AAN in the News


December 2015
Daniel C. Vock on alt-weeklies’ coverage of city government: “It’s rare to find another home for 5,000-word stories on how business owners impact neighborhood zoning decisions, how bureaucrats dole out favors using tax increment finance districts or why city council members are squabbling with one another.” Governing

September 15, 2015
Racial Diversity in Alternative Press May Be Declining by Ruth McCambridge, Nonprofit Quarterly

September 10, 2015
“The nation’s alternative news media — many of them spawned by the counterculture and devoted to progressive ideas — rate having a diverse staff important, yet ‘continue to be predominantly white, and if anything, are getting whiter,’ according to a survey of 37 such media outlets by the Association of Alternative Newsmedia.” (The Root)

July 29, 2015
“Alt-weeklies, including our own, won’t survive if all the writers and staffers are white.” — Baltimore City Paper editor-at-large Baynard Woods reflects on the future of the alternative press after attending the AAN convention in Salt Lake City. (Baltimore City Paper)

July 18, 2015
Challenged by Disruption, Alternative Weekly Newspapers Share Strategies, Optimism at Utah Convention
by Tony Semerad, Salt Lake Tribune

June 18, 2015
Tiffany Shackelford talks with It’s All Journalism producer Michael O’Connell about AAN’s annual convention in Salt Lake City. They also talk about some of the challenges alt-weeklies have faced over the last year and some of the big successes going on in the alternative arena. (It’s All Journalism)

March 2015
Tiffany Shackelford participated in the UNITY Diversity Caucus gathering of industry and academic leaders in Washington, D.C. (Maynard Institute)

February 6, 2015
AAN Executive Director Tiffany Shackelford and OC Weekly Editor Gustavo Arellano discuss the future of alt-weeklies with PBS MediaShift’s Mark Glaser. (PBS MediaShift)

May 11, 2014
“We’re seeing a nice, steady increase back to profitability and reach.” Tiffany Shackelford on how alt-weeklies have seen improvement in recent years. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

April 25, 2014
AAN Executive Director Tiffany Shackelford joins media analyst Ken Doctor and USA Today president/publisher Larry Kramer for a panel during the Innovating the Local News Ecosystem conference at Montclair State University.

March 17, 2014
Fail Fast and Bounce Back: What Alt-Weeklies Can Learn From the Startup Mentality by Alexa Schirtzinger, John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University

March 20, 2014
An Open Letter to the Guy Who Owns Snapchat and Other Hip Wealthy People by Jule Banville

March 14, 2014
AAN Executive Director Tiffany Shackelford attended the UNITY caucus on diversity in journalism, where she presented AAN’s 2012 demographic survey and discussed other ways to increase diversity in the news industry.

March 10, 2014
AAN executive director Tiffany Shackelford and Shepherd Express publisher Louis Fortis discuss the state of alternative newsweeklies on Wisconsin Public Radio. (Wisconcin Public Radio)

February 26, 2014
“We’re not weeklies any more. We’re all-the-timies.” The New State of Alt Media by Christina Cauterucci.

February 24, 2014
AAN executive director Tiffany Shackelford talks about the Baltimore Sun Media Group’s acquisition of Baltimore City Paper on local NPR affiliate WYPR. (WYPR)

January 17, 2014
Tiffany Shackelford discusses alt-weeklies and the future of local news on Connecticut public radio station WNPR. (WNPR)

October 18, 2013
“Snowfall can suck it.” AAN Executive Director Tiffany Shackelford presented at the 2013 ONA Conference session, Innovative Storytelling on a Shoestring, where she showcased multimedia work from AAN member publications. (Online News Association)

July 24, 2013
“Like everyone, we are in a time of redefining business models. The good news with the (alternative papers) is that the move back to all-local is right where we live.” (The Tennessean)

April 27, 2013
Tiffany Shackelford talks about the positive trends in alternative media on the It’s All Journalism podcast. (It’s All Journalism)

