AAN's executive director and Washington City Paper's editor joined the Project for Excellence in Journalism's Mark Jurkowitz and former Washington Blade editor Kevin Naff on a D.C. public-radio show yesterday for a wide-ranging discussion about how the digital transformation, changing demographics and the recession are affecting alternative media.

Continue ReadingRichard Karpel, Erik Wemple Talk About Alt-Media’s ‘Economic Woes’

As we announced on Monday, AAN's longtime executive director, Richard Karpel, is stepping down to take the same position at the American Society of News Editors. AAN has placed ads to find his successor on four websites and has received more than 20 applications thus far. The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will do an initial screening of the candidates later this month; after this is complete, President Mark Zusman will appoint a separate committee that will likely meet and interview the finalists and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors.

Continue ReadingAAN Begins Search for New Executive Director

Richard Karpel, who joined the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies as its executive director in July 1995, is leaving AAN for the same position at the American Society of News Editors. His last day will be Nov. 25, although he has agreed to help the association in an unofficial capacity after that date to assist in the transition to a new staff chief executive. "I have been at AAN for the better part of my adult life, and it has been an incredible ride," he says. "I want to thank all of the AAN members past and present who have made my time here such a rich and rewarding experience." MORE: Here's ASNE's announcement.

Continue ReadingAAN’s Executive Director Stepping Down

That's what the Yale Daily News finds in a report on how three local news organizations are faring in the downturn. While the Advocate's "circulation is steady," as managing editor John Stoehr points out, publisher Joshua Mamis admits that the paper's page count has decreased. Mamis also notes that although the paper has lost some national advertisers, many local advertisers have remained loyal.

Continue ReadingRecession Brings Both Clouds and Silver Linings to New Haven Advocate

After a one-year absence, both AAN West and the Web Publishing Conference are slated to return to the Bay Area this winter. The Web Publishing Conference will begin with a social event on the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 27, and will end on the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 29. AAN West will begin that afternoon in Berkeley, with programming continuing all day on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Continue ReadingAAN West and Web Publishing Conferences Return This Winter

"Sales may be flat, bookstores may be struggling and book sections may be dying, but the critical conversation about books continues to be robust, intelligent and adventurous," former San Francisco Chronicle book critic Patricia Holt writes on Huffington Post. She points to six websites as proof, including AltWeeklies.com, of which she writes: "If you're weary of the received wisdom of official book review sites ... here is a treasury of refreshing and often unpredictable takes from alternative weeklies all over the country."

Continue ReadingBook Critic: AltWeeklies.com is Part of a ‘River of Critical Energy’ Online

Jeffrey Billman, who won first place for investigative reporting in the under-50,000 circulation category for his Orlando Weekly piece "Might Makes Right," will discuss the story with Weekly editor Bob Whitby in a conversation moderated by the San Francisco Bay Guardian's Tim Redmond. Like last week, the live chat will happen right here on AAN.org and will take place Friday at 3 pm EDT.

Continue ReadingAnother ‘How I Got that Story’ Live Chat Slated for This Friday

Earlier this month, AAN's news portal website AltWeeklies.com launched two new ways for readers to check out the great work featured on the site. Now, in addition to the site's myriad (and customizable) RSS feeds, Twitter users can sign up to receive all News and/or Culture headlines from the site in an automated feed. To see the feeds in action or to sign up as a follower, visit AltWeeklyCulture and AltWeeklyNews on Twitter. All the while, AAN's main Twitter account will continue to highlight at least one significant story on AltWeeklies.com each day.

Continue ReadingAltWeeklies.com Launches Twitter Headline Feeds

The series debuts here on AAN.org this Friday, Sept. 25, with investigative reporting winner John Dickerson discussing his Phoenix New Times series "Prescription for Disaster" with New Times managing editor Amy Silverman. The conversation, which will begin at 3 pm EST, will be moderated by Folio Weekly editor Anne Schindler.

Continue ReadingAAN Begins Live Chat Series With 2009 AltWeekly Award Winners

Following up last year's well-rated inaugural conference, AAN is putting on another Publishers Conference this fall. It will be held Nov. 13-14 at the Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, S.C. The program, which will be finalized by mid-October, will feature two or three big-picture speakers and lots of time for formal and informal discussion among the publishers who attend.

Continue ReadingRegistration is Open for 2nd Annual AAN Publishers Conference