AAN News

Alt-Weeklies Move Toward Free Online Classifieds

To compete with Craigslist and other Web sites, AAN members are turning to different models of free online classifieds, most developed specifically for alt-weeklies. But what seems like a revenue loss can also be an advantage, publishers and marketers say. Some revenue can be gained from upselling and from the new business that a classifieds Web site attracts, and alt-weeklies are in a unique position to build online loyalty because they take their cues from the local communities that they serve. (FULL STORY)
Joy Howard  |  04-18-2006  8:01 am  |  Association News

Ted McGregor: Pitching a Special Section

Putting out a summer guide is not every alt-weekly staff writer's idea of a good time. To produce the Pacific Northwest Inlander's award-winning special section, editor and publisher Ted S. McGregor Jr. gathered his staff in a room and wouldn't let them out until they came up with some ideas that would make the guide not only fun to create but fun to read. This is the 29th in a "How I Got That Story" series highlighting the AltWeekly Awards' first-place winners. (FULL STORY)
Joy Howard  |  12-20-2005  5:02 pm  |  Association News

Michael Shavalier: Setting the Visual Stage

To create his award-winning editorial layout, "Coffin Classics," Miami New Times art director Michael Shavalier mixed studio shots of older Goths with shots of modern, drinking, club-going Goths. When designing in black and white, arresting images and good typography are key, he says. This is the 28th in a "How I Got That Story" series highlighting the AltWeekly Awards' first-place winners. (FULL STORY)
Joy Howard  |  12-18-2005  8:52 pm  |  Association News

Eric Celeste: Unveiling the Inner Workings of a Daily

When he covered media for the Dallas Observer, Eric Celeste wanted to do more than deliver "bee stings" to the local daily. He wanted to delve into the paper's inner workings. His award-winning article, "At the Ripping Point," examined a newspaper consulting company's role in the decline of The Dallas Morning News. This is the 21st in a "How I Got That Story" series highlighting the AltWeekly Awards' first-place winners. (FULL STORY)
Joy Howard  |  12-01-2005  7:17 pm  |  Association News

Susan Cooper Eastman: Exposing the Dark Side of a Christmas Classic

A closer look at one of the icons of Christmas, "Jingle Bell Rock," unveils a tale of dastardly deeds and a lengthy dispute between the family of the song's claimed coauthor and the Nashville music industry. A lot of patient listening and research allowed Folio Weekly staff writer Susan Cooper Eastman to unfold the drama in her award-winning arts feature, "Jingle Bell Crock." This is the 20th in a "How I Got That Story" series highlighting the AltWeekly Awards' first-place winners. (FULL STORY)
Joy Howard  |  11-29-2005  6:05 pm  |  Association News

Tara Servatius: Crunching the Damning Numbers

It wasn't a phoned-in tip that led to Tara Servatius's story for Creative Loafing (Charlotte), "Flawed Priorities," but some statistics she stumbled across on a Web site. Once she started crunching numbers, she was hooked. Her inquiry led her to draw some pointed conclusions about why students at certain Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools were lagging behind other students. This is the 10th in a "How I Got That Story" series highlighting the AltWeekly Awards' first-place winners. (FULL STORY)
Joy Howard  |  11-03-2005  12:06 pm  |  Association News

Gambit Weekly to Return Nov. 1

Even though Hurricane Katrina left its office (pictured) submerged under more than two feet of water, co-owners Margo and Clancy DuBos always knew the paper would make a comeback. "We're about to celebrate our 25th anniversary [at Gambit]," says Margo. "How could I work that hard and get the company where it is and walk away from that?" The paper will initially operate from a temporary office space in Metairie, La., but it will have to do so without editor Michael Tisserand, who has made the difficult decision to relocate with his family to the Chicago area. (FULL STORY)
Joy Howard  |  10-12-2005  8:27 am  |  Industry News

Diversity Internship Recipients Bring Artistic Ambition to Alt-Weeklies

Thabi Moyo and Doron Monk Flake (pictured) won AAN's winter/spring 2005 Diversity Internship grants. Moyo, an aspiring cinematographer and photojournalist, recently completed her internship at Jackson Free Press; while Flake, lead singer of a rock band, covered arts and news for New Haven Advocate. (FULL STORY)
Joy Howard  |  06-13-2005  6:03 pm  |  Association News

MetroBEAT, Battered, Stops the Presses

To outsiders, this month's closing of the Greenville, S.C., alt-weekly must have seemed sudden. There wasn't a farewell issue or ceremonious departure. But for insiders, the demise of the paper played out over months, if not years. (FULL STORY)
Joy Howard  |  04-19-2005  6:13 pm  |  Industry News

What Does RSS Mean for Alt-Weeklies?

An increasing number of media Web sites, including those of alternative weeklies, are exploiting the potential of RSS feeds to improve online traffic and visibility. AAN News takes a look at the benefits and drawbacks of these one-click wonders. (FULL STORY)
Joy Howard  |  04-13-2005  12:42 pm  |  Industry News

Alt-Weekly Writers Bag Book Deals

Freelance journalist Becky Oberg wanted to expand her reportage for NUVO, an Indianapolis alt-weekly, into a book. Carlo DeVito, publisher of Chamberlain Bros., a Penguin imprint, was looking for new projects. Despite the fact that Oberg was, in her words, "an unknown, unagented, first-time author," DeVito called her and asked if she'd turn her story about an Army private's desertion to Canada via an "underground railroad" into a book. Why was a publisher scouring alt-weeklies for book ideas? Says DeVito: "We're always looking for a good story and a new point of view, and that's what a lot of these papers express." (FULL STORY)
Joy Howard  |  09-20-2004  4:02 pm  |  Industry News

Seattle Attorney Gives Tips to Avoid Libel Suits

Joy Howard  |  07-06-2004  4:40 pm  |  Association News