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    October 15, 2013

    Ben Hall Vs. The Houston Chronicle

    So a while back the Houston Chronicle set up an editorial board meeting featuring Mayor Annise Parker and Ben Hall, the two frontrunners for mayor. The meeting was scheduled for last Friday. Parker and Hall were to meet with the board so the board could consider which candidate the paper would endo ... More >>

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    September 18, 2013

    Chronicle Names New Editor, Executive VP

    It would appear the Chron has a new head boss. Nancy Barnes, the former editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune will take over as Editor and Executive Vice President on October 15. Barnes, 52, replaces Jeff Cohen who is taking over the Editorial and Op-Ed sections of the news division. Though she has ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    Houston Chronicle Editor Jeff Cohen Steps Down

    In an emailed message to the staff at the Houston Chronicle, and also announced online, Editor Jeff Cohen has announced he is stepping down as editor. Cohen wrote that after 10 years at the head of the daily, he will become Executive Vice President and> Executive Editor, in charge of the publicati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Houston Chronicle To Employees: No Raises, But Enjoy The Barbecue & 5k Runs

    The Houston Chronicle, like many if not all print-journalism outlets, is still trying to adjust to the ever-changing conditions that have been thrust on it. Fear not: The paper has undertaken a campaign designed to make it one of the "Top 50 Places to Work in Texas." How it's reportedly getting th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    Chron Admits Journatic Stories May Have Had Fake Bylines

    Tucked neatly beneath a photo of Pitbull and next to the lotto numbers in Tuesday's Houston Chronicle A section (page 2, if you're curious) was a "Note to our readers" that detailed the Chron's recent discovery that stories provided to them by Journatic and affiliate Blockshopper had used pseudonyms ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Sarah Tressler: Houston Chronicle Society Writer By Day, Stripper By Night

    It sounds like a bad rom-com book and movie, which no doubt its author hopes it will be -- society reporter for a big-city newspaper by day, stripper by night. That's apparently the life being led by Sarah Tressler, who began writing society stuff for the Houston Chronicle after Douglas Britt left ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    The Chronicle Takes Middle Road on Controversial Doonesbury Strips

    This week's Doonesbury strips deal with the Texas law mandating sonograms for women seeking abortions. Many newspapers around the country are refusing to run the strips, which compare what the law requires to "rape" at one point. Some are moving the strip to the op-ed page, or just putting it onli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Richard Justice Disses the Chron

    When he left his job as the paper's lead sports columnist to write for, Richard Justice was effusive in his praise for the Houston Chronicle. "I love newspapers and especially the Chronicle," he told us at the time. "[Chron editor] Jeff Cohen has been incredible to me." Sunday, he wasn't f ... More >>

  • News

    December 8, 2011

    Joel Osteen's Reality Show

    Some suggestions from us.

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    December 6, 2011

    Chron's Richard Justice Leaves for New Job

    Richard Justice leaves the Chron.​Richard Justice, the Houston Chronicle sports columnist who might have the highest profile at the paper, is leaving after 11 years to write for, the online service of Major League Baseball. " made me a great offer. It's a place of such energy," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Chron Art Critic Douglas Britt's Very Odd Meth-Filled, "I'm a Hooker" Blog: Bad Performance Art Or Sign of a Personal Crisis?

    For people not involved or interested in Houston's art scene, Houston Chronicle critic Douglas Britt first drew attention with a 1,400-word screed telling PR people how to send pitches to him. Now, he's either desperate for attention or going off the deep end. In what is either a (very tedious) at ... More >>

  • News

    March 17, 2011

    Heights Art Heist Update

    Lawyers loom, tempers flare

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Cleveland Gang-Rape Story: Times's Ombudsman Says It Was Flawed

    In-house criticism over the East Texas gang-rape coverage​The New York Times's ombudsman has joined the chorus criticizing the paper's coverage of the Cleveland gang-rape of an 11-year-old girl. Arthur S. Brisbane noted that many people thought the story leaned towards blaming the victim and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Cleveland Gang-Rape Coverage: Controversy Doesn't Die

    A "clusterfuck of fail"?​The heat over media coverage of the Cleveland gang-rape doesn't show much signs of slacking, as critics question whether stories in The New York Times and Houston Chronicle displayed a "blame the victim" tone. A round-up of the latest (We've asked Chronicle editor Je ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    More Consolidation For Chronicle And San Antonio

    The Chron-Express News​Hearst's unending efforts to make the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News one and the same continue apace.The latest memo appoints several editors to oversee matters at both papers, and offers tips on how the two can share coverage.Chron editors Laura Goldberg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    The Single Most Important News Event Of The Weekend -- The Chronicle's New Society Writers

    ​You might be forgiven for thinking it was a big deal that Annise Parker won the mayor's race this weekend.That little episode was as nothing, in terms of loving column inches devoted to it, as the Houston Chronicle's announcement of its new team that will be covering Houston society ("such as it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    Houston Is The Villain In Nasty Newspaper Fight In Albany

    Houston Chronicle editor Jeff Cohen came to town from Albany, where he was the editor of the Times-Union, another Hearst paper.He brought some people with him, and still runs movie reviews by Amy Biancolli, who still works in upstate New York.The Times-Union is, like many Hearst papers (and papers e ... More >>

  • News

    April 2, 2009

    Layoffs at the Houston Chronicle

    The Black-and-White Blues

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    April 1, 2009

    More Bits And Pieces From The Chron Cuts

    We know have a new leader in the clubhouse for Worst Way To Find Out You Lost Your Chronicle Job.Dai Huynh, one of the paper's food writers, was scheduled to come back from maternity leave. The night before she gets a call telling her, in effect, "don't bother."Cold.Remember, our list of names is he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Further Breakdown Of The Chron Cuts

