AAN News

AAN Launches AltWeeklies.com 2.0

After months of planning and preparation, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies today debuted the second iteration of AltWeeklies.com, the association's story-sharing and content-portal website. The new site incorporates many new types of content and organizes it all in a way that makes it much easier for users to find what they are looking for. Read here to learn more about the changes. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  05-22-2008  5:15 pm  |  Association News

LEO Acquired by Ex-Nashville Scene Publisher's Companynew

The Louisville Eccentric Observer was acquired by SouthComm Communications, a company headed by former Scene publisher Chris Ferrell, according to LEO. The change was announced to staff this morning. Pam Brooks will stay on as publisher, but other LEO staffers were not so lucky. Brooks told a local blog that editor Cary Stemle, sales director Kelly Gream, and two other employees weren't offered positions with the new company. SouthComm, which was formed late last year, owns a custom publishing company based in Atlanta, as well as various Nashville websites and magazines.
Louisville Eccentric Observer  |  05-22-2008  4:21 pm  |  Industry News

NOW Magazine Confronts Drop in Print Readershipnew

Canada's Print Measurement Bureau recently released numbers showing a 14.2 percent drop in NOW's readership over the past two years, according to the Globe and Mail. The Canadian daily uses the readership drop as a springboard to examine the state of Toronto's alt-weeklies -- NOW and its competitor Eye Weekly, which is in the same ownership group as the daily Toronto Star. "Alt-weeklies are a particular case. Entirely reliant on advertising revenues, their revenue is not augmented by subscriptions or newsstand sales," the Globe and Mail reports. "At the same time, they're threatened by a panoply of other free offerings." NOW publisher Michael Hollett shrugs off the latest numbers, and says the paper's health is strong. "It's just one of many ways of counting," he says. "Our boxes are empty and business is good." Indeed, the Globe and Mail reports that NOW's ad revenue was up in 2007, and Hollett notes that the paper continues to innovate -- and gain readers -- online.
The Globe and Mail  |  05-20-2008  11:47 am  |  Industry News

AAN.org Introduces Comments

AAN this week is launching a comments feature on stories posted to this site. AAN members must be logged in to read and/or make comments.
AAN  |  05-19-2008  4:22 pm  |  Association News  |  Comments (1)

Make the Most Out of Your Mornings in Philly

In case the seminars, parties and after-parties aren't enough to fill your days at the Convention, our sponsor GPTMC has created special guided morning experiences (from 7:30-9 am) just for convention attendees. On Friday, June 6, you have a choice of a trip that includes a visit to Philadelphia's Magic Garden (and a soft pretzel fresh out of the oven), or Punk Rock Boot Camp, a fun and effective fitness alternative. Saturday morning offers a running or walking loop on the Schuylkill River Trail, as well as a private tour of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall -- including a trip to the rarely visited second floor of Congress Hall. All tours are limited to 25 participants. To register, please email Debra Silvestrin at debra (at) aan.org. Please visit the Special Events page on the Convention website for full descriptions. And if you're looking to explore on Sunday morning after the Convention is over, GPTMC has created a handy guide of potential self-guided tours, including "Brewadelphia," "Philly: A Green Kind of Town," and seven others that you can check out in this PDF.
AAN  |  05-19-2008  2:07 pm  |  Association News

2008 Academy for Alternative Journalism Fellows Named

Ten fellows have been chosen from a field of about 330 hopefuls to attend the Academy for Alternative Journalism summer residency program at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, to be held June 22 to August 15. The academy trains young journalists in long-form feature writing with the aim of recruiting them into the alternative press. "This class has a lot of career-changers, including a flight attendant, a former truck driver and an elementary school teacher," says program director and Northwestern journalism professor Charles Whitaker. "It's one of the most diverse classes we've had in several years." (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  05-15-2008  1:15 pm  |  Association News

Santa Barbara Independent Sales Manager to be Replaced by Two People

We're not sure how big they are, but after 15 years at the Santa Barbara Independent, Tom Morey has left two pairs of shoes to fill. According to a release from the paper, Jen Malkin and Robby Robbins will replace Morey by "dividing the awesome task of sales management." Robbins, who serves on the AAN Board as Classified Advertising Chair, "will concentrate on bringing sales in the door" while Malkin "lords over" production and marketing. And Morey isn't going anywhere: He will remain with the paper as part of the sales management team focusing on the local arts community. (FULL STORY)
Santa Barbara Independent Press Release  |  05-14-2008  10:25 am  |  Press Releases

