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Association of Alternative Newsmedia - AAN

About brings an international audience the best, most insightful, thought-provoking news and features published by its member news organizations. Updated throughout the week, features the latest news about politics, crime, social issues, the environment, health, sex, food, film, music, art and books -- all with a different perspective than what is found on wire-service and daily-newspaper websites.

The Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) is a diverse group of 130 alternative news organizations covering every major metropolitan area and other less-populated regions of North America. AAN members have a combined weekly circulation of over 6.5 million as well as a print readership of nearly 17 million active, educated and influential adults in the U.S. and Canada. In addition, AAN-member content is viewed by millions of additional adults via the web and mobile devices.

AAN was founded in Seattle, Wash., in 1978. It began with 30 newspapers, including San Francisco Bay Guardian, Creative Loafing, Phoenix New Times, Willamette Week and the Chicago Reader. To meet the association's rigorous membership standards, weekly newspapers must demonstrate that they produce high-quality journalism that offers a valuable alternative to the mainstream media in their area. As a result, only 30 percent of the papers that apply for membership are admitted to the organization. The 130 publications that now make up the association publish in 42 states and the District of Columbia in the United States, and in four Canadian provinces.

There are a wide range of publications in AAN. What ties them together are a strong focus on local news, culture and the arts; an informal and sometimes profane style; an emphasis on point-of-view reporting and narrative journalism; a tolerance for individual freedoms and social differences; and an eagerness to report on issues and communities that many mainstream media outlets ignore.

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