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Groundbreaking alternative paper Village Voice shuts down

Associated Press logoAssociated Press 8/31/2018
An issue of The Village Voice is seen inside a distribution box in the East Village neighborhood of New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. Peter Barbey, owner of The Village Voice since 2015, has decided to no longer produce a print edition of the alt-weekly publication. The company's announcement, made Tuesday afternoon, came as a surprise, a shock and a disappointment to the larger media industry on Twitter. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg © An issue of *The Village Voice* in a distribution box (Photo by Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Im... An issue of The Village Voice is seen inside a distribution box in the East Village neighborhood of New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. Peter Barbey, owner of The Village Voice since 2015, has decided to no longer produce a print edition of the alt-weekly publication. The company's announcement, made Tuesday afternoon, came as a surprise, a shock and a disappointment to the larger media industry on Twitter. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

NEW YORK — The publisher of The Village Voice says the venerable alternative weekly will cease publication.

Friday's announcement by Voice owner Peter Barbey comes three years after Barbey bought the paper and one year after it ceased publishing in print.

Barbey called Friday "a sad day for The Village Voice and millions of readers." He said the paper has been subject to "the increasingly harsh economic realities" facing those creating journalism.

He said staff members have been working to ensure that the print archive of the Voice is made digitally accessible.

The Village Voice was the country's first alternative newsweekly, founded in 1955 by a group that included writer Norman Mailer.

It has received three Pulitzer Prizes and many other awards over the years.

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