Media

2002

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  • Villagevoice.com wins the National Press Foundation’s Excellence in Online Journalism Award.
  • Aiming to aid New York City’s recovery in the aftermath of September 11, The Village Voice releases Love Songs for New York, an 18-song compilation CD with 100 percent of the net proceeds from the sale donated to the September 11th Fund.
  • Nat Hentoff is a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.
  • Michael Kamber wins the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Mike Berger Award for “Crossing to the Other Side.”
  • In a transaction with New Times, Village Voice Media agrees to shut down its Cleveland Free Times and New Times agrees to shut down New Times Los Angeles to strengthen their competitive positions in the two markets. In 2003, a Department of Justice consent decree is signed by both parties.
  • Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was named best album and Missy Elliott’s “Work It” was named best single in the Pazz & Jop Music Critic’s poll.
  • Tony Kushner wins the Obie Award for best playwriting for Homebody/Kabul, George C. Wolfe wins best direction for Topdog/Underdog.
  • John J. Gotti, head of the Gambino Crime Family, dies of cancer. He is laid to rest at St. John’s Cemetery in Queens.
  • After 33 years of decentralization in New York City’s schools, the Legislature gives Mayor Mike Bloomberg substantial control over the city schools—with authority to pick both the chancellor and the majority of the school board.
  • The 2nd Annual Village Voice Siren Music Festival. Due to the festival’s growing popularity, a second stage is added, Sleater-Kinney, The Donnas, The Shins, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mooney Suzuki, Liars, Les Savy Fav, The Von Bondies, Shannon Wright, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Bob Log III, and Rye Coalition perform.
  • Run DMC founder and DJ, Jason Mizell (Jam Master Jay), is shot in the head and killed in a Merrick Boulevard recording studio in Queens. His unsolved murder has been linked to fellow Queens-rapper 50 Cent.
  • The Village Voice mourns the passing of editor Ron Plotkin, a 24-year veteran.
  • The Village Voice mourns the passing of former columnist Casper Citron.
  • The Village Voice mourns the passing of former receptionist Mary Wright.
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