Membership

Why join AAN?

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

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

Regular Membership

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.

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.

2022 AAN Regular Member Dues

Annual Revenue Dues
$0-2 Million $884
$2-3 Million $1,145
$3-4 Million $1,400
$4-6 Million $1,668
$6-8 Million $2,100
$8 Million + $2,975

Affiliate Member Dues: $884 annually