April 9, 2013
AAN executive director Tiffany Shackelford talks with the Santa Fe Reporter about media censorship after hundreds of copies of the paper are stolen. (Santa Fe Reporter)

April 3, 2013
As the featured guest on the Nieman Journalism Lab podcast, AAN executive director Tiffany Shackelford on the future of alt-weeklies after the Boston Phoenix. (Nieman Journalism Lab)

March 29, 2013
In an interview with Associations Now, Tiffany Shackelford explains how AAN is trying to set the stage for a quickly changing media field. (Associations Now)

March 18, 2013
Can alt-weeklies leverage local business relationships to connect online? (Street Fight)

March 15, 2013
“Shackelford said the fact that the Phoenix’s publishers are not shuttering their publications in Providence or Portland is evidence of the alts’ ongoing strength in those smaller- and medium-sized markets.” (NetNewsCheck)

AAN’s Tiffany Shackelford says that despite the loss of a storied brand like the Boston Phoenix, the alternative news industry remains healthy. (Boston Globe)

March 1, 2013
“I’m thrilled for the future of altweeklies — the return to all things local is really exciting for us-and a trend I think we will be able to take advantage of in ways no other media organizations can … the progressive and entrepreneurial spirit that helped create altweeklies is now transforming the way we think about the future-we are actively finding creative and interesting ways to share content, and expand our brands — all while speaking truth to power and telling stories that no one else will.” (Journalism Accelerator)

February 26, 2013
“[Alt-weeklies] get a really fundamental thing … that is that they’ve got to be mobile and they have to be in somebody’s pocket. What made them great when they were paper was the mobility … and they totally get that for the digital age and are acting accordingly.” (Street Fight)

February 12, 2013
Willamette Week editor Mark Zusman urges journalism students to “rattle cages.” (Downtown Devil)

January 29, 2013
Alt media mine new revenue alternatives. (NetNewsCheck)

November 7, 2012
“Daily papers going behind paywalls is one more example of how the alternatives, particularly in small to medium markets, speak for the people and are committed to their communities in ways that large dailies and particularly those in chains are not.” (Columbia Free Times)

October 6, 2012
Alt-weeklies are “the best damn journalism in America outside of a monthly national magazine,” says AAN president Fran Zankowski. (Salon)

September 28, 2012
“In some small communities, the daily has died and alt-weekly has become paper of record.” (PBS MediaShift)

September 24, 2012
“Most of the publishers just understood that if [sex classifieds were] a turnoff to or a distraction to some of the other advertisers, that perhaps it wasn’t worth it.” (Marketplace Radio)

August 5, 2012
“Just like every single media organization out there, we’re feeling the pinch of ad dollars going elsewhere. Papers in Little Rock (Ark.) and Colorado Springs (Colo.) are doing well. A lot of the ones in the small and middle markets are doing really well.” (Crain’s Detroit Business)

June 8, 2012
Association Of Alternative Newsmedia Conference Explores Detroit by David Sands, Huffington Post

June 6, 2012
AAN Executive Director Tiffany Shackelford, Metro Times Editor Kim Heron and Metro Times Publisher Chris Sexson visit The Craig Fahle Show on WDET to talk about the AAN annual conference in Detroit and the role of alternative news sources in an ever-changing world of media. (WDET)

May 16, 2012
“Basically, [alternative] weeklies are in the same dogfight that traditional media is in.” (Boston Globe)

May 3, 2012
How some alt-weeklies are innovating their way out of a crisis. (Poynter)

March 5, 2012
Alt weeklies eye an AP of their own with a content exchange. (Nieman Journalism Lab)

January 31, 2012
Agile alt media adapting to digital challenges. (NetNewsCheck)

July 1, 2011
“I don’t know if marijuana actually reduces stress, but I can tell you the ads have reduced mine dramatically.” Sacramento News & Review brimming with medical pot ads. (Sacramento Business Journal)