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Columnist Calls Alt-Weekly an "Accomplice" in Prostitution Bust

Former University of Pittsburgh football star Bob Buczkowski was charged last month "with operating a prostitution and cocaine empire," and Tribune-Review columnist Mike Seate says Pittsburgh City Paper helped Buczkowski operate his "brothel-on-wheels." According to Seate, the indictment alleges that the defendant and his girlfriend placed ads in the AAN-member paper's classified section to recruit prostitutes and solicit customers. Editor Chris Potter tells Seate that authorities have not contacted anyone at City Paper's parent company to discuss the case.
10-12-2005  12:18 pm  |  Industry News

Alt-Weekly Writers Bag Book Deals

Freelance journalist Becky Oberg wanted to expand her reportage for NUVO, an Indianapolis alt-weekly, into a book. Carlo DeVito, publisher of Chamberlain Bros., a Penguin imprint, was looking for new projects. Despite the fact that Oberg was, in her words, "an unknown, unagented, first-time author," DeVito called her and asked if she'd turn her story about an Army private's desertion to Canada via an "underground railroad" into a book. Why was a publisher scouring alt-weeklies for book ideas? Says DeVito: "We're always looking for a good story and a new point of view, and that's what a lot of these papers express." (FULL STORY)
Joy Howard  |  09-20-2004  4:02 pm  |  Industry News

Potter to Succeed Newman as City Paper Editornew

Chris Potter has been named Andy Newman's replacement as editor of Pittsburgh City Paper, reports Pittsburgh Business Times. "It was a huge surprise to me," says Potter, who has been the paper's managing editor since he and Newman came over from the now-defunct In Pittsburgh Newsweekly seven years ago. Potter will take over the position in November, after the City Paper's annual Best of Pittsburgh issue. "[Potter and I] have been conjoined for almost 10 years," Newman tells reporter Tim Schooley. "It's a very delicate procedure, but I think we'll both go on to lead productive lives."
Pittsburgh Business Times  |  09-07-2004  1:03 pm  |  Industry News

Newman to Leave Pittsburgh City Papernew

Editor of the alt-weekly since 1998, Andy Newman will be leaving in November to try his hand as a freelance writer in New York City. "I've wanted to do this for a long time, and it seems like I should do it before they send the AARP card," he tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. City Paper will begin searching for his replacement immediately. Newman is currently working on a story for The Believer, and hopes to place a piece in The New Yorker within a year. He is vice president of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies' board of directors.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  |  08-25-2004  11:50 am  |  Industry News

Catholic Paper Questions Alt-Weekly's Availability to Childrennew

Pittsburgh Catholic apparently believes that its hometown alt-weekly should be wrapped in a brown bag and handed out from behind the counter. "We need to ensure that our children are protected from unhealthy and exploitative images of sexuality," says a representative of the local diocese who thinks it's "unconscionable" that Pittsburgh City Paper is openly distributed in public. “I’m not running a day care center,” City Paper editor Andy Newman tells the paper. “I have a newspaper, and I feel like other people are responsible for supervising their own children.”
Pittsburgh Catholic  |  07-12-2004  6:06 pm  |  Industry News

Pulp, a Pittsburgh Arts and Entertainment Weekly, Is Extinguishednew

Citing economic reasons, the general manager of Indiana Printing and Publishing Co. Inc. told Pittsburgh Business Times that the last issue of the arts and entertainment paper is on the streets this week. The two-year-old Pulp was unable to compete successfully for advertising with the larger and more established Pittsburgh City Paper, an AAN member owned by Steel City Media.
Pittsburgh Business Times  |  06-11-2004  2:11 pm  |  Industry News

Street Teams Imitate Medieval Marketing Tactics

Sometimes word of mouth is a more effective way of promoting a paper than a print ad. That's why some alternative newsweeklies send street teams out to bars, movie theaters and cultural events to hand out freebies and stir up interest in their papers. When they dispatch their street teams to public places, alt-weeklies like NUVO and Boston's Weekly Dig are relying on a centuries-old marketing technique the music industry revived. (FULL STORY)
Ann Hinch  |  04-30-2004  1:45 pm  |  Industry News

Pittsburgh Convention At a Glance

Here's a look at the 2004 annual convention by the numbers -- from attendance to admissions, parties to pierogies, board members to brouhahas. The consensus seems to be that Pittsburgh surprised and delighted AAN. (FULL STORY)
AAN Staff  |  06-11-2003  12:26 pm  |  Industry News

Alt-Weeklies Look to Media Rivals as Partners

Alternative newsweeklies have found myriad ways to team up with competitors for lucrative cross-promotional arrangements. Radio is perhaps the most common partner for alt-weeklies and music events the most frequent vehicle for cooperation, Ann Hinch writes for AAN News. Television and even print, however, have been mined by AAN members “to reach a broader audience and more diverse demographic.” (FULL STORY)
Ann Hinch  |  11-18-2002  12:34 pm  |  Industry News

Academy Grad's Real Trial Begins

Pittsburgh City Paper has hired Brentin Mock, a graduate of the Academy for Alternative Journalism at Medill. Each summer 10 minority journalism students go through the eight-week residential program, learning long-form feature writing with the alt-edge. Mike Lenehan, executive editor of the Chicago Reader and one of the founders of the Academy, says right now he's happy if one or two of its graduates are snapped up by alts. In the meantime, the Academy, which is funded by grants from AAN and its publishers, is building "a small army of future writers," Lenehan says. (FULL STORY)
Ann Hinch  |  08-28-2002  3:53 pm  |  Industry News

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Caught Red-Handednew

In a letter to the editor (see "We deserved credit," third from top), Pittsburgh City Paper Editor Andy Newman notes that the daily's Dan Fitzpatrick relied on City Paper reporting but failed to credit the paper.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  |  07-08-2002  1:47 pm  |  Industry News