AAN News

Times Shamrock Taps Chris Keating as Scene Publisher

Chris Keating, who was most recently publisher at the San Antonio Current, has been named the new publisher at Times Shamrock sister paper the Cleveland Scene. Replacing Keating in San Antonio will be Michael Wagner, a former publisher of the Riverfront Times. He will take the title of general manager. (FULL STORY)
Times Shamrock Alternative Newsweekly Group Press Release  |  03-04-2010  9:25 am  |  Press Releases

San Antonio Current Series Makes 'Best Environmental Journalism' Listnew

Greg Harman's three-part Nukes of Hazard series has made On Earth magazine's "Best Environmental Journalism of 2009" list, along with several books, a series from the New York Times and pieces from prominent national magazines like The New Yorker, Mother Jones and Vanity Fair. "Harman shows readers what's at stake in the current industry campaign to create a 'nuclear renaissance' in Texas," Osha Gray Davidson writes. "Nukes of Hazard is exactly what alternative weeklies are supposed to provide but frequently don't: a powerfully written, in-depth piece about an issue that is most important to readers -- now that they've found out about it." On Earth is published by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
On Earth  |  12-30-2009  12:01 pm  |  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

How I Got That Story: Gilbert Garcia

In the sixteenth installment of this year's "How I Got That Story" series, San Antonio Current music editor Gilbert Garcia talks about his winning columns, which Ling Ma says are all "portraits of mediocrity." She's talking not about Garcia's writing, of course, but about the subjects he covers: The Police, Paul McCartney, and American Idol Haley Scarnato. Garcia discusses his band, the role a music critic should play, and the difficulty of writing about something you know very well. "When you know too much about a subject, you almost have too many approaches you could take," he says. (FULL STORY)
AAN News  |  11-14-2008  12:44 pm  |  Association News

San Antonio Current Names New Publisher

Chris Keating, who was publisher of SF Weekly from 2004-2006, will relocate to San Antonio and take over as the Current's publisher effective Aug. 1, AAN News has learned. He replaces Chris Sexson, who took the publisher spot at the Current's Times-Shamrock sister publication Metro Times in mid-June.
AAN News  |  07-23-2008  8:13 am  |  Industry News

Former San Antonio Current Staffer Running for Presidentnew

Kat Swift, who worked at the alt-weekly from 2002-2006, is gunning for the Oval Office, seeking the presidential nomination of the Green Party. "The FEC filing is insane," she tells the Current. "You can see how they sort of made it where companies can make money off of the government's inability to be simplistic and straightforward." Swift, who the Current calls "San Antonio's newest perennial candidate," started at the paper as receptionist and worked her way up to credit manager. In this Q&A, she talks about why she's running, the need for third parties, and how hard it is to get on the ballot.
San Antonio Current  |  05-08-2008  9:39 am  |  Industry News

Chris Sexson Named New Publisher of Metro Times

San Antonio Current publisher Chris Sexson has accepted the position of publisher at Detroit's Metro Times. Both papers are owned by Times-Shamrock Communications. Sexson, who has been with the Current for five years, will take over at Metro Times in mid-June. (FULL STORY)
Times-Shamrock Communications Press Release  |  05-02-2008  1:03 pm  |  Press Releases

Four Alt-Weekly Journalists Named NEA Fellowsnew

Michael Bowen (The Pacific Northwest Inlander), Skylar Browning (Missoula Independent), Brendan Kiley (The Stranger), and Ashley Lindstrom (San Antonio Current) have been named fellows in the fourth National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater at USC's Annenberg School. The fellows will participate in a rigorous 10-day program in February with guest faculty including L.A. Weekly theater editor Steven Leigh Morris.
USC Annenberg School for Communication Press Release  |  12-21-2007  8:26 am  |  Honors & Achievements

Texas Alt-Weekly Contributor Honored by Fellow Book Criticsnew

Steven G. Kellman, a contributor to the Texas Observer and San Antonio Current and professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, was named the winner yesterday of the National Book Critics Circle's (NBCC) 2006 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, which is awarded to "the most accomplished reviewer," from within the NBCC membership. "Texas is lucky to have Steve Kellman," writes Celia McGee on the NBCC's blog. "His range is open to the most extreme elements, in the writers he considers, but also in himself. That takes guts, and keeps reviewing fresh."
University of Texas at San Antonio Press Release  |  02-21-2007  1:18 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Online Ad Firm Signs Six Alt-Weekly Clientsnew

Mediaspan, which calls itself "the leading provider of digital content management and national advertising solutions for over 4,000 local media properties," yesterday announced the addition of several new clients, including AAN members Philadelphia City Paper, Austin Chronicle, San Antonio Current, Salt Lake City Weekly, Arkansas Times and Jackson Free Press. "Our drive to deliver new, national revenue for our affiliate partners goes hand-in-hand with our goal of meeting the demands of national advertisers who want to reach a specific local audience, in markets large and small, across multiple types of media," says a Mediaspan executive. "Whether advertisers seek online display ads on newspaper websites, pre-roll video on TV websites or online radio audio streams, we can deliver."
Mediaspan Press Release  |  01-31-2007  3:19 pm  |  Industry News

Lisa Sorg Steps Down as Editor of San Antonio Currentnew

"I steered the paper in a populist direction, and viewed our job as to say what others could not, or would not," Sorg (pictured) writes in this week's issue. Sorg, who arrived in San Antonio five years ago and was named editor two years later, says she derived great joy working with the small editorial staff "to transform the Current into a credible, relevant, and indispensable publication -- one that offers the urgency of a newspaper and the context of a magazine." Satisfied that she accomplished what she set out to do, Sorg will continue to contribute to the paper as a freelance writer.
San Antonio Current  |  03-22-2006  10:50 am  |  Industry News

San Antonio Current 'Grows Up, But Not Old'new

The Current kicks off its 20th anniversary year with a Jan. 18 retrospective of the paper's two decades, from breaking news about then-Mayor Henry Cisneros' adulterous affair, to the phallic cartoon that prompted businesses to ban the paper, to award-winning stories about media ownership. Journalist Steven G. Kellman writes of the newspaper culture in San Antonio: "Though the entire editorial staff of the Current is outnumbered by just the sports department at the Express-News, they keep the Hearst daily on its toes often by stepping on the toes of the powerful." The Current will auction framed digital prints of its most notable covers at four anniversary events over the course of the year.
San Antonio Current  |  01-18-2006  11:44 am  |  Industry News