You've probably read all about recent defections at the currently chaotic Village Voice, so here's a fresh angle: A reporter actually moving to New York to work for the storied weekly.
Sean Gardiner, formerly of Newsday and currently on the federal courts beat at the Sun-Sentinel's downtown office in Fort Lauderdale, has accepted a job covering New York City's justice system. And it doesn't sound like he's going to pull a Wemple, either. I congratulated Gardiner in electronic fashion today, and couldn't help but ask him the obvious: Is he worried at all about heading to the Voice during these, um, interesting times?
The basic reason I'm going to the Voice is because I'm a dinosaur, at least as far as the daily newspaper business goes. My strength is what I now hear called "long form journalism" (we used to just call it reporting out a story). The dailies don't do much of that anymore. Being a little thick headed, it took me two years to figure it out but I finally got the message that the industry isn't going to suddenly reverse course and go with longer stories.
Also, the move makes sense from a family standpoint. Most of my family lives in the Northeast and we just had our third kid and could use some free babysitting. Besides, there's no place to get a good corn beef sandwich down here.
I've read about some of the stuff going on at the Voice. However it shakes out I look forward to working there. It appears to be the perfect job for me. Over two stints, I've lived and worked in New York for 10 years. I know the landscape, I've got a lot of sources there. Covering the criminal justice system in NYC is the best job I could imagine. And now I'll have the room to write about the stories that really matter without worrying about the daily bullshit.
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More power to Gardiner. The Pulp wishes him well and if Christgau tries to give him any shit, well, I've got his back.