AAN News

Joe Pappalardo Named Editor of the Dallas Observer

Voice Media Group announced today that Joe Pappalardo has been named editor-in-chief of the Dallas Observer. (FULL STORY)
VMG  |  11-18-2015  3:00 pm  |  Industry News

Chicago Reader, Dallas Observer, Village Voice Win James Beard Journalism Awards

Mike Sula, Alice Laussade, and Tejal Rao earned top honors from the James Beard Foundation. (FULL STORY)
JBF  |  05-06-2013  4:15 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Chicago Reader, Dallas Observer, Village Voice Receive James Beard Nominations

Mike Sula, Alice Laussade, and Tejal Rao are finalists for the 2013 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards. (FULL STORY)
Food Writing  |  03-18-2013  4:57 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Dallas Observer Names Music Editornew

The Dallas Observer has named alt-weekly veteran Audra Schroeder as its new music editor.
Dallas Observer  |  11-08-2011  5:02 pm  |  Industry News

Village Voice Media Cuts Editorial Staff, Cites Economic Challenges

Editorial staffers at City Pages (Twin Cities), Dallas Observer, OC Weekly, Seattle Weekly, and SF Weekly are hit. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  09-28-2011  12:53 pm  |  Industry News

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

Best of the West 2011 Honors Seven Altsnew

The recent Best of the West journalism contest honored several alt-weeklies, including the Houston Press, Phoenix New Times, SF Weekly and Denver's Westword, which each picked up first-place honors.
The Best of the West  |  06-22-2011  4:06 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Dallas Observer Names Joe Tone As Editornew

Joe Tone has been tapped as editor of the Dallas Observer, where he will replace Mark Donald. Tone was most recently the editor of The Pitch in Kansas City.
Dallas Observer  |  03-31-2011  3:00 pm  |  Industry News

Several Alt-Weekly Writers Are James Beard Finalistsnew

Alt-Weekly writers are well-represented in the list of finalists for the 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards. Winners will be announced on May 6.
James Beard Foundation  |  03-21-2011  5:25 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Four Alt-Weeklies Named Finalists in Food Journalism Awardsnew

The Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) has announced the winners in its 2010 awards competition, and four AAN members are in the mix. Miami New Times has placed in three categories -- Best Newspaper Food Feature (under 200K circ.), Best Newspaper Food Story and Best Newspaper Food Criticism. The Village Voice staff is competing in the Best Newspaper Food Coverage (150-250K circ.) category, while the L.A. Weekly staff is in the running for Best Food Blog. And the Mountain Xpress' Hanna Raskin, who recently decamped to the Dallas Observer, is competing in the Best Newspaper Food Column category. The placement of the winners will be announced at AFJ's annual conference in September.
Association of Food Journalists  |  05-06-2010  1:34 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

SPD: Dallas Observer's Covers Among 'Most Creative of Any Publication'new

The Society of Publication Designers takes a look at the work being done at the Observer by art director Alexander Flores, who says he does almost all of the cover work himself. The SPD highlights a collection of Flores' covers that are quite diverse; the art director says that's intentional. "I try look at the paper as a collective volume; I try to not design similar-looking covers in tone, color palette, style, etc. in consecutive weeks," he says. "I want to make sure that the readers notice the new issue on the stand and pick that one up too, instead of not, because from 10 feet away it looks like last week's issue which they already grabbed."
The Society of Publication Designers  |  12-08-2009  10:56 am  |  Industry News

Dallas Observer Refuses to Hand Over Interview Tape to Judgenew

After a guilty verdict was handed down in Dallas' high-profile political corruption trial last month, one juror told an Observer reporter that the jurors may have discussed -- or overhead outside discussion about -- some pieces of evidence during the trial, both of which are against the rules of the court. That revelation led one of the defense attorneys to request a new trial, which led the judge to request the interview tape from the Observer. The paper said no, drawing a snippy rebuke from the judge, who wrote that the alt-weekly was citing "some vague constitutional protection unknown to this Court" in its refusal to give her the tape. "But 'round here we call that 'vague constitutional protection' the First Amendment," notes Observer managing editor Patrick Williams, adding: "We're not in the business of becoming an adjunct to the government."
Dallas Observer  |  11-13-2009  10:35 am  |  Industry News

Dallas Observer's Live-Blogging Wins Local Bar Association Awardnew

The Dallas Bar Association honors the best legal news reporting in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with its annual Stephen Philbin Awards; this year the Dallas Observer's Jim Schutze and Robert Wilonsky took home an award in the new category of Electronic Media News/Feature Article for their live-blogging of a City Hall corruption trial, which the association says "gave readers a play-by-play account of each day's courtroom activities."
Dallas Bar Association (PDF file)  |  10-14-2009  11:48 am  |  Honors & Achievements

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

Long Island Press Wins Casey Medalnew

The alt-weekly won this year's Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism in the non-daily category for its story on the growing heroin epidemic among Long Island's youth -- a story the judges called "the epitome of public service journalism." The story -- "Long Highland" -- also won the AltWeekly Award for Public Service last week in Tucson. The Dallas Observer and New Times Broward-Palm Beach received honorable mentions in the Casey Medal competition, which recognizes "exemplary reporting on children and families in the U.S."
The Journalism Center on Children & Families  |  07-01-2009  9:01 am  |  Honors & Achievements