Talk:Alternative newspaper

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I'm removing

  • Vitality, Cape Cod, MA (unusual for being sharply conservative-leaning and geared towards an older crowd)

from the list of newsweeklies in the main article. It sounds like a local senior's newspaper or magazine, another distinct genre itself, being mistaken for an alternative weekly. While a right-wing newspaper could probably be an alternative weekly, and certainly at least follow the format, and an alternative weekly could target older readers (many of them arguably do, and there was some explicit talk about Seattle Weekly, for instance, targetting a 50+ audience a few years back), there's no evidence this is either. The only two pieces of information I've found on it online: Harwich Chamber of Commerce membership listing, Letter to the editor. And here a real right-wing newspaper in Cape Cod, extensively enough reviewing the Cape Cod conservative newspaper scene, doesn't even mention it. (By the way, Joe Scarborough's short-lived Independent Florida Sun tried to join the AAN; you can see their jury's verdict here. Who needs Idol?) Samaritan 10:45, 4 May 2005 (UTC)

  • Well... I added Vitality because it definitely leans in an alternative, or at least conservative-libertarian, direction, with a heavy emphasis on alternative medicine. (Personally, I find alt-med to be a detestable and cowardly field of inquiry, afraid to prove itself in scientific terms because it knows that 90% of what it preaches doesn't work and the other 10%, when found, would be immediately coopted by the mainstream, and I'm also fairly far to the left politically and find Vitality's mix of conservatism to be unreadable, but personal judgements are not the place of a Wikipedia article.) That said, I'll leave it up to others reading the article to decide whether to restore it or not. Peer review is a good thing, in medicine and encylopedias. Haikupoet 20:15, 4 May 2005 (UTC)
    • Oooh, there are so many local/regional freebie alternative health magazines... maybe it's a hybrid general market community newspaper/senior's newspaper/alternatie health publication? How's its coverage of music, film and performing arts? These are front and centre for most generally recognized altweeklies. Peripheral questions, but helpful in getting a sense of the paper: Is it weekly? Tabloid sized without a second ("quarter") fold? Newsprint? Magazine-style cover rather than stories beginning on the cover? While these attributes aren't universal they're very common to the generally recognized altweekly style. Samaritan 21:58, 4 May 2005 (UTC), now intensely curious about this obscure local publication
      • If a alt weekly isnt a member of AAN... it should be really scrutinized before being included in the wiki.
        • Just pointing out that there are libertarian oriented newspapers that are members of the AAN. Newspapers such as the Reno News and Review definitely do not fit into the liberal mold but more into the "Mountain West Swing Vote Libertarian" category. 22:45, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

Village Voice Media and New Times Media[edit]

I believe that several Village Voice Media papers are currently being sold to New Times Media. Does anyone know the exact list? If so, can we update this page accordingly? - Jmabel | Talk 22:13, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

Exhaustive list?[edit]

What do you think about separating the list into a new list like "List of alternative weekly newspapers" or something? (also remove those external links) It seems highly unnecessary to include all of those here. —Jared Hunt August 26, 2006, 04:44 (UTC)

I'd be all from moving them to a separate "list" article. I think the external links are useful: they double as references and easy access to the various papers. - Jmabel | Talk 05:57, 27 August 2006 (UTC)

The Pitch[edit]

The Pitch is indeed an alternative weekly here in Kansas City. However, this link goes to The Pitch (Seinfeld episode) via a redirect. I don't know how to fix this. Can anyone help?--JustAGal 14:25, 25 September 2006 (UTC)

Added it to the address provided The Pitch (Alternative weekly), though it's just a clone of Dallas' at the moment. --Hobbes747 08:01, 26 September 2006 (UTC)


  • Not a single ISSN is listed on this page. Wouldn't it be more appropriate to untag this page and tag the individual pages on publications that could have an ISSN listed but do not? --Keesiewonder talk 12:56, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
Agreed, and removed. -Tobogganoggin talk 23:09, 20 March 2007 (UTC)

Requested Move[edit]

I have requested to move the page to Alternative newspaper for these reasons:

  • A newspaper is what it is. Weekly is too colloquial and generalized a term for the title.
  • Only most of the papers in this category are published weekly, certainly not all.

VanTucky 00:46, 19 May 2007 (UTC)

  • Support. While the vast majority seem to be weekly, the content and style, not the regularity of publication, is their defining characteristic. --DeLarge 10:41, 20 May 2007 (UTC)

I guess no one remembers the Chicago Reader, oh wait, it still exists, uncompromised[edit]

The Chicago Reader gets no mention in this article, even though it is maybe only second to the Village Voice in historical significance and influence, and still exists relatively unchanged and un-corporatized today. I guess it's not an "industry leader"; its absence here only demonstrates the near-death of truly alternative newspapers. 17:33, 28 June 2007 (UTC) Whoops, it looks like they just sold out to a cheezy Atlanta chain. 18:35, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

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