One of the youngest winners of a 2005 AltWeekly Award is Nick Goodenough, whose column for Ventura County Reporter, "Nick at Night," took first place for photography in the small-paper division. In an interview with AAN intern Lindsay Kishter, Goodenough explains how he managed to take photos on packed dance floors without blurring his subjects or losing his grip on his camera. This is the first in a series titled "How I Got That Story" that will highlight the AltWeekly Awards' first-place winners.

Continue ReadingNick Goodenough: In the Midst of a Jostling Crowd

Santa Fe Reporter's editor files the first post-convention blogpost after returning from San Diego. Well, we think it's the first. If anyone else has written about the convention in their paper or on their blog let us know and we'll find a way to post it.

Continue ReadingJulia Goldberg Blogs San Diego

This week, almost two dozen Association of Alternative Newsweeklies member papers published "Soldier's Heart," an article by freelance reporter Dan Frosch that casts a critical eye on the Department of Veterans Affairs' ability to properly treat Iraq War veterans with serious psychological problems. The article will appear in more than 40 AAN papers in coming weeks. Many of the participating weeklies will supplement the article -- AAN's latest collaborative story project -- with additional reporting to reflect the issue's regional and local impact. The collective stories can be found in a dedicated section of

Continue ReadingAAN Papers Cover Iraq War’s Psychological Impact on Veterans
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Bill Richardson is rumored to be on the short list to be the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, but he downplays his interest. James Oliphant describes the man who might become the first Hispanic on a presidential ticket as part Music Man and part minister with "a super-sized portion of patron thrown into the mix." The Santa Fe Reporter writer accompanies Richardson to the Nambe Pueblo and interviews him about a career that included offering a Sudanese rebel commander an immunization program in exchange for hostages and serving a troubled stint as U.S. Energy Secretary.

Continue ReadingNew Mexico Governor Could Sway Latino Vote

Reporters with a great scoop no longer have to sit tight trying not to burst while they wait for the next week’s paper to roll out, freelance writer Charlie Deitch reports for AAN News. It’s possible to publish online 24/7. Several AAN papers are moving away from the static Web site that remains the same for seven days and then has its contents refreshed all at once. A few alt-weeklies post new material daily, and others turn first to the Web whenever they’ve got an especially hot story.

Continue ReadingWeb Turns Some Alt-Weeklies into Dailies

Rather than just deliver the same old reliable features and columns every week, editors of AAN papers look for ways to tweak their content, thus attracting new readers and re-engaging the faithful. But there's no sense rounding up a focus group to predict what new ingredients will work when freelancers, staff and the guy on the next barstool are all eager to give their advice. John Dicker interviews editors of four weeklies who messed with the mix to get happy results.

Continue ReadingAAN Editors Think Local in Adding Content

The small, 24,000 circulation weekly, founded in 1996, appears to have published its final issue sometime around mid-August, reports John Ferri. The Reporter was hit hard by 9/11 and the brutal Pacific Northwest recession, which cut its annual revenue in half, according to the paper's owners. When talks to sell the weekly fell through, the undercapitalized paper couldn't hang on.

Continue ReadingFormer AAN Paper Tacoma Reporter Folds