Peabody-Winning Web Director Joins AAN Staff

On April 5, Joshua Barlow started work as associate editor of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, a newly created position.

His role will include editing content posted to the Web site, particularly in the Press Releases and Job Moves sections, as well as managing and updating AAN members’ staff directories. He will also play a strong role in the editorial planning and execution of AAN’s new story-sharing site, expected to go live in late April, and will take primary responsibility for the site’s Arts and Entertainment section.

Since 2001, Barlow has been Web director for Atlantic Public Media/, a site that explains how to create original radio productions and showcases independently produced pieces. The site recently received a Peabody Award, marking the first time that honor has ever been accorded exclusively to a Web site. On May 17, founder Jay Allison, Barlow and other team members will be in New York City to receive the award at a ceremony hosted by NBC’s Today Show co-anchor Kate Couric. has also received two Webby nominations from the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences.

From 1998 to 2001, Barlow was a producer at National Public Radio. His duties there included being Web producer for Lost and Found Sound, which won a Webby Award for best radio site. He has produced photo galleries for NPR’s Election 2000 coverage and other national news events, served as production manager for Washington Monthly and monitored the 2000 presidential elections in Croatia for the U.S. State Department.

Barlow graduated magna cum laude from Purchase College in Purchase, N.Y., in 1997 with a BFA in musical composition and studio practicum. He is a freelance composer who created a soundtrack for an independent film in 1996 and has composed other musical scores. He plays piano for the D.C.-based rock band Cool Candy.

“Joshua comes highly recommended as a creative worker who also has the patience to help others understand what’s going on with the Web,” says AAN editor Ruth Hammond. “Already in his first days here, he has provided valuable insights into how we can continue to develop a more appealing and user-friendly Web presence.”