AAN News

Developer Arrested for Assaulting Daughter of Independent Weekly Publishers

The daughter of Independent Weekly (Lafayette, La.) publishers Steve May and Cherry Fisher May was reportedly punched and knocked unconscious by a local developer who has been engaged in an ongoing dispute with the paper over its coverage of a state property tax loophole. (FULL STORY)
The Independent Weekly  |  02-24-2012  1:05 pm  |  Industry News

Independent Weekly's Assoc. Publisher Honored by Restaurant Assn.new

Odie Terry was among the winners named at Monday's awards dinner for the Acadiana Chapter of the Louisiana Restaurant Association, taking home the 2008 Associate Member of the Year award.
The Independent Weekly  |  10-22-2009  9:15 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Judge Dismisses Defamation Suit Against The Independent Weeklynew

A judge has dismissed former Stanford Group Company vice president Tiffany Angelle's defamation claim against the Lafayette, La., paper. Angelle had sued the Independent over a story that reported she had given a reluctant investor a Rolex watch and a lavish trip to keep his money in Stanford, which was shut down earlier this year by the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly perpetrating an $8 billion investment scam. In making his ruling, the judge noted that Independent editorial director Leslie Turk, who was also named in the suit, "reasonably relied on a confidential informant whom she believed to be telling the truth and confirmed the accuracy of the source's statement by making a second call to [the confidential source]."
The Independent Weekly  |  09-22-2009  10:14 am  |  Legal News

Ex-Financial Firm VP Sues Independent Weekly for Defamationnew

Former Stanford Group Company vice president Tiffany Angelle has sued The Independent Weekly of Lafayette, La., as well as the paper's editorial director Leslie Turk, for their coverage of the company's alleged $8 billion investment scam and its effect on the local community. Angelle is suing the paper for defamation for an April story that reported she had given a reluctant investor a Rolex watch and a lavish trip to keep his business, but the Independent is fighting the suit, saying it was filed "to obstruct the paper's coverage" of the scandal. The Independent, citing Louisiana's anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) law, filed a motion to strike the suit earlier this month.
The Independent Weekly  |  06-24-2009  11:19 am  |  Legal News

Louisiana Alt-Weeklies Grab Dozens of State Press Awardsnew

Lafayette's The Independent Weekly won 29 awards and New Orleans' Gambit Weekly won 10 in the Louisiana Press Association's annual contest. The Independent snagged first place for Editorial Cartoon, Feature Story, Lifestyle Coverage, Multimedia Element, Web Project and six advertising awards. Gambit won firsts for Regular Column and online advertising. The two papers tied for first place in Community Service/Service to Readers.
Louisiana Press Association  |  04-28-2009  8:44 am  |  Honors & Achievements

More Papers Tighten Belts

Louisiana's Independent Weekly reports that in 2008 it had to lay off one employee and that it recently instituted "a single digit, company-wide salary cut." The Nashville Scene says it is eliminating its books section, as well as News of the Weird and the New York Times crossword. Boise Weekly's publisher says that even though the "last quarter of 2008 was very disappointing ... it might have been the best we will see for awhile." Meanwhile, the Chicago Reader says goodbye to two of its departing editorial staffers, and Nat Hentoff talks to the New York Times about his plans post-Voice.
AAN News  |  01-09-2009  10:30 am  |  Industry News

Alt-Weeklies Honored in Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Awardsnew

Two AAN members placed in the overall General Excellence categories: Louisiana's Independent Weekly finished second in the Class I division and OC Weekly finished third in the Class III division. In addition, both Riverfront Times (Special Sections and Arts and Entertainment) and Westword (Consumer Affairs and Food and Nutrition) were finalists in two story-topic categories. More than 1,100 entries were submitted to the annual contest administered by the Missouri School of Journalism, which calls it "the oldest and best-known feature writing and editing competition in American newspapering."
Missouri School of Journalism  |  08-21-2008  8:12 am  |  Honors & Achievements

AAN's Louisiana Contingent Piles Up the State Press Awardsnew

Both Gambit Weekly and The Independent Weekly went home last month with awards from The Louisiana Press Association. The Independent won a total of 38 awards in the editorial and ad/design competitions. These included first-place finishes on the editorial side in Community Service/Service to Readers Website; Continuing Coverage of a Governmental Issue; Continuing Coverage of a Single News Event; Editorial Cartoon; Feature Story; Lifestyle Coverage; and News Coverage. On the ad/design side, the Independent won first in Ad Campaign; Black and White 1/2 Page or Under (Staff-generated); Black and White Over 1/2 Page (Staff-generated); In-Paper Promotion (Color); and Multiple Advertiser Page. Gambit Weekly took home a total of seven awards in the editorial competition, including a first-place finish in Regular Column.
Louisiana Press Association (PDF file)  |  05-15-2008  8:59 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Independent Weekly Wins Freedom of Information Award and Morenew

The Lafayette, La., alt-weekly was given the Freedom of Information award by the Louisiana Press Association "for its exposure of a questionable land swap deal being proposed by the University of Louisiana in Lafayette," according to a press release (PDF file). Judges of the award called senior editor Leslie Turk's coverage "passionate and vigorous," the Weekly reports. The paper won a total of 20 first place honors in the Association's annual awards -- in categories ranging from investigative reporting to best advertising idea to best website.
The Independent Weekly  |  04-17-2007  8:21 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Judge Rules for Independent Weekly (La.) in Records Casenew

The Independent Weekly (Lafayette, La.)  |  09-13-2006  10:42 am  |  Industry News

Independent Weekly (La.) Launches 'Da Bog' Blognew

The Independent Weekly (Lafayette, La.)  |  09-13-2006  8:43 am  |  Industry News

A Louisiana Journalist, One Year Laternew

"My belief in the importance of impassioned, personal, and informed writing and editing became even more clear after Katrina and Rita unfolded," Editor Scott Jordan writes in the hurricane-anniversary issue of Lafayette, Louisiana's The Independent Weekly. Jordan describes the experiences of local journalists and argues the need for continued coverage of the area by national media (and fellow alt-weeklies). The anniversary issue also includes articles by three former Gambit Weekly writers -- Shala Carlson, Katy Reckdahl and Michael Tisserand.
The Independent Weekly (Lafayette, La.)  |  08-23-2006  12:48 pm  |  Industry News