The Alternative Newsweekly Foundation (ANF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) incorporated in the District of Columbia in 2002. EIN: 30-0100369. ANF is dedicated to the promotion and support of independent journalism.
As part of its affiliation with the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN), ANF supports the growth, education, and professional development of future journalists while connecting younger journalists with mentors.
The foundation has three main objectives:
- To work side by side with AAN to support the core principles of the alternative press: Speaking truth to power, telling stories other publications won’t, and giving voice to those who would otherwise go unheard.
- To serve as a fiscal sponsor to independent entities that are in the business of building local news and information infrastructure and initiatives that ultimately serve their communities.
- To engage and collaborate with National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP), representing more than 500 Black and Latino-owned news outlets, local alternative publications, and online news sites, to advance the mission behind the Fund For Equity In Local News.
ANF was originally created by AAN to fund two diversity initiatives:
- Academy for Alternative Journalism: Designed to train and recruit minority journalists to work at AAN outlets, this summer program — which took place at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism — was launched in 2000 by the Chicago Reader and ran through 2009.
- AAN Diversity Grant Program: This supported AAN members’ efforts to add diversity to their newsrooms by offering grants to hire interns and develop editorial projects that demonstrably served people of color living in local communities.
Or you may send a check payable to:
Alternative Newsmedia Foundation
P.O. Box 1152
Memphis, TN 38101