Registration Now Open for Annual Convention in New Orleans

On July 21 through 23, industry leaders from all over will descend on New Orleans to share knowledge, network and enjoy the Big Easy as the 34th annual AAN Convention comes to town. Want to join them? Register today to take advantage of unbeatable early bird rates that are only available for a short time.

Sign up now and you can get this amazing deal (for AAN member publications only): $199 for first person, $199 for the second person from the same paper, $101 for the third person and nothing, that’s right, nothing for anybody else who wants to come.

This fee is sharply reduced from the $300 to $350 per person we’ve charged for members in past years, since we know that the past few years have been tough on our industry.

All associate members can take advantage of the early bird rate of $199 per person, while non-members will receive an early rate of $400. After the May 27 early registration deadline, fees will increase to $350 for members and associate members, and $450 for non-members. To register today, click here.

In addition to the deeply discounted registration, we scored a great deal at the New Orleans Ritz Carlton — $139 per room (single or double occupancy). To receive the AAN group rate, click on the Group/Promo Codes link and enter CGPCGPA in the box marked Group Code.

And as the convention draws closer, details are beginning to emerge about the programming, which will tackle some of the key issues facing alt-weeklies in 2011, from mobile development to long-form journalism to mining additional revenue streams.

In addition to the regular sessions in the four program tracks (Advertising, Business and Management, Editorial and Online), there will also be three huge half-day workshops on sales training, web design trends and data journalism, and plenty of opportunities for one-on-one training on search engine optimization and social media.

But even as the programming shapes up, we want to make sure we’re serving you as best we can with this year’s topics. So for the first time ever, we’re offering an opportunity for feedback before the convention, where you can vote for your favorite proposed session and suggest additional sessions you’d like to see.

Stay tuned to in the coming weeks for more details about programming, special events and guest speakers.