AAN News

AAN Accepts Three New Members, Fills Eight Board Seats

Little Village, Motif Magazine, and Wisconsin Gazette are voted in as new members. Salt Lake City is chosen as the site of the 2015 Annual Convention. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  07-18-2014  4:00 pm  |  Association News

UPDATE: NOW Considering Legal Action Against Toronto Mayor's Officenew

NOW Magazine editor and publisher Michael Hollett says the paper is considering legal action against the office of Toronto mayor Rob Ford following last week's directive to remove copies of NOW from City Hall.
CBC News  |  04-05-2011  9:36 am  |  Industry News

Toronto Orders City Employees To “Remove and Dispose” of NOW Magazine Issuesnew

The office of Toronto's Mayor Rob Ford ordered city employees to remove all copies of NOW Magazine from locations around the city, according to an email obtained by the paper.
NOW Magazine  |  03-31-2011  5:55 pm  |  Industry News

AAN Opens Door to Non-Print Publications, Fills Eleven Board Seats

AAN members voted on several key matters during the association's annual meeting on Saturday, July 17. Eleven seats on the Board of Directors were filled, three publications were admitted into the association, and a bylaws amendment allowing online-only publications to apply for membership was passed by an overwhelming majority. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  07-20-2010  1:31 am  |  Association News

AAN Elects New President, Fills Ten Board Seats

At the annual meeting of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies on Saturday, June 27, Willamette Week's Mark Zusman was elected the association's new president. He succeeds Metroland's Stephen Leon, who will take the advisory role of Immediate Past President. The membership voted on nine other board seats on Saturday, including two that were created just minutes earlier when AAN's bylaws were amended. (FULL STORY)
AAN News  |  07-01-2009  2:42 pm  |  Association News

What's the Difference Between Canada's Indie and Corporate Alts?new

That's the question Ryerson Journalism Review's Daniel Kaszor set out to investigate in that magazine's Spring issue. He sits down with independent owners Ron Garth of Vue Weekly, Michael Hollett of NOW Magazine and Dan McLeod of the Georgia Straight, as well as an editor with Eye Weekly, a corporate-owned weekly that competes with NOW in Toronto. His conclusion? "Readers may find it difficult to spot major differences between the two breeds of paper ... [b]ut there are distinctions," Kaszor writes. "Corporate papers are usually more personality-driven and apolitical. And the indies are not so much labors of love as pure acts of will held together by shrewd owners with deep personal and financial interests in their papers."
Ryerson Journalism Review  |  06-25-2009  10:23 am  |  Industry News

NOW Magazine Confronts Drop in Print Readershipnew

Canada's Print Measurement Bureau recently released numbers showing a 14.2 percent drop in NOW's readership over the past two years, according to the Globe and Mail. The Canadian daily uses the readership drop as a springboard to examine the state of Toronto's alt-weeklies -- NOW and its competitor Eye Weekly, which is in the same ownership group as the daily Toronto Star. "Alt-weeklies are a particular case. Entirely reliant on advertising revenues, their revenue is not augmented by subscriptions or newsstand sales," the Globe and Mail reports. "At the same time, they're threatened by a panoply of other free offerings." NOW publisher Michael Hollett shrugs off the latest numbers, and says the paper's health is strong. "It's just one of many ways of counting," he says. "Our boxes are empty and business is good." Indeed, the Globe and Mail reports that NOW's ad revenue was up in 2007, and Hollett notes that the paper continues to innovate -- and gain readers -- online.
The Globe and Mail  |  05-20-2008  11:47 am  |  Industry News

NOW Magazine Co-Founder in Hospital After Hockey Accidentnew

Michael Hollett was hurt in the Juno Cup Friday night, and will likely be in the hospital for several more days, the Calgary Herald reports. The Juno Cup is a hockey game where rockers take on NHL old-timers. "He fractured his leg in three places and it's a pretty bad situation," team captain Jim Cuddy tells the Calgary Sun. "He's in pretty rough shape. They'll operate on him, they'll put a rod in his leg, they'll put some screws in. I think it'll be quite a long recovery."
The Calgary Herald | The Calgary Sun  |  04-07-2008  8:37 am  |  Industry News