(Wemple photo credit: Brendan Smialowski for The New York Times)
It was announced late yesterday that Washington City Paper editor (and dependable Post basher) Erik Wemple, 41, (or as Gawker dubbed him, “whawho?”), accepted the position of editor in chief at the Village Voice in New York City. He will begin in July.
The move is a relatively horizontal one for Wemple. The Village Voice shares the City Paper’s love of muckracking and tackling sacred cows and both are alternative papers with a keen eye for local arts and culture. Similarly, both have had their better days. Readership for the Washington City paper has tapered off in recent years and fewer stores are allowing their papers to be displayed. This is part of the reason why they’ve been forced to hawk their papers at the Metro stations lately. For its part, The Village Voice, once a must-read within New York City, has also seen it’s stature diminish. They’ve gone through four editors in seven months, endured a plagiarism scandal and seen 17 people leave the paper since the the Voice merged with New Times Media in October.
Some questions we’ll be asking about this move: