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2010 AltWeekly Awards Finalists Announced

The judging process is finally complete and the 159 finalists of the 2010 AltWeekly Awards have been established. Nashville Scene led all papers with eleven awards. In the large-circulation division, Boston Phoenix will snag ten awards and L.A. Weekly will pick up nine prizes at the awards ceremony next month.

The final rankings of the winners will be revealed at the AltWeekly Awards luncheon on July 16 in Toronto during AAN's 33rd Annual Convention. Gustavo Arellano, staff writer for OC Weekly and author of the nationally syndicated weekly column '¡Ask A Mexican!', will host the ceremony.

To see the full list of finalists click here. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  06-01-2010  2:20 pm  |  Association News

Folio Weekly: We've Also Done a Fold-In Cover

Folio Weekly editor Anne Schindler points out that Robert Newman's claim that last week's Village Voice's fold-in cover was "probably the first time" a fold-in had been on the front of a publication is technically incorrect. The Jacksonville alt-weekly ran with a similar idea in 2007. (See the large before and after shots here and here.)
AAN News  |  06-01-2010  1:11 pm  |  Industry News  |  Comments (4)

AltWeekly Awards Finalists to be Announced June 1

After several months of heavy reading and two rounds of evaluating nearly 1,100 entries, the judges of AAN's annual journalism and design competition have rendered decisions. The finalists for the 2010 AltWeekly Awards will be announced on Tuesday, June 1--with the final rankings to be revealed at the AltWeekly Awards banquet on July 16 during AAN's Annual Convention in Toronto.

Now in its 15th year, AAN's editorial awards contest expanded in 2010 to include three new online categories: Individual Blogger, Multimedia, and Music Blog. The awards luncheon in Toronto will be hosted by Gustavo Arellano, staff writer for OC Weekly and author of the nationally syndicated weekly column '¡Ask A Mexican!'.
AAN  |  05-28-2010  3:48 pm  |  Association News

The Village Voice Does a Fold-In Covernew

This week the Voice pays homage to the classic Al Jaffee fold-in back covers for MAD magazine -- but on the front cover. Designer Robert Newman guesses that it is "probably the first time" a fold-in has been on the front of a publication. The cover, put together by art director John Dixon and illustrator Jason Edmiston, poses the question "What's the scariest ride at Coney Island?" and once properly folded in, readers get to learn the answer.
Society of Publication Designers  |  05-28-2010  11:59 am  |  Industry News

Maui Time Art Director Creates Cool Covers on a Tight Budgetnew

Designer Robert Newman leaves the mainland for his latest profile of compelling alt-weekly cover designers. He says Maui Time's Chris Skiles creates "bright, bold, passionate, provocative, and engaging" covers on an average budget of about $20 per issue. "Normally for each cover I have about a day or two to figure out what I'm going to do and execute," Skiles says. "I usually can pull off my covers without using any budget, so I try to save up those unused budgets to hire illustrators from time to time. But even then, it's a bit of begging and bartering to make it happen."
Society of Publication Designers  |  05-27-2010  11:06 am  |  Industry News

SoCal Journalism Award Finalists Include a Handful of Alt-Weekliesnew

The Los Angeles Press Club has announced the finalists for its 52nd Annual Southern California Journalism Awards, and four AAN members and one alt-weekly affiliated columnist are in the running this year. LA Weekly has 23 finalists in 14 categories, including Journalist of the Year (Patrick Range McDonald and Christine Pelisek), Entertainment Journalist (Scott Foundas), Designer (Darrick Rainey) and Online Journalist (Dennis Romero). OC Weekly has five finalists in five categories, including Journalist of the Year (R. Scott Moxley) and Designer (Kelly Lewis). The Pasadena Weekly has seven finalists in six categories, and the Ventura County Reporter has one finalist. Meanwhile, Advice Goddess Amy Alkon is a finalist for five awards, including Journalist of the Year. Winners will be announced on June 27.
Los Angeles Press Club (PDF)  |  05-27-2010  8:54 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Gustavo Arellano, Maher Arar Tapped as Lunch Speakers for Convention

