Five alt-weekly staffers have been selected to receive the Association of Alternative Newsmedia Next Generation Professional Fund:
- Daniel Denvir, Philadelphia City Paper
- Gus Garcia-Roberts, Miami New Times
- Chuck Kerr, San Antonio Current
- Kendra Clune, Willamette Week
- Tyler Machado, Seven Days
The fund provides grants of up to $500 as well as free admission to the AAN Convention in Detroit.
The fund was launched by the AAN Board of Directors under the leadership of President Fran Zankowski to directly support the growth, education, and professional development of the next generation of journalists while connecting younger journalists with mentors.
The program was drafted by a working committee which included Jimmy Boegle (Tucson Weekly), Chuck Strouse (Miami New Times), Bradley Zeve (Monterey County Weekly), and Mark Zusman (Willamette Week).
During the convention, grantees will be invited to meet with long-time AAN members/leaders.