www.villagevoice.com Wins National Press Foundation Award

Village Voice Website www.villagevoice.com Wins The National Press Foundation Award For Online Journalism

New York, N.Y.— The Village Voice, the nation’s largest alternative weekly newspaper, today announced that their website www.villagevoice.com will receive the prestigious Online Journalism Award from The National Press Foundation. This distinguished honor will be presented during a reception on February 21, 2002 at the Hilton in Washington D.C.

The National Press Foundation is the nation’s premier organization offering issue-oriented professional development programs and awards for journalists. It was established by journalists and communicators in 1975 and merged with the Washington Journalism Center in 1993.

As part of its mission to encourage excellence, the National Press Foundation also sponsors some of the most prestigious awards in American journalism. In 2000, the foundation introduced a new category to its award roster, Online Journalism, and selected the WashingtonPost.com as the first recipient. www.villagevoice.com is proud to be chosen as the 2001 winner of this award. Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, who assisted in judging the award, made the initial selection for this category.

Other 2001 NPF award winners include: CBS News, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, the Sacramento Bee, the Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times. Katharine Graham, the late publisher of The Washington Post, will posthumously receive the W.M. Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award, which the Voice’s own Nat Hentoff won in 1994.

The foundation’s president is Bob Meyers, formerly the director of the Harvard Journalism Fellowship for Advanced Studies in Public Health, and its board is led by Robin Sproul (chairman), Washington Bureau Chief, ABC News; Jacqueline Thomas (vice chairman), Editorial Page Editor, The Baltimore Sun; Sheila Tate (secretary), Vice Chairman, Shandwick Public Affairs, and Walter Wurfel (treasurer), President, WXGM, Incorporated, broadcast consultants.

As the nation’s first and largest alternative newsweekly, The Village Voice maintains the same tradition of no-holds barred reporting and criticism it first embraced when it began publishing in 1955, introducing free-form, high-spirited, and passionate journalism into the public discourse. Writing and reporting on local and national politics, the arts, music, film, dance, and theater, the Voice has foreshadowed virtually every important cultural and political trend. The recipient of three Pulitzer prizes, the George Polk Award, the Front Page Award, the Mike Berger Award, and scores of others for reporting and criticism, the Voice is widely known for its groundbreaking investigations. The Village Voice publishes a weekly newspaper, a daily-updated Web site, www.villagevoice.com, and produces an Internet radio station, www.radio.villagevoice.com.