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Houston Press, San Antonio Current, and Fort Worth Weekly Win Lone Star Awards

Terrence McCoy was named Print Journalist of the Year. (FULL STORY)
Houston Press Club  |  08-12-2013  3:30 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Former Fort Worth Weekly Reporter Betty Brink Dies at 80new

Brink won several AAN awards over the years, including first-place awards for Corrections Reporting (2000) and Short-Form News Story (2005).
Fort Worth Weekly  |  12-10-2012  1:05 pm  |  Industry News

Texas Alts Shine Bright at 2012 Lone Star Awardsnew

Fort Worth Weekly, Houston Press, and San Antonio Current took honors in several categories at the Houston Press Club's Lone Star Awards.
Houston Press Club  |  07-11-2012  11:00 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Texas Alts Sweep Lone Star Awardsnew

Craig Malisow of the Houston Press and Jeff Prince of Fort Worth Weekly were honored as Journalist of the Year in their respective divisions.
Houston Press Club  |  06-27-2011  6:15 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Fort Worth Weekly Wins Environmental Reporting Awardnew

The Sierra Club's Lone Star Chapter has named Fort Worth Weekly as the recipient of its annual Environmental Reporting Award for its coverage of the environmental effects of gas drilling.
Fort Worth Weekly  |  03-09-2011  4:54 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Three Texas Alt-Weeklies Honored with SPJ Awardsnew

The Fort Worth Weekly, Houston Press and San Antonio Current took home a total of 10 first-place awards in the SPJ Fort Worth First Amendment Awards. Fort Worth Weekly took home leading honors for Defending the Disadvantaged, Green News, Reporting on Open Government, Opening the Books and Student Work, while the Press, competing in the higher-circulation division, won firsts for Defending the Disadvantaged, Green News and Opening the Books. The Current, which like the Weekly was competing in the small-circ division, took home first-place honors in the Investigative and Opinion or Commentary categories.
Fort Worth SPJ  |  04-22-2010  12:55 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Fort Worth Weekly Staff Writer Helping to Lead Local Music Co-Opnew

Eric Griffey has joined the Fort Worth Music Co-Op as a co-president. The co-op was formed last year by a local musician "as a go-between for Fort Worth musicians and clubs that would, so to speak, allow the scene to book itself," according to the Weekly. The co-op has applied for federal nonprofit status, and launched the Co-Op Outreach Program, which provides free guitars and music lessons to low-income Fort Worth high-school students.
Fort Worth Weekly  |  01-27-2010  11:44 am  |  Industry News

Four AAN Members Clean Up at the Lone Star Awardsnew

The Houston Press and Fort Worth Weekly were the big winners in this year's awards competition sponsored by the Houston Press Club. The Press won a total of 16 awards. In the big papers division, it finished first for Business Story and General Commentary/Criticism, while staff writer Craig Malisow was named Print Journalist of the Year (his colleague Chris Vogel was runner-up.) In the art and web divisions open to all papers, the Press took home first-place awards for Feature Story, Hard News Reporting, Photo Package and Sports Photo. The Weekly, competing in the small papers division, won a total of 11 awards, including first-place finishes in Feature Story, Investigative Reporting, Politics/Government, Sports Story and Business Story (which it swept). Also in the large division, the Dallas Observer won four awards, including firsts for Feature Story, Sports Story; in the small division, San Antonio Current took home three awards.
Houston Press Club (pdf)  |  07-02-2009  8:51 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Fort Worth Weekly Wins Investigative Reporting Prizenew

A story published in the Weekly that exposed environmental abuses by Texas energy producer TXU has won a 2008 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award in the local-circulation weeklies category. The story, which analyzed more than 25 million EPA emissions records over 10 years, was a joint project of the Weekly and the Center for Public Integrity.
Investigative Reporters and Editors  |  03-31-2009  1:48 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Three AAN Members Take Home Press Club of Dallas Awardsnew

The Dallas Observer, Fort Worth Weekly, and Houston Press were all honored when the Press Club's announced its 50th annual Katie Awards Saturday night. The Press won a total of three awards in the large newspapers division, including a first-place win for Column. The Observer, which also competed in the large newspapers division, won one award. In the small and medium newspapers division, the Weekly took home a total of four awards, three of which were first-place finishes -- in Business reporting, Investigative Series or Story, and Specialty Reporting.
The Press Club of Dallas  |  11-17-2008  8:37 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Grapevine, Texas, Proposes Ban on News Boxesnew

The city of about 50,000 residents near Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is proposing an outright ban on news boxes in its historic downtown district, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Councilwoman Darlene Freed says the council, which will hold a public hearing on the issue next month, is divided on the ban. Freed says the boxes "are not particularly attractive, but I think you have to have access to newspapers on Main Street ... it's about the First Amendment." Freed also says she's talking with city officials about regulating the boxes rather than banning them. "I suggest they should at least talk with publishers about resolving these issues," says Fort Worth Weekly publisher Lee Newquist, who has several news boxes along the city's Main Street corridor.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram  |  10-20-2008  11:58 am  |  Industry News

Fort Worth Weekly Writer Finds Source Dead While Reporting Story

Jeff Prince was working on a story about a group of patients who were helping their doctor try to regain his medical license. The doc specialized in treating chronic pain and was the only professional in the area willing to prescribe drugs like oxycodone, so when his license was suspended his patients went without meds. One such patient was David Noblett, who sustained severe back injuries in the Vietnam war that gave him decades of agony. As Prince was wrapping up the story, he called Noblett at home to let him know he was coming over to snap a cover photo. But when Prince arrived 30 minutes later, he found Noblett slumped in a chair, dead. The doctor tells the Weekly that four of his patients have committed suicide since his license was suspended. Noblett's official cause of death won't be confirmed until the medical examiner's office does a toxicology report.
AAN News  |  10-03-2008  9:57 am  |  Industry News

AAN Members Fare Well in the Lone Star Awardsnew

Alt-weeklies fairly dominated the newspaper divisions of the 2008 Lone Star Awards, the Texas-wide journalism contest sponsored by the Houston Press Club. In the over-100,000 circulation division, the Houston Press and Dallas Observer combined to take first, second and third places in the "Print Journalist of the Year" competition. The Observer won a total of five awards, while the Press took home more firsts (nine) and more awards overall than any other paper in the division. The Press finished first in these categories: Print Journalist of the Year, Photojournalist of the Year, Public Service, Business Story, General Commentary/Criticism, Feature Story (Internet-based), Opinion (Internet-based), Sports Photo, and Photo Package. In the under-100,000 newspaper division, the Fort Worth Weekly brought home more hardware than any other paper. That included five first-place trophies, in these categories: Feature Story, Investigative Reporting, Politics/Government, Business Story, and Student News. The awards were presented on June 6.
Houston Press Club (PDF file)  |  06-18-2008  7:51 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Alt-Weeklies Honored by Fort Worth SPJ Chapter

AAN members took home a fair share of the honors last week in the First Amendment Awards competition sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists' Fort Worth pro chapter, winning a combined three first places among eight print categories in the Texas-Oklahoma contest. Fort Worth Weekly took first place in the Reporting on Open Government and student categories, while the Houston Press finished first in the Defending the Disadvantaged category. The Weekly also won an additional second-place award, and the Press took one more second- and third-place finish. (FULL STORY)
Fort Worth Weekly Press Release  |  04-18-2008  8:45 am  |  Honors & Achievements