AAN News

Washington City Paper Publisher Amy Austin to Departnew

Austin announced the move in a staff meeting today. She currently serves as Vice President of the AAN Board of Directors.
Washington City Paper  |  05-01-2015  5:00 pm  |  Industry News

AAN Accepts Two New Members, Elects Sally Freeman as President

At the AAN Annual Meeting in Miami on July 13, members voted in two new members, filled seats on the Board of Directors, and approved changes to the association bylaws. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  07-18-2013  1:00 pm  |  Association 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

Washington City Paper Raises Over $28K For Legal Defense Fund Against Dan Snydernew

In an open letter to readers, Washington City Paper publisher Amy Austin says that "more than 600 supporters have given checks, most of them for just $20, to ring up more than $28,000 to a legal defense fund" set up fight a lawsuit brought by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder.
Washington City Paper  |  02-24-2011  9:00 am  |  Legal News

Redskins Owner Threatens Legal Action Against Washington City Papernew

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder is calling for the dismissal of Washington City Paper staff writer Dave McKenna and is threatening legal action against the paper for publishing "untruths" against him.
Washington Post  |  02-02-2011  3:09 pm  |  Legal News

AAN Opens Door to Non-Print Publications, Fills Eleven Board Seats

AAN members voted on several key matters during the association's annual meeting on Saturday, July 17. Eleven seats on the Board of Directors were filled, three publications were admitted into the association, and a bylaws amendment allowing online-only publications to apply for membership was passed by an overwhelming majority. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  07-20-2010  1:31 am  |  Association News

Some D.C. Residents Cry Foul Over Washington City Paper's Covernew

The cover of this week's paper -- with the provocative headline, "You put me out in Denver 'cause I wouldn't suck your dick" -- has some district residents upset, the Washington Post reports. City Paper says the city's Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has received several calls complaining about the cover, which features a photo of councilman and former mayor Marion Barry with his arm around an ex-girlfriend who has accused him of stalking her. (The quote was taken from a recording of a confrontation between Barry and the ex-girlfriend.) "Some people are going to find that vulgar -- that's inevitable," editor Erik Wemple says. "If they find it vulgar, they can complain. It's worth putting it out there, and it's the truth. Sometimes the truth is vulgar." Publisher Amy Austin tells the Post that the negative reaction has been "much less than I expected," and that only three distribution spots have called to say they wouldn't display the paper while one has called to ask for more copies.
Washington Post | Washington City Paper  |  07-10-2009  10:08 am  |  Industry News

Washington City Paper Shifting to More Web-Centric Approachnew

The Georgetown Voice's nearly 3,000-word story on the alt-weekly looks at how it is evolving under the ownership of Creative Loafing, and how the paper is fighting to maintain its identity -- and market share -- despite having fewer resources. "You want to create a rich environment and then bring it down into the print," says CL CEO Ben Eason, who is currently focused on uniting the company's six papers as a national web presence. "Without a doubt, the web is a far richer environment than print." Editor Erik Wemple says he sees the paper a year from now as being "very, very, very much a web machine." But publisher Amy Austin adds that, while online advertising revenue is quickly growing for City Paper, it still only makes up approximately 5 percent of the paper's total revenue, which has been in decline. By 2006, the paper's net revenue -- traditionally around 15 percent -- had fallen to 4.7 percent.
The Georgetown Voice  |  09-26-2008  4:27 pm  |  Industry News

Achievements and Innovations: Washington City Paper's 'Nosh Mobs'

In the first installment of AAN's new interview series, Amy Austin (pictured), Dave Nuttycombe and Tim Carman of Washington City Paper describe how reader-created restaurant reviews have forged a new relationship between the newspaper's print and Web products. They also explain the meaning of sporks. To suggest a topic for a future interview, contact Amy Gill at amyg@aan.org. (FULL STORY)
Isaiah Thompson  |  05-25-2006  7:23 am  |  Association News

Washington City Paper Has Resident Publishernew

Long-time General Manager Amy Austin was promoted to publisher of D.C.'s alt-weekly, taking over from Thomas Yoder, who also has responsibilities in Chicago with CP's sister paper. "I think we've gotten to the point now where this is just a mature, strong paper with not only a great person in Amy, but a good management staff under Amy," COO Jane Levine tells the Washington Business Journal.
Washington Business Journal  |  01-09-2003  1:27 pm  |  Industry News