Big changes may be in store for your local alternative weekly. Last week, Voice Media Group announced it was exploring “new strategies for its publishing assets,” including their sale or acquisition. The circulation numbers for alt-weeklies aren’t looking good. Alt-weeklies face many of the same problems that print publications do – mainly that ad revenues are shifting to digital platforms. But even as the number of weeklies drop, some are turning toward crowdfunding to have one last hurrah. That’s what’s happening at the Knoxville Mercury (staffers from the defunct Metro Pulse) and  SF Bay Guardian in Exile. The changes at Voice Media will surely be a talking point at the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) conference this weekend. For our podcast, we’ll have special guests Gustavo Arellano, editor at OC Weekly; Tiffany Shackleford, executive director of AAN; and regular Andrew Lih of American University. PBS MediaShift’s Mark Glaser will host and Jefferson Yen will produce.

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