SOURCE: The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies

July 06, 2011 12:00 ET

The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Convention Brings Saints and Sinners Together in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, LA--(Marketwire - Jul 6, 2011) - In these summer months, it's important to stay cool -- and it doesn't get much cooler than spending a weekend in New Orleans learning alongside members of the nation's smartest and slyest alternative newsweeklies.

Join us for the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies 2011 Convention, July 21-23 at the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans. The event, sponsored by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Whole Foods, Foundation Content Management Systems and Forkfly, promises to be the premier gathering of independent media from all over the U.S. and Canada.

More than 400 publishers, editors and advertising directors will travel to the Big Easy to learn and teach about new technologies, management tips and trends in editorial, advertising, design and online processes.

Rub elbows and build your network with these forward thinking, bad-ass hipsters of the media world while attending sessions featuring speakers from the Pew Research Center, The Washington Post, The Poynter Institute, The New York Times, Columbia University, and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

A three day tradeshow, including the Columbia Journalism School, Ad Perfect and The Media Audit will introduce you to the products and services that will help you connect with your audience better. If you would like to exhibit in the tradeshow, some space is available, but act now -- it's going fast.

Along with work, there will be plenty of play, with night-time receptions featuring free booze, brass bands, and burlesque.

The convention offers a hot time during the hottest time of the year. But you don't have to take our word for it; just come down and see for yourself.

The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN) is a diverse group of 131 alt-weekly 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 and a print readership of nearly 17 million active, educated and influential adults in the U.S. and Canada. And millions of additional adults read AAN-member content via the Web.

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