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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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