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Tom Finkel will edit The Village Voice

Riverfront Times Editor Tom Finkel will take over the top spot at the New York alt-weekly this summer, a press release says. The Voice’s previous editor, Will Bourne, resigned in May, telling The New York Times’ David Carr the paper’s owners had told him and another editor “to lay off, or drastically reduce the roles of, five employees on the 20-person staff.”

Full press release after the jump. Read more

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Morning media roundup: Awaiting Philadelphia Media sale; men in suits discuss media

• The news everyone is waiting for: the sale of Philadelphia Media Network, which could happen today. Inquirer reporter Paul Nussbaum reported Thursday on an insurance payback deal orchestrated by George Norcross, one of the investors that may buy the company. He told Amy Chozick and David Carr that the possible sale “won’t change the way I do my job.” Well, “it could change my job, I guess. I could end up as greeter at Walmart next week.”

• Dudes in suits discuss media: That happened Thursday, as Ken Auletta, Walter Isaacson and Marcus Brauchli appeared at an Aspen Institute event called The Future of Content 2020. Here’s a video. Part of my job is blogging about the future of content, so I watched only as far as Brauchli talking about the future of a new Washington Post product called Personal Post: “Ideally what we’d like to be able to do is give people who are interested in that, a front page of content that they’re most likely to be interested in based on their past habits or what they’ve told us they’re interested in or, including, what their friends are interested in.” I’m sure some nuggets from this thing will pop out today.

• The New York Police Department’s Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information, accidentally CC’d instead of BCC’d its press list, giving Jake Dobkin a chance to analyze who’s on it: “there were only 3 email addresses for bloggers, internet-only outlets, and similar publications- Gothamist, Patch, and DNAInfo.”

DC Porcupine scours new Washington Post managing editor John Temple’s blog for instances of him criticizing the paper and finds him taking a swing at media writer Paul Farhi in 2009, saying Farhi “resorts to generalizations about bloggers that wouldn’t make it past any good newspaper editor.”

Protesters gathered outside the Village Voice’s offices in New York on Thursday to deliver a petition denouncing its Backpage.com, which some have linked to sex trafficking. John Buffalo Mailer, son of Voice co-founder Norman Mailer, spoke at the rally. Village Voice Media is based in Phoenix, but good luck getting this kind of coverage there. Read more

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Village Voice responds to religious leaders’ complaints about Backpage.com

Seattle Times | Westword.com | Groundswell Movement

Dozen of religious leaders are calling on Village Voice Media to stop taking adult ads on backpage.com, because of child-sex trafficking that police link to the classifieds. In a full-page ad in Tuesday’s New York Times, the “moral and religious leaders of many creeds and backgrounds” tell Village Voice’s board members and CEO that “we trust that your company shares our outrage over the sex trafficking of minors. While we empathize with your business challenges and the increasingly difficult marketplace in which Village Voice Media competes, we trust that you are committed to running your business without compromising the lives of our nation’s girls and boys.” Village Voice Media says in its response:

The religious coalition demanded that we close down our legal, adult classifieds.

Neither government officials nor God’s advocates can dictate such arbitrary control of business or speech.

In August, this same religious coalition asked for a confidential meeting regarding Backpage.com. We readily agreed. As we prepared to share our information, we were informed that only four members of the coalition would attend.

Village Voice Media then offered to fly, at our expense, all members of the clerical delegation to New York for the conference.

The Voice says “Backpage has spent millions of dollars and dedicated countless resources to protecting children from those who would misuse an adult site. …Complicated issues require sophisticated solutions, not PR flurries.” Read more

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