Morning Media Newsfeed: Village Voice Turmoil | NY Post Buyouts | Say Media Layoffs

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Top Editors Abruptly Leave Village Voice Over Staff Cuts (NYT)
The tumult that has characterized The Village Voice in recent years resurfaced on Thursday when the top two editors said they were leaving the weekly newspaper. Will Bourne, who became editor last November, and Jessica Lustig, the deputy editor since January, met with the staff at 11 a.m. on Thursday to announce their departure. In a phone interview, Bourne said that Christine Brennan, executive editor of Voice Media Group, had told them to lay off, or drastically reduce the roles of, five employees on the 20-person staff. Rather than carry out the cuts, he and Lustig resigned and left immediately, in the middle of closing next week’s paper. Gawker We hear that Michael Musto, the Village Voice‘s longtime society columnist and the last remaining vestige of the “classic” Voice, is one of the five Voice staffers targeted for layoffs — the proposed layoffs that caused the Voice‘s editors to quit today. Musto’s column, La Dolce Musto — a quirky mix of nightlife gossip, party talk, gay issues, and whatever the hell else has been happening in his life in the past week — has been running in the Voice for almost 30 years. NY Observer The downtown alt-weekly has been floundering of late. Last August, they had a significant round of layoffs and switched some full-time positions to part-time. Former editor-in-chief Tony Ortega left in September to focus full-time on debunking Scientology, prompting rumors the he was pushed out. Shortly after that, the newspaper chain underwent a corporate restructuring that separated the company’s papers from, the controversial and highly profitable adult online classifieds site that was a key source of revenue. FishbowlNY Bourne succeeded Ortega as editor of the Voice in late November.

New York Post Offers Buyouts; Seeks 10 Percent Staff Reduction (Capital New York)
The New York Post is offering voluntary buyouts to newsroom employees, editor-in-chief Col Allan informed the staff Thursday in a memo obtained by Capital. The paper is aiming to reduce its headcount by 10 percent through the buyout packages, which will be discussed with eligible employees. Allan also indicated the paper could achieve the 10 percent reduction through “other measures if necessary,” suggesting that layoffs are possible if not enough employees accept the buyouts.

Say Media Lays Off 10 Percent of Staff, Aims For Profitability in Second Half of 2013 (TechCrunch)
Matt Sanchez, co-founder and CEO of Say Media (which owns xoJane, ReadWrite, and Dogster), just told me that the company has laid off about 10 percent of its 400-person staff. Sanchez described this as part of Say’s transformation from an ad network to “a digital media company.” The company isn’t getting out of the ad network business completely, but he said that part of Say is relatively mature and that the company’s focus should be on the content side.

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Round Two: More Layoffs at Daily News (Capital New York)
Following Wednesday’s bloodletting, Daily News journalists were bracing Thursday morning for another batch of pink slips to be handed out in the tabloid’s newsroom. A second round of layoffs had been planned for Thursday, Capital has confirmed, with speculation focusing on employees in the tabloid’s outer-borough bureaus in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. Capital New York Colin Myler, editor of the Daily News, and Bill Holiber, the paper’s president, addressed the layoffs that claimed around 20 jobs in the paper’s newsroom over the past two days. “It is a process that has been difficult and painful,” they wrote in a memo to staff Thursday afternoon, which was obtained by Capital.