Scott Dickensheets, who had been at the Weekly since 2002, has joined the staff of Las Vegas CityLife as special projects editor. He will oversee features, cover presentation and special projects. The Weekly is an AAN member, and CityLife is applying for membership this year.
On Trade Secrets, a resource blog for illustrators, Benjamen Purvis talks about his production process, what he looks for in illustrators and how he finds and chooses them. "I know they can be expensive to produce and distribute, but really, the illustrator's work is more likely going to jump out at me when I look at their post card on my wall than it would in an all-text email with a hyperlink," he says.
Eight of the prospective members are previous applicants, and two are owned by alt-weekly veterans who had been members during a previous association with different papers. AAN members will also be asked this year to evaluate Boston's Weekly Dig and Des Moines' Cityview, the first two post-sale newspapers whose membership will be reviewed under a process established in 2004 when the association's bylaws were amended. The fate of all of these papers will be determined at the organization's next Annual Meeting, which will be held in Little Rock on Saturday, June 17, the last day of the 29th annual AAN convention.
Las Vegas Weekly (cover pictured above), Bellingham Weekly of Bellingham, Wash., and Style Weekly of Richmond, Va., were voted in as members of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies at the organization's annual meeting on June 18. The Las Vegas and Richmond papers were the first two daily-owned alt-weeklies ever admitted to AAN.