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!

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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