2004 AAN Annual Convention Coverage Is Online

Members Have Easy Access to Archived Newsletter Content

At this year’s convention in San Antonio, a team of five contributing reporters, overseen by AAN editor Ruth Hammond, collaborated on a daily newsletter to provide an unprecedented amount of coverage for AAN members.

The newsletter’s reporters were Joy Howard, Michael L. Jones and Jared Jacang Maher, all former fellows of the Academy for Alternative Journalism; Wells Dunbar, a production intern at the Austin Chronicle; and Nora Ankrum, a Chronicle proofreader. Kate Messer, a senior editor at the Chronicle, was the newsletter’s assistant editor.

Contributors’ collected articles can be read on the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Web site, and appear below, organized by topic.

2004 AAN Convention Photo Gallery
A Texan’s Take on the First Amendment
Forget Fox: Alt-Weeklies Can Be Powerful, Too, Author Jim Hightower Says
Filmmaker John Sayles Brings Anti-Bush Message to AAN Convention
Recordings of Convention Talks Available

Annual Membership Meeting
AAN President: State of the Association
14 Candidates Running for Election to AAN Board
Four Newcomers Gain Seats on AAN Board
Organization and Bylaws Committee Proposes Changes to AAN Bylaws
AAN Amends Bylaws to Adapt to Changing Times
AAN Admissions Committee Recommends Three Papers for Membership
Four New Papers Admitted to AAN

Alternative Newsweekly Award Winners Announced
Talking Bear Helps Present Alternative Newsweekly Awards
2004 AAN Awards: The Interactive Results

Business and Advertising
Alt-Weeklies Attract Influential Readers
Online Ads Can Be Tailored to Readers’ Interests
As a Motivator, Money Doesn’t Talk Too Loudly
Artvoice Publisher Invests in Aesthetics on Web
Ease of Downloading Raises New Copyright Issues

Design and Production
Eleven Steps to a Better-Designed Newsweekly
AAN Design Professionals Get Advice on Fair Use
AAN Members Undergo Early-Morning Design Critiques
“Insider or Outsider?” Is the Big Redesign Question

Seattle Attorney Gives Tips to Avoid Libel Suits
Editorial Committee Reports on AltWeeklies.com
Editors Do More with Less in San Antonio

San AANtonio ’04 Convention Web Site