AAN News

How I Got That Story: Dave Mann

Early in his career as a sports writer for The Winchester Star in Winchester, Va., Dave Mann realized he “wasn’t too into sports journalism” and switched gears toward more long form, investigative reporting. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  08-09-2011  10:00 am  |  Honors & Achievements

AAN Convention Day 2: Saints, Sinners and Winners

Only the second day of the convention and already attendees have taken to the culture of New Orleans. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  07-22-2011  11:48 pm  |  Association News

AAN 2011 Convention Warms Up, Literally

The 34th annual AAN Convention is finally here and in full effect. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  07-21-2011  8:41 pm  |  Association News

AAN-Commissioned 'Tax Myths' Piece Crashes Willamette Week's Website

Traffic to David Cay Johnston's piece on tax myths, which ran in 40 alt-weeklies last week, caused Willamette Week's website to crash for about three hours Monday. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  04-20-2011  8:23 am  |  Industry News

As Tax Deadline Nears, 40 Alt-Weeklies Run 'Tax Myths' Piece by Pulitzer-Winning Journalist

With taxes on the minds of most Americans, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN) member papers are doing what they do best: providing an antidote to the myths that the mainstream media, local television news and politicians perpetuate about tax policy. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  04-14-2011  9:32 am  |  Association News

Revamped Diversity Committee Accepting Grants on a Rolling Basis

AAN's Diversity Committee is continuing its work to make alt-weeklies more diverse as it tries to move the panel's mission beyond editorial and reconfigures the process for applying for Diversity Grants. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  04-14-2011  8:10 am  |  Association News

Justin Bieber iPad LeBron WikiLeaks Gawker: Are You Maximizing Your SEO?

Search Engine Optimization is just one of the many sessions planned for AAN's Web Conference in San Francisco. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  12-15-2010  3:15 pm  |  Association News

AAN Names Tiffany Shackelford As Executive Director

Shackelford comes to AAN with a solid grasp of online media, a history of raising money from journalism foundations, and a substantial amount of association management experience. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  10-07-2010  12:36 pm  |  Association News  |  Comments (3)

AAN's Editor Stepping Down

Editor Jon Whiten is leaving the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies; he will be replaced by current Editorial Awards and Advertising Director Jason Zaragoza. Whiten, who joined AAN in January 2006, is stepping down to focus on the local news website and arts & culture magazine he owns and operates in Jersey City, N.J. His last day on staff is March 31, but he will continue as a part-time contractor, overseeing AAN.org, for a month or two, as Zaragoza transitions from his current position into the editor role. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  03-26-2010  11:25 am  |  Association News

Talking Points Memo Launches D.C. Bureau (in the AAN Office Suite)new

"With the opening of its Washington bureau, Talking Points Memo is becoming an ever more powerful player in the online news arena," American Journalism Review reports, rightly noting that the bureau is housed in AAN's office suite in downtown D.C. We've been happily sharing space with TPM since Oct. 1.
American Journalism Review  |  12-07-2009  11:52 am  |  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

Richard Karpel, Erik Wemple Talk About Alt-Media's 'Economic Woes'new

AAN's executive director and Washington City Paper's editor joined the Project for Excellence in Journalism's Mark Jurkowitz and former Washington Blade editor Kevin Naff on a D.C. public-radio show yesterday for a wide-ranging discussion about how the digital transformation, changing demographics and the recession are affecting alternative media.
WAMU-FM  |  11-20-2009  12:12 pm  |  Industry News

AAN Begins Search for New Executive Director

As we announced on Monday, AAN's longtime executive director, Richard Karpel, is stepping down to take the same position at the American Society of News Editors. AAN has placed ads to find his successor on four websites and has received more than 20 applications thus far. The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will do an initial screening of the candidates later this month; after this is complete, President Mark Zusman will appoint a separate committee that will likely meet and interview the finalists and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  10-30-2009  9:24 am  |  Association News

AAN's Executive Director Stepping Down

Richard Karpel, who joined the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies as its executive director in July 1995, is leaving AAN for the same position at the American Society of News Editors. His last day will be Nov. 25, although he has agreed to help the association in an unofficial capacity after that date to assist in the transition to a new staff chief executive. "I have been at AAN for the better part of my adult life, and it has been an incredible ride," he says. "I want to thank all of the AAN members past and present who have made my time here such a rich and rewarding experience." MORE: Here's ASNE's announcement. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  10-26-2009  1:14 pm  |  Association News

Recession Brings Both Clouds and Silver Linings to New Haven Advocatenew

That's what the Yale Daily News finds in a report on how three local news organizations are faring in the downturn. While the Advocate's "circulation is steady," as managing editor John Stoehr points out, publisher Joshua Mamis admits that the paper's page count has decreased. Mamis also notes that although the paper has lost some national advertisers, many local advertisers have remained loyal.
Yale Daily News  |  10-16-2009  12:04 pm  |  Industry News