AAN has confirmed the guest speakers for its two lunches at this year's Toronto Convention. Ask a Mexican's Gustavo Arellano will reprise his role as host of the AltWeekly Awards banquet on Friday, July 16. And at the next day's Free Speech Lunch, attendees will hear from extraordinary rendition and torture victim Maher Arar, who was arrested by American immigration officials in 2002 and later deported to Syria. Despite being cleared of all ties to terrorism by Canadian officials, Arar remains on a U.S. terrorist watchlist, so you're not likely to see him speak in America any time soon.
AAN  |  05-26-2010  1:07 pm  |  Association News

Six Alt-Weeklies Pick Up Regional SPJ Awardsnew

The Society of Professional Journalists' Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism competition, unlike many others, features its own alt-weekly division, which pits publications from Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Montana against each other. This year, the Pacific Northwest Inlander led the pack with 13 total awards -- six of which were first-place finishes. Five of the Willamette Week's nine total awards were in first place, and Seattle Weekly won 13 total awards and three firsts. The Missoula Independent won five awards, with two first-place wins. The Eugene Weekly won five awards and the Portland Mercury won one.
Society of Professional Journalists Region 10 (PDF)  |  05-26-2010  8:53 am  |  Honors & Achievements

City Pages Wins a Dozen First-Place Awards in Local SPJ Contestnew

City Pages won 12 first-place trophies at the annual Page One awards Friday, in competition against all of Minnesota's major dailies. The alt-weekly says it is the second year in a row in which they've picked up more first-place wins than both local dailies, the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press.
City Pages  |  05-25-2010  8:22 am  |  Honors & Achievements

The iStory: Telling Stories Across Platforms

How do you choose the right platform for your story? With the Web -- and now mobile -- you have more options than ever. At first glance they seem daunting, but these platforms offer exciting new ways to add depth to your stories and attract new readers. Award-winning multimedia veteran Regina McCombs of the Poynter Institute will be on hand in Toronto to help sort it all out in an hour-long session on July 16. McCombs' courses on video reporting, mobile news, and social media are the gold standard of the news industry, and convention attendees won't want to miss this invaluable session.

"This session is a natural extension of AAN's partnership with Poynter's NewsU to offer our members online training, particularly in the area of new media," said Editorial Chair Julia Goldberg. "Hopefully those who haven't taken advantage yet of AAN's discounts to the NewsU webinars will want to after they attend Regina's session in Toronto."
AAN  |  05-19-2010  1:41 pm  |  Association News

City Pages Wins 17 Local SPJ Awardsnew

The Twin Cities alt-weekly is in line for 17 awards this year in the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' annual Page One Awards. Specific placements will be announced at a May 21 awards banquet.
City Pages  |  04-30-2010  1:41 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Mark Your Calendars: AAN's 2010 Convention Hits Toronto This July

The 33rd annual AAN Convention is heading north to Toronto, where NOW Magazine will host a three-day gathering of enlightening programming, unforgettable parties and crucial networking with your AAN peers. The convention website, which launched today, has the details thus far on programming, registration deals, travel and accommodations, and more. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  04-29-2010  5:16 pm  |  Association News

San Diego Reader Accuses Printer of Fraudnew

Just months after San Dieguito Printers filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the Reader, publisher Jim Holman has filed a cross-complaint against the printer, alleging that it has been profiting off the Reader to the tune of $1 million per year, despite telling Holman its rates were the lowest possible it could charge while still making a minimal profit.
San Diego CityBeat  |  04-29-2010  2:39 pm  |  Industry News

Metro Silicon Valley Redesigns Paper as it Celebrates 25th Anniversarynew

Metro Silicon Valley celebrated its 25th anniversary with a new look and a swanky bash last week, the Mercury News reports. Metro publisher and co-founder Dan Pulcrano says that passion for the product has been what's kept the paper alive for this long. "It's a hard business. You have to love it," he says. "You have to be incredibly passionate about it." Meanwhile, the paper's new design, which features a glossy cover and a new logo, is Metro's first major overhaul in its first 25 years.
Mercury News  |  04-26-2010  12:22 pm  |  Industry News