The first edition of Westword hit the streets of Denver in September 1977. Over the past 35 years, Westword has gone through many changes -- as has the publishing industry in general, and the alternative newspaper industry in particular. But our basic mission has not changed: to cover (and sometimes ... More >>
Freedom under fire: A Village Voice Media Special Report
Every week, writers for Westword and our parent company, Village Voice Media, produce elegant, magazine-style feature writing, a gritty portion of which comes in the form of true-crime stories. Now VVM has collected some of its best recent true-crime yarns into an ebook: Seven Sins: A True Crime Ant ... More >>
Today, 36 clergy affixed their names to a paid ad and open letter to Village Voice and the classified ad site Backpage.com. The full page ad was published in the New York Times. The religious coalition demanded that we close down our legal, adult classifieds.
WU-hah! If you're going to SXSW this year, be sure to mark Thursday, March 17 on your calendar with a big fat red circle. Austin Music Hall is the place to be from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. for our annual Village Voice Showdown, being co-produced by Frank 151. This year, Wu-Tang Clan is headlining the ... More >>
What would comprehensive immigration reform look like if the Feds got off their duffs?
UPDATED: "WikiLeaks Betrayed by Amazon, Visa, Mastercard---and Worst of All, the Media" Julian Assange of Wikleaks.Where are the First Amendment's establishment warriors as government-spooked businesses try to shut down Wikileaks? Hackers with computers, not hacks with press passes, have be ... More >>
In 2006, Colorado passed what lawmakers called "the toughest immigration laws in the nation." Among them was a law that made it a state crime to smuggle humans. Four years later, Westword takes a look at whether that law is working. As detailed in this week's cover story, "Disappearing Act," ... More >>
Village Voice/Nate "Igor" SmithAll right, Juggalos, shit's getting out of hand now. We just saw some pictures of our dude Method Man with his face bloodied after apparently catching some sort of projectile in the face this past weekend while performing at the now infamous 11th Annual Gatherin ... More >>
One of the longest running battles in the alternative journalism field involves two San Francisco publications, the Bay Guardian and the SF Weekly, a part of the Village Voice Media chain, and a sister paper of Westword. Back in May 2008, as sketched out in the Editor & Publisher piece "Batt ... More >>
Emerging from the sweet-smelling smoke cloud left by the medical-marijuana explosion is Toke of the Town, a new national blog dedicated to all things weed. The blog is powered by Village Voice Media, Westword's parent company and the engine behind geek blog Topless Robot and crime blog Tr ... More >>
When you woke up this morning, did you think you'd be riveted by the story of a Fort Collins kid who may or may not have floated away in a silvery balloon? And if so, are you being treated for assorted ailments at the Capitol Hill Medicine Shoppe? At this point, none of the reporters with the appr ... More >>
A memo by Village Voice Media executives Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin published in the wake of a blog about layoffs at Westword mentions staff reductions across the chain of fifteen alternative weeklies across the country. These moves have been well documented, often by the papers themselves.
In the December 18 blog "Westword: All About Us," publisher and Village Voice Media Chief Operating Officer Scott Tobias offered a relatively sunny assessment of the paper's health, particularly in comparison with daily newspapers in major metropolitian areas. But today, the forecast is far less p ... More >>
The layoffs at Westword mentioned in this blog didn't take place in a vaccum -- and had I not been on vacation until today, I would have seen them coming thanks to a memo issued by Village Voice Media chairman and CEO Jim Larkin and executive editor Michael Lacey (pictured). A printout of the Decemb ... More >>
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they ... More >>
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM.Americans who still think of Latin music as mariachi bands and gyrating Ricky Martins and Shakiras might want to le ... More >>
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM.Pop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Ka ... More >>
In a year worthy of your rage, metal delivered in spades. What with the economy circling the drain and Sarah Palin coming down from the tundra and then refusing to go back, 2008's been the kind of year that really makes you want to smash your head into walls or punch random strangers in the face. Go ... More >>
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records t ... More >>
An interesting cyber-conversation cropped up in Tuesday's blog "Help the Denver Post by Paying Extra for Obama's Mile High Moment," much of it fueled by someone identified as Diane, who made several charges against yours truly. The gist: Village Voice Media, the parent company of Westword, is teet ... More >>
Untangling a proposed alternative-weekly mega-merger.