AAPA participated in Amateur Journalism Conference 2016, held July 22-23 (Friday and Saturday) at the home of the Library of Amateur Journalism (LAJ): the University of Wisconsin-Madison. AAPA President Peter Schaub designated this as an official AAPA regional gathering, with Barry Schrader in charge of AAPA arrangements.
The Conference commemorated the 100th anniversary of the purchase of the LAJ by The Fossils ("the historians of amateur journalism"), and highlighed the efforts of UW staff in preserving and organizing it since they received it in 2004. In addition to The Fossils, NAPA also participated, holding its national convention in conjunction with the Conference.
A total of 51 people attended the Conference; 16 (31%) of these were AAPA members or family: John Carvalho & Joe Palmer, Michael Coughlin, George Hamilton, Kim Hamilton, Arie Koelewyn & Kate Corby, Russell & Delores Miller, Tom Parson, Peter Schaub, Barry & Kay Schrader, Dave & Liz Tribby, and Clarence Wolfshohl.
Pictures taken at the Conference are available in a Google photo album: Amateur Journalism Conference 2016.
You can review slides from an AAPA presentation in a PDF file: Late Greats in AJ, which contains pictures of several AAPA greats.
Amateur journalism is a unique activity. Amateur journalists publish journals on paper & online & come from many perspectives: from deluxe letterpress printed journals, to Xeroxed newsletters, to artistically designed cards and ephemera. We embrace the spirit of being amateurs – loving what we do for pure joy and not financial gain – while creating top quality journals, zines, and homemade publications.