Chronicle, San Antonio Paper May Share "Generic" Features
You know what this town needs?
A lot of generic feature stories in the daily newspaper.
Editor & Publisher magazine is reporting that the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News, both owned by Hearst Newspapers, "are in talks to share some feature-section production and design efforts, according to Chronicle Publisher Jack Sweeney -- who said the move could include using similar generic stories."
Let's hear it for generic features!! That's the stuff to get young folks picking up the paper!
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The two papers already share an Austin bureau, and the Chron does tend to run a lot of San Antonio stuff under editor Jeff Cohen, who once worked there. (And not all of it is done by columnist Rick Casey; it just seems that way sometimes.)
Potential bad news if you work in either feature department, but it could be worse.
You could be working for the Austin American-Statesman. Its owner, Cox Enterprises, has announced it is selling the paper.
We hope it's bought by someone who doesn't come in swinging a personnel-cutting ax. But these days, you never know.
-- Richard Connelly
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