Village Voice Media Cuts Editorial Staff, Cites Economic Challenges
september 28, 2011 12:53 pm
Editorial staffers at several Village Voice Media publications were laid off yesterday.
MinnPost.com reports that award-winning food writer Rachel Hutton was laid off
by City Pages (Twin Cities)
. In addition, the paper will not replace reporter Erin Carlyle, who resigned two weeks ago.
Four staffers were let go from SF Weekly
: web editor Jake Swearingen, food writer W. Blake Gray, reporter Matt Smith, and calendar editor Hiya Swanhuyser.
Dallas Observer sportswriter Richie Whitt has also been laid off
, and LA Observed says
the cuts have claimed Seattle Weekly
's web editor and a writer at OC Weekly
"These layoffs were in no way a reflection on these journalists; instead, they reflected a still-brutal economy," VVM executive associate editor Andy Van De Voorde told AAN. "Those who lost their jobs yesterday were all very talented, hard-working people. I knew nearly all of them personally, and it's profoundly painful to lose them. I wish them all the best."