Village Voice Media President, David Schneiderman, Steps Down

By: E&P Staff

Village Voice Media, which was bought earlier this year by the New Times group of alternative weekly newspapers, has announced that David Schneiderman will be stepping down as president of the company.

Schneiderman has been with Voice Media for 10 years, spending some time as editor-in-chief of the company’s flagship newspaper, The Village Voice, and serving later as CEO of the six-paper Voice chain that he helped to create.

“After living in hotels and on airplanes for the last ten years, I look forward to pursuing business ventures closer to home,” said Schneiderman in a statement. “I have greatly enjoyed my time with the new Village Voice Media and wish my colleagues success in their online and print endeavors.”

A memo from current Village Voice Media CEO Jim Larkin praised Scheiderman’s work at the media company, saying in a statement: “It is in large part thanks to his leadership and vision that VVM exists in its present form, and in the past nine months he has helped position our Web sites to be editorially and financially successful moving forward.”

The company also announced today that Bill Jensen has been named its new head of web and digital operations. Jensen had been working as editor of the Boston Phoenix. The company said that his hiring was part of a company-wide push to expand the Web site and would coincide with the hiring of a new group of dedicated Web editors and designers.

“Village Voice Media has the best storytellers in journalism on the ground in seventeen cities,” said Jensen in a statement. “The opportunity to enhance the stories they tell each week in new ways, with new media tools, while at the same time providing compelling hourly content, is my charge.”

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