At the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies annual meeting on Saturday, July 23 in New Orleans, members voted unanimously to change the organization's name to Association of Alternative Newsmedia. The association also elected Colorado Springs Independent CEO Fran Zankowski as President and admitted its first online-only publication: The American Independent News Network.

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Posner, who was fired from the Daily Beast earlier this year for lifting material from the Miami Herald, has retained attorney and author Mark Lane "to prepare litigation against the Miami New Times for accusations about his journalism and interfering with his career as an author," according to a press release issued this morning. The threatened suit comes on the heels of a series of New Times reports that revealed Posner had also plagiarized passages of his latest book, Miami Babylon (including parts from New Times). "We're delighted to have Mr. Lane, an 83-year-old Jonestown survivor, involved," New Times editor Chuck Strouse tells AAN News in an email. "We clearly have nothing against Mr. Posner, though we despise his admitted serial plagiarism. New details on this egregious literary theft -- which is crystal clear -- will be published soon."

Continue ReadingGerald Posner Says He’s Ready to Sue Miami New Times

The finalists in the National Association of Black Journalists' 2006 Salute to Excellence Awards were announced Friday, and six of the nine nominations in the "Newspaper - Circulation Under 150,000" division are Village Voice Media newspapers. The other three finalists are not alt-weeklies. Riverfront Times is the leader with three nominations: "Newspaper - Enterprise" for Randall Roberts' "It Was Just Like Beverly Hills"; "Newspaper - Sports" for Mike Seely's "Alley Cat"; and "Newspaper - Features" for Ben Westhoff's "Rap vs. Rapture." Dallas Observer has two contenders in the "Newspaper - Sports" category: Keven McAlester for "Balls Out" and Paul Kix for "Alone No More." Finally, Chuck Strouse of Miami New Times is nominated in the "Newspaper - Commentary" category for "Free this Priest." The awards recognize exemplary coverage of people or issues in the African diaspora. Winners will be announced August 19 at the NABJ convention in Indianapolis.

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Chuck Strouse's June 29 column addresses "hypocrisy, bullying, and misplaced priorities among the nation's top Latino journalists," specifically focusing on an argument between Sam Diaz, Washington Post assistant technology editor and financial officer for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and Monica Rhor, an Orange County Register reporter who edited the newspaper for the recent NAHJ convention. The point of contention is a quote by Diaz printed in the convention newsletter: Diaz alleges it was inaccurate and misleading, but Rhor refused to run a correction. Both Rhor and the NAHJ president, Rafael Olmeda, respond to the Miami New Times column in letters printed on Romenesko. "It saddens me that the accomplishments of such a talented group are being overshadowed by a debate which I consider unwarranted," Rhor says.

Continue ReadingMiami New Times Steps Into Hispanic Journalist Controversy