AAN News

Sacramento News & Review Celebrates 20th Anniversarynew

"In the early years, SN&R was panned, dissed, scoffed at and boycotted. We were also loved and welcomed," founding editor Melinda Welsh writes. "Somehow -- story by story, column by column, brainstorm by brainstorm -- the paper managed to take root and gain ground." The alt-weekly celebrates the anniversary this week with a special issue featuring pieces from a wide variety of folks involved with the paper over the years.
Sacramento News & Review  |  04-23-2009  8:12 am  |  Honors & Achievements

LEO Weekly Tightens Beltnew

The alt-weekly's 17 staff members are taking a five percent pay cut this quarter to cope with the economic downturn, the 'Ville Voice reports.
The 'Ville Voice  |  04-14-2009  9:04 am  |  Industry News

Buy Three Convention Registrations, Get One Free

AAN is once again offering free registrations this year for members who send several staffers to the convention. With every three paid registrations from one newspaper, that paper will get one registration for free. There's no limit to the offer, so the more people sent, the more money saved.
AAN  |  04-08-2009  2:45 pm  |  Association News

Convention Program Focuses on Web Publishing, Evolving Biz Models

"It's clear that the old days of relying solely on display and classified advertising are over," AAN executive director Richard Karpel says. "So this year's convention will feature a great deal of programming on new products and revenue streams, and new business strategies." Seizing opportunities and getting through the recession will also be big topics this year in Tucson. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  04-07-2009  3:36 pm  |  Association News

Has Boulder Weekly Changed its Policy on Adult Ads?new

In 2001, the alt-weekly adopted a new policy eliminating "adult" ads. But after taking a glance at the Personals section of a recent issue of the Weekly, Westword's Michael Roberts thinks the paper has reversed course. Weekly publisher Stewart Sallo tells AAN News via email that Roberts is incorrect. "Boulder Weekly's policy on 'sex ads' has not changed," he says. "We discontinued our adult advertising section in 2001 and redrew the line to eliminate ads that contain images that explicitly objectify women."
Westword  |  04-03-2009  5:25 pm  |  Industry News

Free Press Advocate to Speak at Convention

Lucy Dalglish, the executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP), will be the First Amendment Lunch speaker at this year's AAN Convention. She will discuss what we can expect from the Obama administration in terms of open government and press freedom issues. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  04-02-2009  1:35 pm  |  Association News

Dan Savage to Host AltWeekly Awards Luncheon

The Stranger's editorial director and syndicated sex columnist has been tapped to reprise his role as host of the AltWeekly Awards Luncheon at this year's AAN Convention. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  04-01-2009  1:44 pm  |  Association News

Arkansas Times Institutes Temporary Pay Cuts for Some Staffnew

Publisher Alan Leveritt said yesterday that about a third of the 41 people who work at the Times and the company's other publications will see temporary pay reductions of 4-7 percent starting next month. Lower paid employees were exempt from the cuts. The paper says it also recently laid off a receptionist and converted a full-time job on El Latino, its Spanish language weekly, to part-time.
Arkansas Times  |  04-01-2009  8:25 am  |  Industry News

More on the Los Angeles CityBeat Closurenew

"I had a great morning today," CityBeat publisher Will Swaim told L.A. Weekly on Friday. "I came to work and hurled in the 'executive bathroom,' brushed my teeth and made the announcement." Swaim and senior editor Matt Fleischer both say there hadn't been any chatter about the paper closing in the last few weeks, and there wasn't any discussion of making CityBeat biweekly or online-only. MORE: The Los Angeles Times says the paper's closure "will -- at least temporarily -- silence more critical voices on arts and entertainment in Los Angeles."
L.A. Weekly | Los Angeles Times  |  03-30-2009  8:43 am  |  Industry News

Ruling Expected Soon in Creative Loafing Bankruptcy Casenew

After hearing more testimony yesterday on whether CEO Ben Eason should retain control the six-paper chain or if it should be turned over to its biggest creditor Atayla Capital Management, Judge Caryl Delano Delano said she will ask both sides to submit written closing arguments, which she will mull over for several days before making a ruling. MORE: Read dispatches from former CL employees Ken Edelstein and Alex Pickett.
Creative Loafing (Tampa)  |  03-18-2009  8:45 am  |  Industry News

Forecast: Digital Ad Spend Only Bright Spot for Local Medianew

BIA Advisory Services and the Kelsey Group predict that U.S. local ad revenues will continue to decline through 2013. The only segment that is expected to grow in the next four years is local interactive, which includes mobile, local search, online verticals and classifieds, voice search and email marketing. BIA and Kelsey are forecasting revenue growth in that sector from $14 billion in 2008 to $32.1 billion in 2013.
The Center for Media Research  |  03-17-2009  12:32 pm  |  Industry News

Willamette Week Introduces Cost-Cutting Measuresnew

The Portland, Ore., alt-weekly was the latest to announce company-wide salary reductions yesterday. Effective March 16, staff pay will be reduced by 8 percent, while owners Mark Zusman and Richard Meeker will reduce their own pay by 25 percent. The move was made to keep the paper profitable for the balance of 2009. At the same meeting, Meeker, who is WW's publisher, announced that this week's paper was the largest since November and that ad sales for the spring appear ahead of budget.
Willamette Week  |  03-13-2009  8:54 am  |  Industry News

Creative Loafing Back in Bankruptcy Court Todaynew

Atalaya Capital Management said in court this morning that if it assumed control of the six-paper chain, it would continue to operate the newspapers "as a going concern" and put more money into the company rather than sell it off, Wayne Garcia reports. Atalaya, CL's biggest creditor, is seeking to wrest ownership of the company from CEO Ben Eason because it has "lost confidence" in his management. MORE: Later in the day's hearing, an expert on valuation testified that CL's value as a company had dropped more than $7 million in the three months after it declared bankruptcy. CL will make its case in court on Thursday.
Creative Loafing (Tampa)  |  03-11-2009  1:27 pm  |  Industry News

Creative Loafing Cuts Executive Compensationnew

Starting in April, the six-paper chain will cut executive compensation by five to 15 percent, Washington City Paper's Erik Wemple reports. On a conference call today, COO Kirk MacDonald said that he and CEO Ben Eason will take the 15 percent cut and that others -- including publishers, sales executives, and top editors -- will get more moderate slices. Wemple is glad he didn't have to implement another round of layoffs. "This approach makes way more sense," he writes. "No depressing discussions with the staff today!" MORE: The Chicago Reader and Creative Loafing (Tampa) weigh in.
Washington City Paper  |  03-04-2009  12:43 pm  |  Industry News