AAN News

#AANDigital: Alternative Newsmedia Uniquely Positioned to Leverage Community Trust Into Digital Revenue

At the AAN Digital Conference in San Francisco, one message was loud and clear: With a strong and distinct voice that daily newspapers can't replicate, and years' worth of hard-earned community trust that the fly-by-night "hyperlocal" networks can't buy, the local alt-weekly has major advantages over its competitors in the battle for digital dollars. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  01-29-2013  5:00 pm  |  Conference News

The Reader's Operations Manager Leaves to Head Local Business Org.new

Sarah Johnson, who has been with the Omaha alt-weekly since December 2008, is leaving to become manager of the Greater Omaha Young Professionals, a group formed by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce in 2004 to draw younger people into the city's business life. The 27-year-old was reportedly selected from a field of more than 170 applicants.
Omaha World-Herald  |  06-02-2010  3:56 pm  |  Industry News

The Omaha Reader's Parent Company Launches 'Micro-Local' Publication

Neighborhood News is a new micro-local publication launched by Pioneer Publishing, the parent company of The Reader. The 11 different editions of the print product will be mailed directly to more than 250,000 homes each month, and the publication's website will be updated with weekly content online. (FULL STORY)
Pioneer Publishing Press Release  |  01-13-2010  8:05 am  |  Press Releases

Diversity Grants Fund Innovative Projects at Two Alt-Weeklies

Boise Weekly and Omaha's The Reader each recently received $1,250 from AAN to pursue ambitious diversity-related projects as part of AAN's Diversity Grant program. Last fall, the Diversity Committee expanded the scope of the program to include diversity-related projects; the grants to Boise Weekly and The Reader mark the first to be awarded to projects rather than interns. (FULL STORY)
AAN News  |  05-28-2009  12:17 pm  |  Association News

Former Altie Writes Book for the "Young, Hip, Cynical and Degenerate"new

So says Washington Post critic Patrick Anderson, who describes ex-Omaha Weekly (now Omaha Reader) news editor Jonathan Segura's "Occupational Hazards" as "a savagely funny first novel" that tells a "dungeon-dark tale of low-rent journalism, political corruption and rampant degeneracy in a hellish Omaha." According to Anderson, Segura joins ex-Philadelphia City Paper editor Duane Swierczynski as mystery writers whose work is part of a new trend in the publishing business of releasing offbeat novels direct to paperback.
Washington Post  |  07-15-2008  12:32 pm  |  Industry News

Reader Critic Named Arts Fellow

Ken Mayer, a freelance critic for The Reader in Omaha, Neb., was one of 25 critics, editors and reporters chosen as fellows in the second annual National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera. The institute, which offers intensive training to arts journalists working outside the country's major media markets, will take place at Columbia University in New York City from October 16-27.
09-29-2005  10:22 am  |  Industry News

Omaha Weekly Publisher Buys Omaha Readernew

John Heaston told the Omaha World-Leader that he is buying the AAN-member Omaha Reader from the family of the late Alan Baer. Heaston helped to found the Reader before selling his stake in 1999 and later starting up the competing Omaha Weekly. The two papers will merge and, "for now," will be called the Omaha Weekly Reader, according to Heaston.
Omaha World-Herald  |  12-23-2002  3:53 pm  |  Industry News

Omaha Reader Publisher Alan Baer Rememberednew

Alan Baer's "love for the obscure and the nontraditional led him to the alternative news weekly," Omaha Reader writes of its eccentric owner, who died of cancer Nov. 5. The paper remembers Baer as "the philanthropist and the gentle man with a quirky sense of humor, who never lost faith in those around him and in the city he loved."
Omaha Reader  |  11-14-2002  1:53 pm  |  Industry News

Omaha Reader ME Signs Book Deal

Timothy Schaffert’s first novel is to be published by BlueHen, a new literary division of publishing giant Penguin Putnam, in June 2002. The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters is about sisters damaged by abandonment. Schaffert, managing editor of the Omaha Reader says his day job is like a baby squalling in the next room, "a distraction from creativity, certainly, but an important distraction." (FULL STORY)
AAN Staff  |  08-31-2001  6:59 am  |  Industry News

Omaha Reader Owner Takes Over as Publisher

Former publisher Beckmann leaves after founding paper six years ago. (FULL STORY)
Christine Iwan  |  05-22-2000  11:49 am  |  Industry News

Omaha Reader Sold to Department Store Heir

Former Owner Beckman Remains as Publisher. (FULL STORY)
AAN Staff  |  03-22-2000  11:51 am  |  Industry News