Dallas - The Observer is purchased by New Times, Inc., the predecessor company to today’s owner, Voice Media Group.
One of New Times’ first hires is reporter Laura Miller, who, after writing blockbuster stories for the Observer, goes into politics and is elected mayor of Dallas.
Denver - Westword joins the digital age with the debut of www.westword.com.
Westword introduces Artopia, its annual celebration of the arts.
Westword presents the first Westword Music Showcase, an annual celebration of the local music scene now held every June in the Golden Triangle.
New Times sets up a fake committee to sell the Florida Marlins; Providence, R.I. mayor Buddy Cianci and numerous other politicians swallow the satirical bait hook, line, and sinker. Houston - Press staff writer Michael Berryhill is named the Houston Press Club’s Print Journalist of the Year.
Dallas - The Observer hires iconic author and reporter Jim Schutze, who remains at the Observer today.
Thirty years after Westword published its first restaurant review, café critic Jason Sheehan wins the James Beard Foundation Award for restaurant criticism.
Miami - New Times wins the John Bartlow Martin Award for “We’re Number One!”, a collection of articles and charts revealing that Miami had been named the country’s poorest big city.
Dallas - Observer writers Thomas Korosec and Rose Farley write “Sweetheart Deal,” showing how efforts to subsidize low-cost housing created a bonanza for well-connected profiteers.
The Observer gives back to Dallas by throwing its first St. Patrick’s Day Concert, an event that quickly becomes a fan favorite.
The Weekly publishes its first “People” issue, featuring dazzling portraits and profiles of the robot builders, burlesque queens, tech wizards, activists, political warriors and rock stars who give L.A. its special character.
Houston - Press staff writer Todd Spivak wins a national Investigative Reporters & Editors Award for “Run Over by Metro,” a story exposing the dangers posed by Houston’s runaway bus company.
The Weekly publishes its first “Best of LA” issue, an oversized ode to the city’s finest restaurants, shops, artists, musicians and entertainers. It quickly becomes essential reading.Miami - New Times starts a signature food event, Iron Fork, which grows into a blockbuster attracting as many as 4,000 people to local venues.
Dallas - The Observer’s commitment to developing talent pays off when staff writers Megan Feldman and Jesse Hyde both are named national finalists in the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists.
Press staff writer Craig Malisow is named Texas’s Print Journalist of the Year in the Lone Star Awards, marking the first of three consecutive wins for the paper in that category.
Houston - While serving a writing fellowship at the Press, Terrence McCoy wins the national Sigma Delta Chi Award for the feature story, “The Battle of Remington Lane.”
V Digital Services - V Digital Services, a top digital marketing agency, is founded by Voice Media Group
LA - The Weekly publishes its most popular story ever, “Inside the Gay Wing of L.A. Men’s Central Jail,” a remarkable look at how gay and transgendered inmates have carved out a peaceful stronghold in a largely brutal institution.
Houston - Malisow wins a PEN Center USA journalism award for his story “Deadly Charades,” about a Texas A&M professor who committed suicide after being extorted online.
Miami - Miami New Times writer Tarpley Hitt gains national attention for her revealing profile of rapper XXXTentacion, including a rare in-person interview at his Miami mansion. Two weeks later, the musician, who recorded a No. 1 Billboard album while on house arrest for domestic violence charges, is shot to death outside a motorsports store in Deerfield Beach
Dallas -Veteran Observer columnist Jim Schutze, recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent writers on race, offers piercing coverage of the case of Botham Jean, an African-American man gunned down in his own apartment by a white Dallas police officer.
Miami - After a 21-year career with VMG, New Times editor-in-chief Chuck Strouse departs for a job overseeing the digital journalism curriculum at Florida International University.