The Press: 15 Rounds and Counting

A decade and a half of devilish deeds and die-hard journalism

The building also serves as a repository of the rewards for not being afraid of taking risks: a few hundred honors from journalism organizations, both national and regional.

Staffers and the paper itself have been recognized by the Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Writing Awards, the Medill School of Journalism's John Bartlow Martin Awards for Public Interest Magazine Journalism, the University of Missouri's Lifestyle Journalism Awards, the Magazine Awards of Western Publishing's Maggie Awards, the GLAAD Media Awards, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, the National Association of Black Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and other national organizations.

National anthologies have picked up Press features. Food reviewers have feasted on major honors by the James Beard Journalism Awards, the Association of Food Journalists and other culinary groups.

Of course, the ultimate honor is a decade and a half of doing much more than just surviving as Houston's alternative newspaper.

Weekly press runs have more than doubled since that beginning in 1989; publication sizes have almost tripled, and the staff has grown tenfold since the launch.

And most of all, the Houston Press has made a place for itself in the wacky world of Houston. The annual special issues and events -- Best of Houston honors, the Music Awards, fun runs and more -- have woven themselves into the fabric of fresh lifestyles for the Bayou City.

After 15 years, the foundation has been laid. And, just as with that first edition, the fight rages on.

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