Membership

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The Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) welcomes new members. Since all publications do not fit the mold, AAN thoroughly screens applicants for membership. The screening is done according to criteria spelled out in the AAN bylaws and according to alternative-journalism standards maintained by consensus.

AAN maintains a rigorous process to determine whether applying publications meet those standards. Although news outlets are admitted to AAN by the membership as a whole, the job of evaluating applications falls to the Membership Committee, which makes non-binding recommendations — for or against admission — to the membership.

This annual process begins when applications are submitted, and ends on the final day of the annual convention, when existing regular members vote on each application.

If you have any questions about membership, please contact us at web@aan.org.

The 2018 AAN Membership Application is now available.

Regular Membership

Regular membership of the association shall consist of general interest alternative publications, defined as printed newspapers and online news outlets, with each publication being entitled to one such membership. Any publishing company publishing more than one publication shall be entitled to multiple regular memberships, provided that: separate annual membership dues are paid by each publication; that each publication submits a separate membership application; and that each publication satisfies the membership criteria set forth in the bylaws.

Affiliate Membership

Two types of publications are eligible for affiliate membership.

Publications that have a niche market, such as GLBT-only, ethnic or arts/entertainment vehicles would be able to apply for affiliate membership under the same application process required for regular membership.

Publications that apply for regular membership and are otherwise qualified, but the Membership Committee holds concerns regarding the applicant’s eligibility may be offered an affiliate membership at the recommendation of the Membership Committee and by vote of the General Membership. Affiliate members have the opportunity to reapply for regular membership at a later date or remain permanently as an affiliate member.

Any publishing company publishing more than one publication shall be entitled to multiple Affiliate memberships, provided that: separate annual membership dues are paid by each publication; that each publication submits a separate membership application; and that each publication satisfies the membership criteria as set forth in the bylaws.

 

Annual Member Dues

Dues for regular membership are billed annually and are payable at the beginning of each calendar year. Dues amounts are based on the member’s annual revenue as reported by its publisher. Accounts over 30 days past due are subject to interest charges. Failure to pay dues on time may result in restricted access to member services such as the AAN Awards, listservs, and/or any conference registration discounts.

2018 AAN Regular Member Dues

Annual Revenue Dues
$0-2 Million $884
$2-3 Million $1,145
$3-4 Million $1,407
$4-6 Million $1,668
$6-8 Million $2,191
$8 Million + $2,975

Affiliate Member Dues: $884 annually