The President of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies appreciates the role of blogs in building general buzz for independent reporting. As he mentioned in his "State of the Association" speech this week:
And, this year, we did something AAN hasnt tried in years -- commissioning shared editorial. Not only did Jason Vests report on a closely-held memo from an operative inside the Iraq Occupation get AAN lots of attention -- from random blogs to Harpers magazine -- it filled a lot of news holes around the country with solid reporting . . . for free.