AAN News

Bay Guardian Says it Won't Run City's Public Notice Ads on Websitenew

SF Weekly reports the city of San Francisco is reaching out to a handful of websites to potentially run public notice ads, including the website of the San Francisco Bay Guardian. But Guardian publisher Bruce Brugmann says the paper has no intention of participating. "We don't bid, or go in for these city contracts, and we don't intend to do it now," he tells the Weekly.
SF Weekly  |  06-16-2009  12:39 pm  |  Industry News

Report: Craigslist's 2009 Revenue Will Top $100 Millionnew

The AIM Group/Classified Intelligence estimates the online classifieds network will generate $100 million in revenue this year, an increase of more than 23 percent from Craigslist's estimated revenue of $81 million in 2008. "This is a down market for just about everyone else but Craigslist," AIM Group editorial director Jim Townsend says. To come up with what it calls a conservative projection, the firm counted the number of paid ads on the site for a month and extrapolated an annual figure.
The New York Times  |  06-10-2009  7:50 am  |  Industry News

Backpage.com Announces Enhanced Services

Unique user-features set online classifies website apart from competition (FULL STORY)
Backpage.com Press Release  |  06-03-2009  8:53 am  |  Press Releases

Is Craigslist's New Adult Ad Policy Helping Alt-Weeklies?new

Washington City Paper classified manager Heather McAndrews says that in the first week of May, adult ads were up 38 percent over the same time last year; City Pages publisher Mark Bartel says adult ads there have "almost doubled;" and SF Weekly's adult ad count has jumped from 160 before Craigslist's new policy went into effect to 910 last week. One woman who advertises in both City Paper and Craigslist tells the alt-weekly that Craigslist's "standard is no good because you cannot really describe who you are."
Washington City Paper  |  06-02-2009  3:25 pm  |  Industry News

Who Runs the AAN CAN Ads? [members only]

Richard Karpel  |  06-02-2009  8:03 pm  |  AAN Staff Blog  |  Comments (2)

VVM to Craigslist CEO: There is Nothing Wrong With a Little Competition

In a blog post last Friday, Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster complained that politicians are attacking Craigslist for adult ads while ignoring Village Voice Media and other media outlets that run the same ads, because they have a "need for positive stories and campaign endorsements from those very same newspapers." VVM says it empathizes with Craigslist but finds much to be desired in the company's response. "They have a number of moralistic state Attorneys General threatening them over their adult ads, and a raft of bad press following the terrible tragedy in Boston that the company is admittedly in no way responsible for," VVM says in a press release. "But, the manner in which Buckmaster is responding to this pressure -- by disingenuously lashing out at competitors and caving to political pressure -- is inexcusable, and displays a remarkable lack of sound judgment." (FULL STORY)
Village Voice Media Press Release  |  05-29-2009  12:12 pm  |  Press Releases

Convention Early Registration Deadline is Friday

Be sure to register for the 32nd annual AAN Convention by the end of the day on Friday, May 22 to obtain the early registration rate. The discounted rate for members is $325 per person, and for non-members it's $425. On May 23, rates will increase by $50 per person. Click here.
AAN  |  05-21-2009  9:56 am  |  Association News

Craigslist Will Drop 'Erotic Services' Ads, Create New Adult Sectionnew

Under increasing pressure from attorneys general across the U.S., Craigslist says it is eliminating the Erotic Services ad section and replacing it with an Adult Services section where each post will be manually reviewed and where no "nude or graphic photos" will be allowed. MORE: Read the company's statement here.
ABC News  |  05-13-2009  1:47 pm  |  Industry News

Boston Phoenix Publisher Defends Adult Adsnew

As pressure mounts on Craigslist to tighten its erotic advertising policies in the wake of masseuse Julissa Brisman's death, Rhode Island's attorney general has expanded his focus to include thephoenix.com. But publisher and chairman Stephen Mindich isn't backing down. "I'm not apologizing for carrying adult advertising," he tells the Boston Herald. “What are you going to do? Take down the entire Internet?” ... (Brisman) wasn’t killed by an ad, but by a person."
The Boston Herald  |  05-08-2009  4:07 pm  |  Industry News

A Change Signaling a New Direction [members only]

Richard Karpel  |  05-05-2009  4:29 pm  |  AAN Staff Blog  |  Comments (2)

The Other Paper Parent Company Files for Bankruptcy Protectionnew

Texas-based American Community Newspapers has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection two years after purchasing the Columbus, Ohio, alt-weekly as well as other media properties in the area. The company says the filing will not affect its day-to-operations and that its newspapers and magazines will continue to publish.
Business First of Columbus  |  04-29-2009  8:47 am  |  Industry News

Phoenix Media Tightens Beltnew

The Boston Phoenix and its sister publications are the latest alt-weeklies to cut expenses as the media industry struggles through the recession. The parent company laid off six employees, suspended its 401K matches and cut salaries across the board, with the highest-paid employees giving up considerably more than the lowest.
Boston Phoenix  |  04-24-2009  3:25 pm  |  Industry News