines: he thrives on the challenge of working against time constraints and enjoys the sense of relief that a job is done. He spent two hours, start to finish, creating his award-winning layout, "The Blogger." This is the 35th in a "How I Got That Story" series highlighting the AltWeekly Awards' first-place winners.

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The filmmaker pulled his three-page essay from the Village Voice at the last minute because he didn't approve of the paper's choice of art for its front cover. According to the New York Post's Page Six gossip column, editor-in-chief Don Forst wanted to run a still from the film "Brown Bunny" in which actress Chloe Sevigny performs oral sex on Gallo, the film's star and director. Gallo, however, wanted the Voice to run his photo self-portrait, claiming its full-page publication was a condition of his involvement. Voice publicity director Jessica Belluci told the Post, "When he got wind that we wanted to use another image for the cover, he got all bent out of shape and pulled the whole thing."

Continue ReadingVincent Gallo Pulls Essay from the Village Voice

Richard Goldstein, an executive editor who joined The Voice in 1966, was laid off last Monday in an ongoing restructuring that has seen the departure of at least a half-dozen editorial staffers, reports The New York Times. (Goldstein says he was fired, not laid off.) Publisher Judy Miszner tells the Times that advertising "could be better," and that the layoffs are an "ongoing thing relative to the changing environment and changes in how our audience is looking for information." Editor-in-chief Donald Forst says the restructuring is "tied into our efforts going from a weekly product to, with the Web, daily journalism electronically, in which we're putting stuff up on a daily basis, sometimes on an hourly basis."

Continue ReadingThe Village Voice Reduces Editorial Staff