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Southeast Alt-Weeklies Win Green Eyeshade Awards

Miami New Times, Jackson Free Press and The Memphis Flyer each received first-place Green Eyeshade awards from the SPJ southeastern division. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  06-19-2012  12:20 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Green Eyeshade Awards Honor 3 Alt-Weekliesnew

Miami New Times, The Memphis Flyer and Jackson Free Press took several awards during the recent Green Eyeshade Awards.
Green Eyeshade Awards  |  07-06-2011  4:23 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Business and Specialty Pubs Trending Up?new

"Advertisers find the concept, and the circulation numbers, attractive."
Memphis Daily News  |  08-16-2010  2:21 pm  |  Industry News

Four AAN Members are Finalists in SPJ Green Eyeshade Awardsnew

The Society of Professional Journalists has named the finalists for the 60th annual Green Eyeshade Awards, a regional competition open to news organization in 11 southeastern states. Miami New Times has six finalists in six categories and the Memphis Flyer has six finalists in five categories, while the Jackson Free Press is a finalist in four categories and New Times Broward-Palm Beach is competing in three. Winners will be announced at a banquet this summer.
Green Eyeshade Awards  |  05-27-2010  9:07 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Memphis Flyer is Latest Alt-Weekly to Curate LimeWire Compliationnew

The LimeWire Store has just released Ear to the Ground: Memphis, a free 14-track sampler of local bands curated by the Memphis Flyer. "We're always looking for ways to promote Memphis and its music scene," Flyer music editor Chris Herrington says in a release. "And the Ear to the Ground series, with its great track record in other cities, seemed like a terrific opportunity to do just that."
LimeWire Store  |  04-15-2010  8:57 am  |  Industry News

Memphis Flyer Celebrates 20th Annivesarynew

"Memphis magazine publisher Kenneth Neill somehow managed to convince the company's board members to invest in an idea he had: a free weekly tabloid that would be called the Memphis Flyer," editor Bruce VanWyngarden writes in an introduction to the paper's 20th anniversary issue. "The first issue hit the streets in February 1989." In another column, Neill explains why the paper didn't celebrate the actual anniversary back in February. "February 2009 did not seem a particularly good time for a 20-year celebration," he writes. "The economy was in the toilet, and our spirits weren't far behind."
The Memphis Flyer  |  11-12-2009  8:19 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Memphis Flyer's Landlord Gets Foreclosure Noticenew

The building that houses Flyer parent company Contemporary Media Inc. has been foreclosed and will be sold on the Shelby County Courthouse steps next month, the Memphis Daily News reports. The building is owned by Robert Williams and Huey Holden, according to court papers. Flyer publisher Kenneth Neill tells AAN News it is "way too soon to tell" if the company will be forced to move as a result of the foreclosure.
Memphis Daily News  |  07-10-2009  8:45 am  |  Industry News

Memphis Flyer Cuts Salariesnew

Editor Bruce VanWyngarden reports that employees at Flyer parent company Contemporary Media, Inc. are taking four or eight percent pay cuts, and that the company is suspending its 401(k) matching program. "The cuts are intended to be temporary and will be reevaluated at the end of the second quarter," VanWyngarden writes.
The Memphis Flyer  |  02-06-2009  9:58 am  |  Industry News

AAN Members Fare Well at SPJ's Green Eyeshade Awardsnew

In the non-daily print division, both the Memphis Flyer and Miami New Times won four first-place awards in the annual contest which "recognizes outstanding journalism in 11 southeastern states." The Flyer placed first in disaster coverage, editorial writing, feature reporting, and political reporting. It also tacked on two third-place finishes. Miami New Times finished first in consumer reporting, courts and law reporting, criticism (a category swept by alt-weeklies), and non-deadline news. New Times added one third-place finish as well. In addition, New Times Broward-Palm Beach took home two awards, including a first-place win for sports reporting; while both Mountain XPress and North Carolina's Independent Weekly went home with a second-place award. Winners were announced Saturday in Atlanta.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  07-23-2008  8:39 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Memphis Flyer Columnist's Use of 'HNIC' Creates a Stirnew

"Thanks primarily to a rather sensationalistic story on WREG Channel 3 Wednesday night, John Branston's City Beat column from this week's Flyer seems to be generating some controversy," writes editor Bruce VanWyngarden. In the column, Branston asks who should be "the HNIC" of Memphis City Schools, a term meaning "head [N-word] in charge" that refers to the film Lean on Me. VanWyngarden writes that, as editor, he takes responsibility for the column and the phrase. "I apologize to those who were offended by the use of the term in John's column. It was not intended as a racial slur but as a cultural reference to a very real and important decision facing our school board," he writes. "Lost in the controversy is the fact that in his column Branston asks some very pointed and relevant questions of potential superintendent candidates -- questions we ought to be asking." Nevertheless, the one source the TV station has that is upset about the whole thing is still calling for Branston to be fired.
The Memphis Flyer | WREG-TV  |  05-16-2008  3:37 pm  |  Industry News

Alt-Weeklies Well-Represented in Green Eyeshade Award Finalistsnew

In the non-daily print division, AAN members comprise 16 of the 30 finalists in the Society of Professional Journalists' Green Eyeshade Awards, which "recognizes outstanding journalism in 11 southeastern states." The Memphis Flyer and Miami New Times each has six finalists, New Times Broward-Palm Beach has two, and the Independent Weekly and Mountain XPress each has one.
Society of Professional Journalists (PDF file)  |  05-06-2008  9:07 am  |  Honors & Achievements

The Memphis Flyer Prints its 1,000th Issuenew

In a letter from the editor celebrating the milestone, Bruce VanWyngarden traces the history of the Flyer, from its February 1989 debut to this week's issue. VanWyngarden gives props to previous editors Tim Sampson and Dennis Freeland, as well as Flyer publisher and former AAN Board President Kenneth Neill, and the staffers who rarely get such recognition. "The people who do count are those who create your weekly Flyer -- the writers, editors, art directors, ad sales folks, and others who make this publication possible," he writes.
The Memphis Flyer  |  04-25-2008  8:21 am  |  Honors & Achievements