The Vital Voice
has ceased publication until January 2010.
The monthly newspaper serving St. Louis' LGBT community published its last issue for 2009 in September. Voice publisher and owner, Pam Schneider, tells Daily RFT that she decided to shutdown the paper for the rest of the year to concentrate on a redesign of the publication.
The Voice is also leaving its current space in the city's Grove Neighborhood for a yet-to-be-determined location. Schneider, who owns the building that now houses the paper, says she's selling the property. She hopes to relocate in The Grove or Central West End neighborhoods.
"The economics of it all -- with us moving offices and doing a major redesign -- it just made sense to take the time and money we need to focus on coming out in 2010 the way we want," she says.
Schneider declined to provide details of the redesign and whether the paper would transition into a glossy or keep its current tabloid format. Schneider founded the Voice in 2000 a year after St. Louis' previous LGBT paper, News-Telegraph, closed its doors after nearly 20 years in business.
Schneider says the Voice has a monthly circulation of between 13,000 to 15,000 and will continue to provide online content during the temporary shutdown of the print edition.
In addition to printing the Voice, Schneider also publishes the Pride Pages, a directory of St. Louis businesses that are either LGBT owned and operated or LGBT friendly. The annual directory last came out in June and will not be affected by changes at the Voice, says Schneider.