About ANF

 The Alternative Newsweekly Foundation (ANF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) originally incorporated in the District of Columbia in 2002.

EIN: 30-0100369 


ANF is dedicated to the promotion and support of independent journalism.

As part of its affiliation with the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN), ANF supports the growth, education, and professional development of future journalists while connecting younger journalists with mentors.

The foundation has three main objectives:

  • To work side by side with AAN to support the core principles of the alternative press: Speaking truth to power, telling stories other publications won’t, and giving voice to those who would otherwise go unheard.
  • To serve as a fiscal sponsor to independent entities that are in the business of building local news and information infrastructure and initiatives that ultimately serve their communities.
  • To engage and collaborate with National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP), representing more than 500 Black and Latino-owned news outlets, local alternative publications, and online news sites, to advance the mission behind the Fund For Equity In Local News.

Board of directors


Ellen J. Meany


Publisher, The American Prospect

Graham Jarrett


Immediate Past President, Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN)

Florida Group Publisher at Chava Communications

George Thurlow


Consultant, Buzz Publishing

Kevin Goldberg



First Amendment Specialist, Freedom Forum

Blair Barna


Director of Business Development, SceneThink

Jimmy Boegle


President, Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN)

Publisher and Editor, Coachella Valley Independent

Publisher and Executive Editor, Reno News & Review

Ron Burke


National Sales and Business Development Director, National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA)

Evelyn Castro


Vice President of Operations, La Prensa De Houston

Secretary, National Association of Hispanic Publications Inc (NAHP)

Julie Ann Grimm


Editor and Publisher, Santa Fe Reporter

Jason Pramas


Executive Editor and Associate Publisher, DigBoston

Executive Director, Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism (BINJ)

Todd Stauffer


Association Manager and Digital Specialist, Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN)