AAN Foundation

AAN believes that staff diversity is good business, good citizenship, and an invaluable element of good community journalism. But as an industry, the alternative press has found it difficult to attract and retain minority writers and editors.

The Alternative Newsweekly Foundation was created in 2003 to support diversity by promoting the recruitment, training, and hiring of minorities at alternative newsweeklies. The Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, which provides a means for AAN members and others to make tax-deductible charitable contributions that help fund diversity-related programs such as the Diversity Internship Grants and the former Academy for Alternative Journalism.

Donate to the AAN Foundation

Diversity Grant Program

The AAN Diversity Grant Program supports member papers’ efforts to add diversity to their newsrooms and to encourage minority journalists to start their careers at alternative newsweeklies. AAN member papers may apply for a grant to hire an intern, or to develop an editorial project that demonstrably serves people of color living in the paper’s city.

The AAN Diversity Grant Program awards up to four grants of $1,250 each per year. AAN member papers may submit an application at any time. There are no deadlines or application cycles.


If you need more information, please call (202) 289-8484, or send an e-mail to Debra Silvestrin.

Read AAN articles about past grant recipients:

Academy for Alternative Journalism

The Academy for Alternative Journalism, a residential summer program designed to train and recruit minority journalists to work at AAN papers, was launched in 2000 by the Chicago Reader and ran through 2009.

The following archive of AAN News articles provides an historical overview of the Academy since its inception:

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'More Alt Than Ever': Alt-Weeklies 2014 Year in Review

AAN editors and reporters share the stories they are most proud of from the past year. (FULL STORY)
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San Antonio Current Appoints Hernan Rozemberg, Editor-in-Chief

Euclid Media Group names award-winning journalist, Hernán Rozemberg, as Editor-in-Chief of the San Antonio Current. (FULL STORY)
San Antonio Current  |  Press Releases

Random Lengths News Marks 35 Years of Publication

For 35 years Random Lengths News has covered the L.A. Harbor Area, an area that has been overlooked by publications such as the Los Angeles Times and the Daily Breeze. (FULL STORY)
Random Lengths News  |  Press Releases
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