The newspaper formerly known as the Star-Telegram has put the "Fort Worth" back in its name, as a symbol of its dedication to local news.
The name change to Fort Worth Star-Telegram took place on March 10. According to a statement from the paper, the return of the city in the name comes after an absence of nearly 20 years.
"That move made sense two decades ago," the statement read. "Fort Worth was expanding, and, as that happened, Arlington and Northeast Tarrant County tried to decide whether they aligned more with Fort Worth or Dallas. At the same time, local media companies battled to expand their footprints with readers and businesses across all of those fast-growing communities."
"Almost two decades later, we are bringing 'Fort Worth' back to the Star-Telegram to signal our commitment to the citizens of Fort Worth and our intention to produce local journalism that is essential to this community. And the best place to start is with the name, a brand that traces its roots back to 1906."
Although "Fort Worth" is now part of the name, the newspaper intends to continue covering all of Tarrant County, stating, "Nowadays, we stand for what Fort Worth is all about. And we know that city pride is shared across many neighboring communities, from Arlington, to Burleson, to White Settlement, to Saginaw, to Haltom City and beyond."
Other changes in the works include:
- an increase in local Fort Worth editorial coverage
- the hiring of four new reporters in areas such as breaking news and investigations, as well as a new local news editor
- two pages added to the Wednesday and Sunday print editions featuring a combination of local, national, and international news
- a new Sunday column celebrating Fort Worth's history and heritage
Hiring four new reporters counteracts numerous layoffs in the past few years by McClatchy, the FWST's owner, who most recently offered buyouts in February to 10 percent of its workers at newspapers across the country. Among those at the FWST who took the buyout were veteran newsroom staffers Sandy Guerra-Cline, Max Faulkner, Robert Philpot, and Tom Uhler.
The newspaper's commitment to the digital reinvention of its newsroom earned it a major award in February, when the Star-Telegram was named the "Online Newspaper of the Year" at the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors convention.
It was one of 13 awards the newspaper won, in a division that includes the largest newspapers in Texas. It won awards for Editorial Writing, Video Longer Than Two Minutes, Specialty Reporting, Online Package, Star Investigative Report, Team Effort, Online Live Coverage, Breaking News Report, Celeste Williams Sportswriter of the Year, and Sports Feature.