AAN News

Palo Alto Weekly to Combine Print Editions, Launch 'E-Daily'new

Late next month the Weekly will begin publishing a single weekly print edition every Friday and a new electronic edition, "Express," Monday through Friday, publisher Bill Johnson announced last week. (The Weekly is unique among AAN members in that it currently produces two print products each week, one on Wednesday and one on Friday.) "Our vision is to increasingly rely on our website and our daily electronic edition to provide local news and sports coverage, and to use our newspaper to present in-depth and feature coverage, plus summaries of the week's news," he says. The move reflects changing reading preferences and the increased prominence of the internet, while offering the added benefit of reducing the paper's carbon footprint, Johnson says.
Palo Alto Weekly  |  08-18-2008  12:20 pm  |  Industry News

Bob Thomas' Former Paper Remembers His Lifenew

Thomas, who passed away on July 12, was the first president of Pleasanton Weekly, owned by Palo Alto Weekly parent company Embarcadero Publishing. He was an original organizer of AAN West, and also worked for the East Bay Express. "For those who knew Bob, his accomplishments come as no surprise," says Embarcadero CFO Mike Naar. "Even so, they pale in comparison to the grace, good-naturedness and intelligent practicality he brought to work every day. His sense of humor, his incredible optimism, and his evenness defined the remarkable prince of a human being Bob was. We will all deeply miss him." Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Presbyterian Church in Burlingame, Calif. MORE: Read Thomas' obituary in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Pleasanton Weekly  |  07-22-2008  8:38 am  |  Industry News

AAN Member Executive Passes Away

Bob Thomas, one of the original organizers of the annual AAN West conference held each year in San Francisco, died on Saturday after a long bout with a neurological disease which he battled valiantly for a number of years, according to his colleagues at the Palo Alto Weekly. Thomas served as the general manager of East Bay Express before joining PAW-parent Embarcadero Publishing, where he launched Pleasanton Weekly in 2000 and facilitated the start-up of another community weekly several years later. Bob is survived by his wife Candy and their two children, according to an email circulated by ex-Embarcadero VP Franklin Elieh, who called his best friend "a gentle giant (who) treated everyone with respect." Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Presbyterian Church in Burlingame, Calif.
AAN Staff  |  07-15-2008  11:29 am  |  Industry News  |  Comments (1)

Three AAN Papers Honored in Greater Bay Area Journalism Awardsnew

In the 31st annual awards competition, sponsored by the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, the Palo Alto Weekly, SF Weekly, and San Francisco Bay Guardian all took home awards in the Newspapers: Non-Dailies division. Palo Alto Weekly -- and its online home, PaloAltoOnline.com -- won a total of nine awards, including first-place finishes in Analysis, Entertainment Review, and Page Design. The paper also finished in a second-place tie with SF Weekly for General Excellence. Speaking of the Weekly, it took home a total of four awards, including firsts in Sports Story and Technology Story, where it shared first place with the Bay Guardian. The Guardian also took home four awards total, with that shared first in Technology Story, plus firsts in Columns-News/Political and News Story.
San Francisco Peninsula Press Club  |  06-10-2008  8:13 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Palo Alto Weekly Building New $5 Million 'Green' Headquartersnew

Ground will be broken on the new three-story building within the next two months, the Weekly reports. It will be the first office project in Palo Alto to be certified LEED "silver" -- a designation given when a building incorporates numerous environmentally sensitive features. "While it adds considerable complexity and cost, we wanted to use this project as an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to these environmental principles and to create a building that will be healthy and comfortable for our employees, as well as a model for future developers," Weekly publisher Bill Johnson says. Construction is expected to be completed by summer 2009.
Palo Alto Weekly  |  03-10-2008  11:34 am  |  Industry News

Palo Alto Weekly Launches Interactive Local Sports Sitenew

Palo Alto Sports Online went live on Friday as part of Palo Alto Online, the Weekly's community-based website. The interactive site will feature heavy use of video and databases to further extend the citizen journalism concepts being explored on Palo Alto Online. "Our local sports community is passionate and tech-savvy, and we are excited about providing a rich and interactive way to report on sports in the Palo Alto area," publisher Bill Johnson says.
Palo Alto Weekly  |  09-10-2007  9:02 am  |  Industry News

Palo Alto Weekly Wins Award from Teachers Associationnew

Alexandria Rocha's story about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students won a 2006 John Swett Award for Media Excellence. The awards, given by the California Teachers Association, recognize "excellence in covering public education."
California Teachers Assocation  |  07-19-2007  8:18 am  |  Honors & Achievements

California Alt-Weeklies Win a Slew of 'Better Newspapers' Awardsnew

AAN members won 15 first-place awards in the California Association of Newspaper Publishers' annual contest, led by Palo Alto Weekly, which took home five firsts. Chico News & Review placed first in in three categories; Pacific Sun won two; and Metro Santa Cruz, North Coast Journal, Sacramento News & Review, San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the Santa Barbara Independent each finished in first in one category. The awards were presented in a ceremony Saturday evening.
California Association of Newspaper Publishers (PDF file)  |  07-16-2007  8:54 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Palo Alto Weekly Launches Citizen Journalism Forum

In the "Town Square," a new section of the Palo Alto Weekly's Web site, visitors "may publish their own news stories, share opinions and engage in dialogue on local issues," according to Publisher Bill Johnson's announcement. Palo Alto Weekly gets 300,000 unique visitors monthly; Town Square participants are not required to register, but they must identify their neighborhood of residence when posting. "In essence, Town Square turns everyone into potential publishers and makes it possible to communicate directly with other community members without depending on the newspaper," Johnson said.
06-07-2006  10:12 am  |  Industry News

Palo Alto Weekly Launches Town Square To Promote 'Citizen Journalism'

New online community forum will provide news, feedback, opportunities for civil dialogue and information on issues (FULL STORY)
06-07-2006  9:30 am  |  Press Releases