A few more details have emerged as to why Erik Wemple left the Village Voice (they now will look for their fifth editor in eight months) to return to the Washington City Paper.
From the Voice’s release:
Wayne Barrett, a Voice senior editor and a longtime political investigative reporter, said he asked Mr. Wemple if he had assurances about budget and headcount for the newsroom. “He couldn’t answer that question,” Mr. Barrett recalled in a telephone interview yesterday.
Mr. Barrett said that staff members had asked Mr. Wemple if he would have autonomy over the paper as editor. “There were concerns that the guys in Phoenix would be telling him what to do, and he said he had a strong commitment,” that he would run the paper independently, Mr. Barrett said.
More importantly, what’s going to happen to this party?
Subject: Farewell to Erik – NOTE TIME CHANGE
OK, it’s official. (NB: THE TIME HAS BEEN CHANGED.)
Saturday, June 24
Mike DeBonis’ house, ************
Plenty of food* and drink will be provided. BYO Village Voice to ridicule, burn.
* including veg and gluten-free options