The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies–of which the LA Weekly, OC Weekly, Pasadena Weekly and San Diego CityBeat are members–just voted to give itself a name change. The organization will now be called the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. The name change was apparently inspired by the acceptance of The American Independent News Network–an online only news venture which operates sites in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington–into the AAN fold.
In other AAN news, Richard Prince has an interesting piece about diversity in the alt…newsmedia world. Prince sat on a panel at the recent AAN conference in New Orleans, alongside Doris Truong, president of the Asian American Journalists Association, and Robert Hernandez, an assistant professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, to discuss why the altnews world is “so white.”
Most cities have alt-weeklies. They are often brash, muckraking and edge-pushing; they tell you where to find the best entertainment for the weekend — and they are usually very white. The association has no figures, but their staffs seem to be whiter than their mainstream counterparts, the dailies.