AAN News

Deadline to Apply for AAN Membership Extended to Feb. 19

The application deadline for newspapers to apply for AAN membership has been extended two weeks to Feb. 19. You can download an application here, or contact AAN to have one mailed to you. Find out more about admission guidelines and membership requirements here.
AAN  |  02-05-2010  3:36 pm  |  Association News

Videos, Presentations from Web Publishing Conference Now Available

Scores of alt-weekly staffers descended on San Francisco's Argonaut Hotel last week for AAN's 2010 Web Publishing Conference. Publishers, editors, ad sales managers and others came together for one-and-a-half days of virtually non-stop panels and presentations on how best to manage digital publishing now and in the future. If you weren't able to make it to the conference, or want to share what you learned at a particular session, you can check out videos from nine of the 12 sessions and PDF presentations of several sessions in the Resource Library. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  02-04-2010  5:47 pm  |  Association News

Center for Independent Media President to Kick off Web Conference

David Bennahum will kick off AAN's 2010 Web Publishing Conference with a keynote address on the rise of new media amidst the collapse of the newspaper industry. Bennahum has been following new media since 1994, when he began writing for Wired magazine; additional reporting of his on the rise of the internet and its impact on our culture has been published in The New York Times, New York magazine, and The Economist. His Center for Independent Media, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization, publishes six public-interest news sites around the country (many of which feature alt-weekly alums as reporters). Bennahum's talk will be Thursday, Jan. 28 at 9:15 am, kicking off a day and a half of intensive web publishing programming. For more details on the conference, click here.
AAN  |  01-22-2010  1:30 pm  |  Association News

Want to Help Haiti? South Florida Alt-Weeklies Will Match Your Donations

Miami New Times, New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Village Voice Media have already cut one check to the Partners in Health relief organization, and they are now offering to match any other AAN paper's donation, up to a total of $10,000. We caught up with Miami New Times publisher Kevin Thornburg to find out a little more about the project. (FULL STORY)
AAN News  |  01-15-2010  6:04 pm  |  Industry News

Ken Doctor Scheduled to Speak at Web Publishing Conference

Leading journalism analyst Ken Doctor will help kick off AAN's Web Publishing conference with a big-picture talk on the future of news as we enter the first truly digital news decade. He will speak on the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 28 at the San Francisco conference, which you can find out more about here and register for here (early registration discounts have been extended until this Friday). We recently caught up with Doctor via email to find out more about his upcoming book, and how he thinks alt-weeklies are positioned to emerge in the digital future. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  01-12-2010  5:20 pm  |  Association News

Register Today: Limited Space Available at AAN West Conference

With well over 150 registrants from 20 AAN member publications, the 2010 AAN West conference, slated for Jan. 29-30 in Berkeley, is already exceeding expectations. Seats are limited, so interested publications should register their attendees soon to guarantee admission to the conference. Detailing programming information and links for registration can be found at this link. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  01-08-2010  3:31 pm  |  Association News

Early Registration & Hotel Deadlines for Web Conference Approaching

The deadline for early registration at this year's Web Publishing Conference is Monday, Jan. 11. To take advantage of savings of $50 per person, be sure to register (via this link) before Jan. 12 rolls around. Monday is also the deadline for the special AAN rate ($120 per room) at San Francisco's Argonaut Hotel, where the conference will be held. To find out more about the Web Publishing Conference, which is slated for Jan. 27-29, click here.
AAN  |  01-06-2010  5:05 pm  |  Association News

2010 Membership Applications Now Available

The application deadline for newspapers to apply for AAN membership is Feb. 5, 2010. You can download an application here, or contact AAN to have one mailed to you. After a rigorous vetting process, the Membership Committee will issue its recommendations prior to July's convention in Toronto, where all members will have the chance to vote on the applicants. You can find links to the Membership Committee's admission guidelines and the AAN bylaws on the Membership page of our site. If you have any additional questions about membership, please call 202-289-8484 or email Debra Silvestrin at debra (at) aan.org.
AAN  |  01-06-2010  12:48 pm  |  Association News

Web Publishing Conference Programming Shapes Up

Although we're still nailing down some final details, much of the programming for this winter's Web Conference at San Francisco's Argonaut Hotel has been finalized. From Twitter to digital display ads to iPhone apps to email newsletters, the most important digital publishing topics for AAN members will be tackled in a mix of plenary sessions and workshops during the conference, which will take place Jan. 27-29. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  12-22-2009  6:25 pm  |  Association News

Committee Looking at Ways to Grow AAN

As the news industry changes, AAN is considering changes as well, including possibly growing the association's membership. A new advisory committee tasked with exploring potential ways to do just that met for the first time last week via conference call; here's what they discussed. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  12-21-2009  3:14 pm  |  Association News

East Bay Express Hosting Office Tour Prior to AAN West Conference

On Friday, Jan. 29 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, the East Bay Express will host a tour of its office in Oakland before the AAN West conference gets rolling later that day, walking attendees through the paper's production process as a way to start a discussion about creating an accurate and efficient operation. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  12-14-2009  2:14 pm  |  Association News

Gannett Quietly Closes Distribution Network in Jackson

A few years ago, threatened by media giant Gannett's attempt to control local print distribution via The Distribution Network (TDN), the Jackson Free Press and other local publishers banded together to form the Mississippi Independent Publishers' Alliance (MIPA). MIPA then began a process of buying, placing and managing its own system of multi-publication news boxes around the city. Now it looks like MIPA's efforts paid off. JFP publisher Todd Stauffer tells AAN News that the Gannett-owned Jackson Clarion-Ledger has quietly picked up all their TDN boxes and apparently closed out their program. "I'm not sure if this is a trend company-wide for Gannett, but it looks like the 'control-free-distribution' chapter is no longer in the Gannett playbook for Jackson," he says. (FULL STORY)
AAN News  |  12-10-2009  3:02 pm  |  Industry News

AAN West Schedule and Hotel Accommodations All Set

After a one-year absence, AAN West is returning to the Bay Area this winter. The conference will be held on Jan. 29 and 30 in Berkeley immediately after the Web Publishing Conference in San Francisco. The conference website is now live, and it has all the info you need on programming, hotels and registration. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  12-08-2009  4:31 pm  |  Association News

Update on the Executive Director Search

On Nov. 20, AAN officially stopped accepting applications for the executive director position. Since then, the Executive Committee has narrowed a list of more than 75 candidates to a group of eight individuals. At the same time, the committee created a Hiring Committee to oversee the rest of the process; this newly formed committee's first task will be further winnowing the group of eight down to a smaller group of finalists, who will then be invited to AAN headquarters in Washington, D.C. for interviews. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  12-04-2009  11:46 am  |  Association News

Registration for Web Publishing and AAN West Conferences Now Open

After a one-year absence, both AAN West and the Web Publishing Conference are returning to the Bay Area this winter. The Web Publishing Conference will take place Jan. 27-29 at the Argonaut Hotel near San Francisco's famed Fisherman's Wharf, and AAN West will happen Jan. 29-30 across the bay in Berkeley. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  11-23-2009  9:16 pm  |  Association News