Membership

Why join AAN?

The Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) welcomes new members. Since not all publications fit our model and mission, AAN screens applicants for membership according to criteria spelled out in the AAN bylaws and the journalism standards maintained by consensus.

AAN has a rigorous process to determine whether applying publications meet those standards. The job of evaluating applications falls to the Membership Committee. The Membership Committee has the authority to admit publications for Affiliate Membership and individuals for Individual Membership year-round.

For Regular Membership applications, the Membership Committee makes non-binding recommendations—for or against admission—to the entire membership. The membership votes on each application during the Annual Meeting at AAN’s yearly conference.

If you have questions about membership, write the association manager at todd@aan.org. The 2022-23 AAN Membership Application for publications is now available. Affiliate Membership applications are considered year-round. You must submit a Regular Membership application by June 15, 2023, if you would like us to consider it at AAN’s 2023 annual meeting.

The AAN Membership application for Individual Memberships is available here.

Regular Membership

Note: Starting in 2023, startup, non-profit, b-corp or “restarting” news outlets may qualify for reduced dues of $395 if Regular Member dues could be a financial burden. If you feel your organization is in that category, please apply for Affiliate Membership and/or Regular Membership and request “Startup” dues on your application.

Regular Membership in the Association shall consist of alternative media, defined as print and online publications meeting the membership principles outlined in AAN’s bylaws, with each publication entitled to one such membership.

Any company publishing more than one publication shall be entitled to multiple Regular Memberships, provided that:

  • Each publication pays separate annual membership dues.
  • Each publication submits a separate membership application.
  • Each publication satisfies the membership criteria outlined in the bylaws.

Affiliate Membership

Many AAN members start as Affiliate Members because they can be admitted year-round by the Membership Committee. In contrast, Regular Members can only be accepted once per year at AAN’s annual conference by the full AAN membership.

The Membership Committee may grant Affiliate Membership to publications if it is concerned that the applicant isn’t eligible for Full Membership under the Principles outlined in AAN’s bylaws but believes the publication is striving to meet those principles. 

All Affiliate Members have the opportunity to reapply for Regular Membership at a later date or remain permanently as an Affiliate Member. 

Any company publishing more than one publication shall be entitled to multiple Affiliate Memberships, provided that:

  • Each publication pays separate annual membership dues.
  • Each publication submits a separate membership application.
  • Each publication satisfies the membership criteria as outlined in the bylaws.

Individual Membership

The Membership Committee may grant Individual Membership year-round to any applicants.

Individuals with a professional or personal interest in AAN members and the Principles set forth in our bylaws—including, but not limited to, people who formerly were involved with an AAN member publication—are eligible to apply.

An Individual member shall be entitled to attend conventions, and annual and special membership meetings, serve on committees, serve on the Board of Directors, and have access to the e-mail listserv.

Associate Membership

We welcome journalism and publishing vendors and organizations to join AAN as Associate Members so your organization can build awareness and relationships with our publishers and their leadership. Opportunities include:

  • One special email announcement of the new Associate Member — with an elevator pitch and contact details — via our member newsletter list;
  • Inclusion in annual “thank you” email covering the Associate Members to all regular members;
  • Logo on our website on the Homepage footer;
  • Logo and product offering copy on the Associate Member page;
  • Logo in the footer of our newsletter and link to Associate Member page; and
  • Member rates for attending the annual convention (you’ll have the option to upgrade this to a vendor booth if you’re inclined to do so).

Annual Member Dues

Dues for membership are billed annually and are payable at the beginning of each calendar year. Dues amounts are based on the member’s annual revenue as reported by its publisher. Accounts over 30 days past due are subject to interest charges. Failure to pay dues on time may result in restricted access to member services such as the AAN Awards, listservs, and any conference registration discounts.

2023 AAN Dues

Member Level Dues
Individual Members $150
Startup Members $395
Regular Members $884
Affiliate Members $884
Associate Members $1,500