Earlier this week, we noted that a piece in the Fort Worth Weekly had won a 2008 Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Award in the local-circulation weeklies category, but we neglected to mention that four other alt-weekly stories were IRE finalists. In the local-circulation weeklies category, Phoenix New Times' John Dickerson had two stories place, while the Houston Press' Chris Vogel had one. In addition, L.A. Weekly's Christine Pelisek was the runner-up for the Tom Renner Award, which is specifically for crime reporting.

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The Ocala Star-Banner reported over the weekend that Ocala Magazine editor Heather Lee repeatedly lifted passages from other publications. The Houston Press reports that one such publication was itself: Lee stole a portion of a restaurant review by Robb Walsh, omitting only the words, "I know, I've been there" in a 63-word segment about eating meat. "You'd think someone could have come up with their own impressions of how to eat meat," Walsh says.

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Robb Walsh's Sex, Death & Oysters: A Half Shell Lover's World Tour was released by Counterpoint on Jan. 1. "It was a 2004 cover story by the same name in the Houston Press that got the ball rolling on this book project," Walsh writes. "It gave me a great excuse to go eat oysters in England, Ireland, France and Canada and in most of the places where oysters are grown in the U.S." Walsh's other books include The Texas Cowboy Cookbook, Are You Really Going to Eat That? and The Tex-Mex Cookbook.

Continue ReadingHouston Press Food Writer Releases New Book

I Love You Phillip Morris, starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, is based on a series of stories by former Press reporter Steve McVicker about relentless con man Steven Russell. The film "will be showing at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, and publicity is starting to build," the Press reports. McVicker, who now works for a Houston attorney, makes a cameo in the film as a judge.

Continue ReadingFilm Based on Houston Press Stories Heads to Sundance

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.

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Miami New Times' Lee Klein won a first-place award for Newspaper Restaurant Criticism in this year's Association of Food Journalists awards. Robb Walsh of the Houston Press and Randall Roberts of Riverfront Times took second and third place, respectively, in the Newspaper Food Feature category; and Seattle Weekly's Maggie Dutton finished second in the Newspaper Food Column category. Winners were announced last weekend at a banquet in Houston.

Continue ReadingAlt-Weeklies Win Four Food Journalism Awards

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.

Continue ReadingAAN Members Fare Well in the Lone Star Awards