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

In the past, AAN's editorial committee has initiated and overseen a number of editorial projects for use in multiple markets. This year, however, the committee is approaching shared projects in a slightly different way and offering four $500 payments for stories from AAN papers that can be used in other markets.

Continue ReadingAAN to Offer $500 for Shareable Stories

Starting this week, book reviews and profiles posted on AltWeeklies.com are also being featured on Indiebound.org, a website run by the American Booksellers Association. AltWeeklies.com content will appear, when it exists, on the information page for an individual book title. For examples of this partnership in action, click here and here.

Continue ReadingAltWeeklies.com Launches Partnership With Indiebound.org

Seven Days founder and co-editor Pamela Polston reports that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders reached out to her last week regarding the senator's recent inaccurate statements about the alt-weekly industry. "Bernie let me know that his office sends out 'hundreds' of releases every day and that 'I don't always read them carefully,'" Polston writes, noting that Sanders was a little defensive and thought AAN was making too much of his offhand remarks, given Sanders' work on media reform issues. "It was clear Bernie wasn't going to provide a written apology to AAN, but he did offer this: 'If I have offended anyone in the alternative media, I'm sorry for that.'"

Continue ReadingSen. Sanders Explains Anti-Alt Remark and (Kind of) Apologizes

In his announcement yesterday about starting his own weekly internet TV show, the independent U.S. Senator from Vermont bemoaned media consolidation. Unfortunately, he also unfairly characterized alt-weeklies, claiming they "have been bought by a monopoly franchise and made a predictable shift to the right in their coverage of local news." In a letter responding to the Senator's claim, AAN president Mark Zusman and executive director Richard Karpel set the record straight, noting the absurdity of calling any alt-weekly a "monopoly franchise" and stating that "alternative newspapers across North America are still often among the few publications in their communities that consistently offer a progressive viewpoint on issues like poverty, racism, health-care reform and environmental sustainability."

Continue ReadingAAN Corrects Sen. Bernie Sanders on Comments About Alt-Weeklies

Using the tags on your stories, the new widget, developed by DesertNet, pulls in similarly tagged stories from AltWeeklies.com, giving your website additional related links for particular movies, bands or issue areas. Click here, here or here to see it in action, and visit AltWeeklies.com for more technical information or to download the widget.

Continue ReadingAltWeeklies.com Related Stories Widget Now Available For Use

The annual workshop designed for alt-weekly writers and reporters is scheduled for Aug. 14 and 15 at the Medill School of Journalism on the Northwestern University campus in Evanston, Ill. Writers and editors from a number of AAN member papers will lead sessions covering everything from ethics to multimedia to political reporting, all in a way designed for staffers to get valuable, hands-on experience. Early registration rates are valid until Aug. 7, and the cut-off date to obtain AAN's discounted group hotel rate is this Friday, July 31.

Continue ReadingRegistration is Open and the Schedule is Set for Writers Workshop

At the annual meeting of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies on Saturday, June 27, Willamette Week's Mark Zusman was elected the association's new president. He succeeds Metroland's Stephen Leon, who will take the advisory role of Immediate Past President. The membership voted on nine other board seats on Saturday, including two that were created just minutes earlier when AAN's bylaws were amended.

Continue ReadingAAN Elects New President, Fills Ten Board Seats