AAN News

Willamette Week Announces Publisher Changenew

Richard Meeker, who has served as publisher for the past 32 years, is turning over the reins to longtime business partner and editor Mark Zusman.
Willamette Week  |  06-12-2015  3:00 pm  |  Industry News

Embracing Longform

In a world full of mosquito-sized attention spans, alt-weeklies have always been a home for quality longform journalism. For us, longform is more than just a hashtag, it's at the core of who we are. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  08-22-2014  1:30 pm  |  Conference News

Willamette Week Editor Urges Journalism Students to Rattle Cagesnew

At Arizona State's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Willamette Week editor Mark Zusman shared wisdom gained in the trenches of alternative journalism.
Downtown Devil  |  02-12-2013  1:26 pm  |  Industry News

Steve Schewel Announces Sale of Independent Weekly

The Independent Weekly (Durham, N.C.) and its associated website, indyweek.com, are being sold to Richard Meeker and Mark Zusman. Meeker and Zusman are the owners of City of Roses Newspaper Company which publishes Willamette Week and the Santa Fe Reporter. (FULL STORY)
Independent Weekly  |  08-22-2012  12:50 pm  |  Press Releases

National Newspaper Project Spotlights Willamette Weeknew

Portland's Willamette Week has been featured in "Who Needs Newspapers?" - a national project produced by the non-profit organization Valid Sources.
WhoNeedsNewspapers.org  |  09-29-2011  4:56 pm  |  Industry News

AAN Members Approve Name Change, Elect Zankowski As President

At the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies annual meeting on Saturday, July 23 in New Orleans, members voted unanimously to change the organization's name to Association of Alternative Newsmedia. The association also elected Colorado Springs Independent CEO Fran Zankowski as President and admitted its first online-only publication: The American Independent News Network. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  07-26-2011  5:33 pm  |  Association News

AAN-Commissioned 'Tax Myths' Piece Crashes Willamette Week's Website

Traffic to David Cay Johnston's piece on tax myths, which ran in 40 alt-weeklies last week, caused Willamette Week's website to crash for about three hours Monday. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  04-20-2011  8:23 am  |  Industry News

Willamette Week Brings On Award-Winning Investigative Reporter as News Editor

Brent Walth, who shared in a Pulitzer Prize for public service reporting while at The Oregonian, has been named Willamette Week's news editor. He replaces Hank Stern, who is leaving the paper to work for the county. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  04-18-2011  8:30 am  |  Industry News

As Tax Deadline Nears, 40 Alt-Weeklies Run 'Tax Myths' Piece by Pulitzer-Winning Journalist

With taxes on the minds of most Americans, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN) member papers are doing what they do best: providing an antidote to the myths that the mainstream media, local television news and politicians perpetuate about tax policy. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  04-14-2011  9:32 am  |  Association News

Heralded iPhone Developer Working on App for AAN Members

Small Society, the company whose work on iPhone applications for the Obama campaign, Whole Foods and Zipcar has earned wide recognition and praise in the growing app development field, is partnering with Pre1 Software and the parent company of Willamette Week and Santa Fe Reporter to develop an iPhone publishing platform which they hope to make available to AAN publishers by late 2009. "We think this may be the killer app for alt weeklies," Willamette Week editor Mark Zusman says. (FULL STORY)
AAN News  |  09-09-2009  1:46 pm  |  Industry News

AAN Corrects Sen. Bernie Sanders on Comments About Alt-Weeklies

In his announcement yesterday about starting his own weekly internet TV show, the independent U.S. Senator from Vermont bemoaned media consolidation. Unfortunately, he also unfairly characterized alt-weeklies, claiming they "have been bought by a monopoly franchise and made a predictable shift to the right in their coverage of local news." In a letter responding to the Senator's claim, AAN president Mark Zusman and executive director Richard Karpel set the record straight, noting the absurdity of calling any alt-weekly a "monopoly franchise" and stating that "alternative newspapers across North America are still often among the few publications in their communities that consistently offer a progressive viewpoint on issues like poverty, racism, health-care reform and environmental sustainability." (FULL STORY)
Mark Zusman  |  08-11-2009  3:12 pm  |  Industry News  |  Comments (1)

AAN Elects New President, Fills Ten Board Seats

At the annual meeting of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies on Saturday, June 27, Willamette Week's Mark Zusman was elected the association's new president. He succeeds Metroland's Stephen Leon, who will take the advisory role of Immediate Past President. The membership voted on nine other board seats on Saturday, including two that were created just minutes earlier when AAN's bylaws were amended. (FULL STORY)
AAN News  |  07-01-2009  2:42 pm  |  Association News

Ten Candidates Running for Election to AAN Board of Directors

There will be up to ten board positions up for election at the annual meeting this Saturday in Tucson. So far, ten AAN members have thrown their hats into the ring for nine of the board spots; they tell us why they want to be on the board and what they think the most important issues facing the association are. (FULL STORY)
AAN News  |  06-22-2009  2:48 pm  |  Association News

Willamette Week Introduces Cost-Cutting Measuresnew

The Portland, Ore., alt-weekly was the latest to announce company-wide salary reductions yesterday. Effective March 16, staff pay will be reduced by 8 percent, while owners Mark Zusman and Richard Meeker will reduce their own pay by 25 percent. The move was made to keep the paper profitable for the balance of 2009. At the same meeting, Meeker, who is WW's publisher, announced that this week's paper was the largest since November and that ad sales for the spring appear ahead of budget.
Willamette Week  |  03-13-2009  8:54 am  |  Industry News

Newsweek Does Tick-Tock on Willamette Week's Sam Adams Scoopnew

"After last week, Portland's politicians may think twice about trying to put one over" on Willamette Week's Pulitzer-winning reporter Nigel Jaquiss, according to Newsweek reporter Winston Ross. On Jan. 19, Jaquiss broke the news that Portland mayor Sam Adams had sex with an 18-year-old legislative intern and then lied about it. Newsweek notes that WW trumped other news outlets that were pursuing the story: "Jaquiss's scoop is significant not only because it represents the second huge political figure his journalism has humbled in a period of four years, but also because of whom he beat out to get the story: the much larger and much more heavily financed Oregonian."
Newsweek  |  02-04-2009  11:38 am  |  Industry News