Recently I was chatting with a friend about how the relevance of the alternative weekly newspaper seems to have changed over the years, with the rise of web-based outlets and resources. I still remember the “old days” (the mid-90’s) when NYC apartment seekers would line up in Astor Plaza on Tuesdays to grab the first copies of the Village Voice before racing to available no-fee apartments. Now, many people read alternative media online and use Craigslist for buying/selling/renting.
The New York Times reports that Village Voice Media will be acquired by New Times Media, creating a large network of alternative weeklies in 17 markets. If the deal is approved, it will be interesting to watch how the group develops its web strategy, which according to the article will include “a new alternative media Internet portal.”