What’s new: More news and an improved Web site with Manhattan-wide coverage

Page One of the Jan. 3, 2019, print edition of The Villager.

You may have noticed some changes lately with our Manhattan newspaper group — The Villager, Villager Express, Chelsea Now, Downtown Express and Manhattan Express.

As of mid-September, we are now part of Schneps Media.

We already were the New York City metro area’s largest community newspaper group when we were NYC Community Media / Community Newspaper Group.

Now we’re even bigger.

As with any ownership transition, there are going to be some changes. One terrific one is that we now have more reporters than before, which is helping us expand our coverage.

In turn, that additional staffing is going to allow us to do more daily online posting, so that we will be even more of a go-to daily news resource for our readers. We are also making tech improvements on the editorial side to allow us to streamline our process and ratchet up our daily posting to higher levels — and we will get there quickly.

Page One of the Jan. 3, 2019, issue of Chelsea Now.

Also, significantly, in terms of our online presence, we are launching a single unified Web site that brings together all of our Manhattan newspaper brands, under which you will find content for all of our papers serving the borough.

Again, this will create a stronger, more dynamic online site for our award-winning papers and a more powerful news resource, in general, for readers.

Some of our sites were stronger than others, so by combining them, the idea is that “a rising tide will lift all boats.” Plus, readers won’t have to jump around between different pages, but will find everything they were looking for — and more — in our “one-stop” site.

We’re very excited about launching this powerful new Web site.

Page One of the Dec. 27 Manhattan Express.

In short, our goal increasingly is to become your source for the best and latest local Manhattan news, features and arts reporting in your neighborhood, as well as events listings.

More to the point, in an age of shrinking media, one area continues to thrive — community news. That’s because people crave local news, they’re passionate about it. They want to read about news that directly affects their lives and their communities.

So we are still here, and we intend to stay here, doing what we love doing and what are readers want.

Page One of the Dec. 27 Downtown Express.

Important to note, our print editions also are still going strong, as the enjoyment of reading and simply holding expertly designed pages in one’s hands (no battery needed!), and visually appreciating well-displayed photographs and good design, has not faded. And many hope it never will.

On that note, we’re also striving to bring even greater attention to design detail to make our print products look even better. And, of course, we continue to feature stunning photos — by some of the best photographers New York City has to offer.

In short, yes, we have been going through some changes, as you probably have already noticed, but we believe they’re making our products even better. Nothing stays the same forever; we all must change with the times. But in an era of dramatic media shrinkage, we’re thriving — and always aiming to improve.

2 Responses to What’s new: More news and an improved Web site with Manhattan-wide coverage

  1. The Villager has become a terrific source for information in the way that the Village Voice once was back in the day. But please don't follow their path going forward. They spread themselves too thin and went from serving a specific neighborhood that everyone wanted to know about to becoming a bland overview that no one wanted to know anything about. Please don't do that. Morningside Heights issues are not our issues, and downtowners issues are not Harlem's issues, so please, be careful.

  2. I used to look forward to opening my mailbox on Friday evening, taking out the Villager, and finding out what was happening in my neighborhood from people who know and love it.
    Now, not only does the paper often arrive the following week (sometimes as late as Tuesday), making any "breaking news" stale and useless, but now I almost dread reading it because of the extent to which it's changed.
    I don't subscribe to The Villager for reviews of Netflix series. Or previews of luxury retail in Hudson Yards. Or listings of unaffordable apartments around the HighLine. Or, for that matter, for crime reports from other parts of the city. I read it (or did) for hyper-local reporting on people and issues I know and care about—information I can't find elsewhere.
    I never thought I'd say this, but there is often more news (albeit very poorly written, edited, and fact-checked) in WestView News–a monthly–than there is in a month of Villagers. I usually end up throwing that paper on the floor in disgust, but I also usually glean some vital news from it.
    I'm afraid The Villager's new owners have ruined the paper's content, design, and neighborhood spirit. I notice that many of the longtime writers have disappeared.
    The previous owners made changes, but they kept the paper's identity. I don't know what the motive is here, but the effect is callous and alienating. Add to that the pages and pages of advertising (yes, I know they pay the bills) and I feel like I'm reading a low-rent version of the Daily News.
    I realize that the Village has changed—I've lived here since the early 70s—but what remains of the great traditions of this neighborhood and community deserve to be respected, and the Villager has taken a sharp turn in a different direction.
    I won't be renewing my subscription.

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