Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are remarkable journalists who are dedicated to giving back to the community. They are co-founding partners at the Phoenix New Times and the renowned Village Voice Media. Lacey and Larkin donated their settlement money to migrant rights organizations across Arizona. The two journalists received the settlement money, amounting to 3.75 million when they were wrongly arrested for reporting their investigation.
Lacey and Larkin had uncovered the existence of corrupt grand jury proceedings that looked for the investigative reporters’ notes on articles talking about Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The two journalists also reported that grand jury subpoenas wanted to know the people who had read online stories on New Times concerning the Sheriff.
Lacey and Larkin sued the county for the above offenses since they had spent their careers in affirming and defending the First Amendment rights, which currently exists in the United States Court of Appeals. The two journalists are also the owners of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, which aims to support groups fighting for human, civil, and migrant rights. The organization also backs groups advocating for civil participation and freedom of speech across Arizona.
A Closer Focus on Michael Lacey’s Endeavors
Michael Lacey is an outstanding journalist and a role model in the society. Before earning his good reputation, Lacey was a former student from Arizona State University where he had enrolled in the late 1960s but dropped out in 1970. He went ahead to participate in publishing the introductory issue of Phoenix New Times. This was a feedback report of the campus anti-war protests regarding the coverage by ultra-conservative local media.
Michael Lacey’s Involvements
Michael collaborated with Jim co-found Phoenix New Times. The New Times has gained popularity across the nation through its exploration of political and social issues. This has been attributed by the two journalists where Lacey is the executive editor while Larkin controls the advertising sector.
Furthermore, the newspaper’s fame led to its purchase in 1983 by the news and arts weekly of Denver called Westword. As a result, New Times began to embrace a renowned multimillion-dollar conglomerate of papers like Miami New Times, LA Weekly, and the New York-based Village Voice.
Village Voice Media Holdings is well-known for investigative reporting as well as sophisticated coverage of food, music, and arts. Lacey and Larkin’s wise decision to sell the company to a group of company executives, by the end of 2012, led to an increase in the chain to 56 million online viewers and nearly nine million print readers monthly.