AAN News

Layoffs Reported at Four Additional AAN Papers

As part of company-wide cuts at Creative Loafing, Washington City Paper and Creative Loafing (Charlotte) have each reportedly laid off two employees. In addition, Mediabistro is reporting on an unspecified number of layoffs at L.A. Weekly, and the Valley Advocate says that last week associate publisher Do-Han Allen and circulation manager Jeffrey Owczarski became "the latest casualties of a series of year-end layoffs by our parent company." A few days after his paper laid off seven, Creative Loafing (Tampa) editor David Warner dedicates his editor's note to a list of "the Top 10 Reasons Layoffs Suck."
AAN News  |  12-24-2008  9:17 am  |  Industry News

The Valley Advocate Celebrates 35th Anniversarynew

To mark the occasion, the paper has put together a package reflecting not only its 35th anniversary, but its purchase last winter by Newspapers of New England Inc. During "seven-plus years of corporate ownership" under the Hartford Courant and the Tribune Company, the Advocate "found itself in the hands of a corporation that prized uniformity over individuality, that worried more about its shareholders than its readers, that bought into a world view that has become endemic in mainstream publishing," editor Tom Vannah writes. "More than a simple marking of time, then, this 35th anniversary is part of the Valley Advocate's rediscovery of the virtues of being an independent alternative to the corporate brand of media we were born to challenge."
The Valley Advocate  |  09-18-2008  9:38 am  |  Industry News

Tribune Co. Daily Sells Valley Advocatenew

The Hartford Courant announced plans Tuesday to sell the Valley Advocate, an alt-weekly covering western Massachusetts, to Newspapers of New England Inc., which owns newspapers in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Editor & Publisher reports that the sale lets the Courant focus its attention on its properties in Connecticut. The Advocate will continue to share content and do cross-market sales with the remaining alt-weeklies the Courant purchased in 1999 from New Mass. Media: the Hartford Advocate, the New Haven Advocate and Fairfield County Weekly. The sale is expected to close later this month; terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Hartford Courant | Editor & Publisher  |  12-12-2007  8:14 am  |  Industry News

Valley Advocate Starts Partnership With Bilingual Newspaper

In an effort to reach out to the region's growing Hispanic population, the Western Massachusetts alt-weekly has entered a content-sharing partnership with La Prensa del oeste de Massachusetts (The Press of Western Mass.), a monthly English-Spanish newspaper. La Prensa's editor and publisher Natalia Munoz will contributing an occasional column to the alt-weekly, and some Valley Advocate stories will run in La Prensa. In addition, the Advocate is rolling out an ad campaign targeting La Prensa's Hispanic readers. (FULL STORY)
New Mass. Media, Inc. Press Release  |  07-09-2007  3:58 pm  |  Press Releases

Valley Advocate Joins Other Papers in Voluntary News Box Agreementnew

The memo seeks to avoid regulatory legislation of news box placement in the town of Greenfield, Mass. Under the agreement, labels with names and phone numbers of those responsible for it will be on each box, according to the Republican. Meanwhile, town officials are studying legislative approaches in case the publishers' agreement doesn't fix the problems of overcongestion, disrepair and poor placement.
The Republican (Springfield, Mass.)  |  04-27-2007  8:20 am  |  Industry News

Valley Advocate Collects Two Firsts at 2006 NEPA Awards

Grand Band Slam 2005 and The Valley Advocate's Wedding Guide, I Do, grab top honors at the New England Newspaper Association's Annual Awards (FULL STORY)
New Mass. Media Press Release  |  02-21-2007  10:29 am  |  Press Releases

Valley Advocate Publishes Case for Deval Patrick

Valley Advocate Press Release  |  10-26-2006  11:08 am  |  Press Releases

New Mass. Media Announces Preview Massachusetts

A New Arts and Lifestyle Magazine for Western Massachusetts (FULL STORY)
04-13-2006  2:42 pm  |  Press Releases

USA Today's Football Strength Is Its Shallownessnew

Valley Advocate  |  10-02-2001  2:33 pm  | 

Valley Advocate Hires New Publisher

Position vacant since death of longtime publisher Kathy Nylic. (FULL STORY)
Christine Iwan  |  11-21-2000  11:51 am  |  Industry News

Valley Advocate Publisher Dies at 46

Kathy Nylic succumbs to three-year fight with cancer. (FULL STORY)
Christine Iwan  |  09-12-2000  11:51 am  |  Industry News

Zankowski Named CEO of New Mass Media

Hartford Publisher to Head Advocate-Weekly Chain Under Times-Mirror. (FULL STORY)
Patrick Sullivan  |  08-05-1999  11:50 am  |  Industry News

Reaction to the Advocate Sale

Within the Industry, A Wide Range of Opinion About What it Means. (FULL STORY)
Cory Zurowski  |  04-29-1999  11:51 am  |  Industry News