    Photo by Lori GreigIt might seem like we're harping on the recent round of layoffs at the Houston Chronicle just because we're journalists too ("Hey, how come you don't do ten posts about the layoffs at Schlumberger!!"), but -- as we've said before -- we perhaps naively hold to the thought th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    For This Awful Economy: The Five Best "You're Fired" Scenes

    As someone who's been there, I can empathize with the folks from the Houston Chronicle, Schlumberger, and a host of other companies whose employees have gotten the axe in recent weeks. Not being an HR manager, I can unfortunately only offer up a collection of "laid-off scenes" to help you briefly fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Some Thoughts On The Chronicle Cuts: So Long, Suburbs

    (Note: For a while, this item was posted with the wrong byline -- it's by Steve Olafson, not Richard Connelly, and always has been. Thanks, and sorry.)The layoffs at the Houston Chronicle cut much deeper into the editorial side of the newspaper than the announced company-wide 12 percent reduction th ... More >>

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    March 25, 2009

    The Chronicle Cuts: Jeff Cohen Ain't Talking

    Today's Chronicle carnage is for the most part limited to the advertising/circulation side (Check out the comments on our updated master list of cuts for some unconfirmed names on that side), but the buzz is still about yesterday's bloodbath.We figured it'd be a good idea to talk to Chron editor Jef ... More >>

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    March 24, 2009

    Chron Cuts: The Jeff Cohen Memo, More Names

    Here's Houston Chronicle editor Jeff Cohen's memo to the staff about Black Tuesday:TO: StaffFROM: Jeff CohenRE: Newsroom ReductionThe Chronicle employment cutback that Jack Sweeney has communicated to us began this morning ... More >>

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    February 24, 2009

    The Houston Chronicle: Now Proudly Featuring Fart Jokes

    So it's come to this: In the never-ending battle to make themselves relevant to Teh Kidz, the Houston Chronicle has resorted to fart jokes.You know how Apple has, like this kind of phone thing, and there's ads that show all the crazy stuff you can do with it? (Note for oldsters: That "stuff" is call ... More >>

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    December 22, 2008

    The Famous And Not-So-Famous Of HISD's "Prominent Alumni" List

    You probably don't realize it, but the Houston school district's website has a page dedicated to prominent alumni, listed by high school.Unfortunately, many of the "prominent" alumni are politicians, especially current and former HISD board members. Any definition of "prominent" that includes HISD b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2008

    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, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2008

    More Houston Chronicle cuts coming?

    Bad vibes are wafting out of 801 Texas, home of the Houston Chronicle. The Chron underwent a round of layoffs and buyouts back in October, but that might have been only the beginning. Papers all over the country have been ferociously chopping jobs, and it appears even the relatively healthy Housto ... More >>

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    May 8, 2008

    Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press

    A documentary chronicles the never-say-die life of an influential journalist

  • News

    November 15, 2007

    The Houston Chronicle Cuts, Annotated

    What the editor really meant

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    October 30, 2007

    The Official Memo from Jeff Cohen on the Houston Chronicle Layoffs

    Here’s the official memo from editor Jeff Cohen on how the Houston Chronicle will be even bigger and better now that it’s gotten rid of all those pesky reporters and editors:

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    August 20, 2007

    Will John Lopez Leave the Houston Chronicle to Pimp Products on the Radio Full Time?

    You may have noticed the local airwaves are filled these days with Houston Chronicle people. John Lopez has a four-hour show on KBME; Ken Hoffman and Richard justice have shorter shows on new station KGOW. (Lopez and Justice are sportswriters; Hoffman’s a general-interest guy.) All this has caus ... More >>

  • News

    June 3, 2004

    He Won't Back Down

    The mayor was threatened -- or maybe he wasn't

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    August 14, 2003

    Burying the Past

    A farewell slap to a Chronicle columnist

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    June 26, 2003

    Pimpin' Ain't Easy

    Tension mounts at the Chronicle

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    May 22, 2003

    Lineup Change

    A new writer should shake things up at 801 Texas

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    May 15, 2003

    Profiles in Boredom

    A bright idea, dimly executed, at the local daily

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    April 17, 2003

    Bloody Sunday

    Yet another weekend newspaper magazine bites the dust

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    April 10, 2003

    War Is Not Hell

    The Chron's embedded reporter is far from the action

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    February 20, 2003

    No-Name Offense

    The Chron struggles over whether to name a suspect

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    January 16, 2003

    Nice, Nice Baby

    The holiday spirit lingers on in the Chron

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    December 19, 2002

    Houston, 24/7

    The new all-Houston, all-the-time news station hits the air

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    December 5, 2002

    Internal Distress

    To: Jeff Cohen, CC: The entire World Wide Web

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    October 17, 2002

    Space Invaders

    The Chron loves another convention

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    August 8, 2002

    Banjo Blues

    A Chronicle writer gets canned for running a Web site

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    August 1, 2002

    Burning Shoe Leather

    The Chron's Marshall is out there reporting, dammit

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    July 11, 2002

    Column Calamity

    The Chron editor starts to make a mark

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    May 30, 2002

    Bow-Tied Wonder

    Plus: Boola Boola, Fault and Pepper, On Blue Berryhill

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    May 16, 2002

    Swept Away

    It's hit-and-miss out there during sweeps month

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    May 9, 2002

    Hearst 1, Baylor 0

    The Chron's owners hire (gasp!) an outsider to run things

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