We focus on the shakeup at the Village Voice, where one of the paper’s top investigative reporters was fired and two of its prize-winning writers resigned following a merger with the New Times Media–a chain of weekly newspapers based in Phoenix. In this week’s issues, about 20 staffers wrote an open letter protesting the dismissal of James Ridgeway–the paper’s Washington correspondent and one of its chief investigative reporters covering national news. Ridgeway had written for the paper for over 30 years. We speak with Ridgeway as well as Village Voice reporters Nat Hentoff, Tom Robbins, Sydney Schanberg–who recently resigned from the paper–and two reporters who have been following the story closely, Mark Jacobson and Tim Redmond. [includes rush transcript]moreless
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