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Village Voice Lays Off Michael Musto, Michael Feingold in Restructuring

Freelance food writer Robert Sietsema also out as regular contributor as part of shakeup

Michael Musto and Michael Feingold will no longer be heard at the Village Voice.

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Voice Media Group announced Friday that it has let go long-time gossip columnist Musto and theater critic Feingold from the Voice staff as part of a restructuring. Musto and Feingold will part ways with the Voice as of next week.

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Freelance food writer Robert Sietsema has also been cut as a regular weekly contributor for the publication.

The Voice has brought aboard writer/editor Laura Shunk as a part-time staff writer to oversee the Voice's food and restaurant coverage online and in print. Management for Village Media Group is also seeking to hire a new full-time writer for its reporting team.

Last week, Voice editor Will Bourne and deputy editor Jessica Lustig abruptly resigned from the paper, after being told by Voice Media Group executive editor Christine Brennan to lay off or otherwise reduce the roles of five employees at the paper, the New York Times reported at the time.

Village Media Group issued a statement as it ushered Musto and Feingold toward the door, saying that it "recognizes their many achievements and honors over the years, and thanks them for their loyalty, their professionalism, and the iconic role they have played in establishing the Voice as a cultural touchstone in New York City."