New Star-Telegram weekend guide, staff honors and taller than Oklahoma

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If you didn't see it Friday, the Star-Telegram debuted a rebranded weekend guide that we think will be a winner when it comes to telling readers about things to do in our area, especially entertainment and dining.

It's powered by, our website that is the most-viewed online destination for that information in the Metroplex -- so that's what we've named it:

We've changed from a broadsheet format -- the large pages used to print the rest of the paper -- to a tabloid format with smaller pages that are easier to handle. We expect that readers keep the guide around for several days, so this size made the most sense. Our weekend guide has gone back and forth in size over the years, but readers seem to prefer the smaller format.

The printed version of each week still will highlight the restaurant reviews, movie previews and music recommendations you're used to seeing in our weekend guide, as well as information about art, theater, dance and special things to do. It'll also feature Bud Kennedy, our local section columnist who doubles as great source for Tarrant County dining information.

There is one thing in the new guide that we aren't changing, and that's our presentation of comics, bridge, the daily TV guide and advice columns. Those still will be presented in broadsheet format in the middle of the magazine, and they'll be easy to pull out. Readers told us last time they didn't like the way we had to present comics and the TV guide on smaller pages, so we figured out a way to keep those in the broadsheet format.

We also encourage you to go to online daily to see the latest entertainment information. No need to wait until Friday to find out what's going on!

Star-Telegram staff honors

We won 16 awards in the annual Texas Associated Press Managing Editors competition earlier this month, and I want to give special recognition to the people who won first-place honors:

Maricar Estrella, Nick Dean, Steve Kaskovich and Tim Madigan won the team effort prize for the promotional campaign they put together to promote Tim's series, "Rape Unpunished." Their campaign relied heavily on social media, which we're finding is a great tool for the newsroom to do promotion outside the paper and our websites and speak to potential readers who aren't aware of Star-Telegram stories they might be interested in.

Gordon Dickson won for best video (less than two minutes) about "not so smart traffic signals."

Roger Pinckney won for sports headlines like "Men of Steal" after a Pittsburgh Steelers playoff game and "Spacey Rangers" for a story about the zany characters who have worn a Texas Rangers uniform over the years.

Raul Caballero won for opinion writing in La Estrella, our Spanish-language weekly.

The Tall City

My dad worked for Gulf Oil Co., and when I was in seventh grade we moved from New Mexico to Midland, administrative headquarters for most of the companies drilling in the Permian Basin. One of the courses I was required to take in school was about Midland's history, and I learned that it was called "The Tall City" because the 22-story Wilco building in downtown was supposedly the tallest building between Dallas and Phoenix.

So I was intrigued to read in the Star-Telegram this week about a developer building a 53-story office-hotel-condo project in Midland that would make it the tallest building between Dallas and Los Angeles and the sixth-tallest building in Texas.

Of course, it doesn't compare to Burj Khalifa, the skyscraper in Dubai that is more than 2,700 feet tall with 163 floors.

How did the developer decide on 53 stories? I don't know, but the Devon Tower in Oklahoma City is 52 stories, so draw your own conclusion.

Jim Witt is executive editor of the Star-Telegram.

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