Just in case St. Louis, Mo., residents aren't getting their full sex education in the public schools, school board member Bill Haas has started offering supplemental advice in the city's alt-weekly. His column "Bill Me!" covers such sexual topics as -- well, AAN News would like to report what the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said they were, but the paper's Jake Wagman wrote that he couldn't mention them in any but the most general terms in a family newspaper.
Alternative newsweeklies may fill more than half of their editorial space each week with contributions from freelancers. But how do editors go about finding the writers who are willing to work erratic hours for modest pay and yet are professional enough to deliver prose that not only comes in on time but sings? Writer Marty Levine collects the wisdom of several AAN editors who explain how they found their best freelancers, how they keep them content and what pitfalls to avoid.