Boise Weekly Publisher Sally Freeman was elected to the board of directors of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies last week during the group’s annual meeting in Tucson, Ariz.
Freeman will serve as an at-large member for the association, which is made up of about 130 papers from cities across the country.
“As a member of the board of AAN, I will work towards catapulting alternative weeklies to continue to represent the cutting edge in media in both print and digital journalism,” Freeman said. “Though the association represents a coalition of many alt weeklies of different sizes and formats, our mission and challenges remain the same. Boise Weekly will continue to work toward being the best independent media source in the Treasure Valley representing our local community.”
Alt weeklies have evolved in recent years as journalism has moved online. Much of the focus at this year’s convention was on new ways to present information, deliver advertising and engage readers. But alternative press fundamentals—the honest practice of journalism—remains the link between AAN papers: “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,” according to the association Web site.
BW Editor Rachael Daigle, Art Director Leila Ramella and citydesk curator Nathaniel Hoffman also attended the raucous confab in Tucson, earning Boise a spot in yet another Top 10 list, the Wisest Company Cost Cutting in the Alt Weekly Association list: While all the other, big-shot editors paid $6 for beers and $22 for steak sandwiches at the posh golf resort south of town, the BW crew holed up in our rooms with vodka and avocados from Safeway.
It also may have bettered our chances of hosting the event in, maybe, 2011, after all the verdant golf resorts in Arizona dry up and whither.