Judge Says She'll Raise Damages Award in SF Weekly/Bay Guardian Casenew

Judge Marla Miller of San Francisco Superior Court said Friday she's inclined to boost a jury's damages award against the Weekly from $6.3 million to $15.6 million, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Miller, in what she described as a tentative decision, said she would triple the portion of the damages that equals one year of losses, bringing the total to $15.6 million. She also said she'll likely issue an injunction barring the Weekly from continuing to sell ads below cost. She is expected to make a final ruling this week. The Weekly says it will appeal. Read more from the Bay Guardian and the Weekly.
San Francisco Chronicle  |  05-12-2008  10:41 am  |  Industry News

Philly 2008: Gourmet Food, Historic Surroundings and Great Music

Philadelphia City Paper today announced the details of the evening festivities at this year's AAN Convention, and, as always, there will be plenty to ingest, imbibe and experience as attendees catch up with their AAN colleagues. From the opening night "Get on Board the Love Train" reception, featuring food from some of Philly's most well-regarded restaurants, to a closing night party across the street from where the U.S. Constitution was drafted, City Paper has our party needs covered. Other events include a restaurant and pub crawl through the hip environs of an historic neighborhood known as Northern Liberties, and a Saturday afterparty for about 75 attendees at The Roots Family Picnic. More afterparties are in the works -- be sure to check the Convention website for details. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  05-08-2008  3:51 pm  |  Association News

Convention Early Registration and Hotel Deadlines Approaching

This Friday, May 9, is the deadline for early registration for the 31st Annual AAN Convention, June 5-7 in Philadelphia. Early rates are $295 per person for members, and $425 per person for non-members, and each will increase by $50 per person after this Friday's deadline. Registration is available via the Convention website. Next Friday, May 16, is the deadline to book a room at the special AAN rate of $169 single or double occupancy at the Marriott. Hotel rooms can also be booked online. Remember that the hotel could sell out before May 16, so book your room(s) as soon as possible. In addition, this Friday is the deadline for trade show exhibitors to receive a confirmed listing in the convention program. If you have any questions about your listing, or the trade show in general, please contact Debra Silvestrin at debra (at) aan.org or 202-289-8484.
AAN  |  05-07-2008  2:25 pm  |  Association News

Digital Video Ad Guidelines Releasednew

The Interactive Advertising Bureau this week announced the release of guidelines to the most widely used in-stream ad products, including linear video ads, non-linear video ads and companion ads. A committee of 145 leading interactive companies contributed to the guidelines, which aim to simplify video ad buying across multiple sites and make it more efficient.
Interactive Advertising Bureau  |  05-07-2008  11:57 am  |  Industry News

The Mortgage Crisis: Good for the Newspaper Business?new

"The housing sector is, in fact, shoring up newspaper classifieds," City Paper reports. "The collapsed housing sector, that is." The executive director of the Virginia Press Association says there are more foreclosure notices in her papers than she's seen in 30 years. "And it's one category Craigslist can't touch," says City Paper. "Placing a legal notice on Craigslist or some other site won't satisfy municipal distribution requirements."
Washington City Paper  |  05-02-2008  9:00 am  |  Industry News

Seven Days Examines Fair Housing Lawsnew

The Burlington, Vt., alt-weekly explores the world of complex and often contradictory fair housing laws through its own story: The paper has been accused of violating fair housing laws several times, and was fined $45,000 for doing so on one occasion. "'Single occupancy only,' 'Not Section 8 approved' -- these are terms we thought described physical attributes of the property, as in occupancy limits for fire code," notes publisher Paula Routly. "In fact, the pamphlet we were given for reference said that language was OK. Turns out it was designed for landlords, not publishers." The paper also notes the different legal standards for websites like Craigslist and print publications, which has put an even larger burden on alt-weeklies, already facing stiff competition from web-based classifieds. "Even when their users violate state and federal fair-housing laws, the websites themselves are held faultless," Seven Days reports.
Seven Days  |  05-01-2008  8:59 am  |  Legal News

Ownership Reports on Applying Papers Now Available

The reports provide background information on the companies and individuals who hold ownership stakes in the 12 papers that have applied for AAN membership in 2008; they are now available in the Resource Library. The Membership Committee is meeting this weekend in Washington, D.C., to discuss the applicants, and will issue its recommendations prior to the Annual Meeting, which will be held on Saturday, June 7 at the AAN Convention. The applying papers must be approved by two-thirds of the members voting in order to be accepted into the association.
AAN  |  04-30-2008  1:48 pm  |  Association News