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What can Lone Star listeners expect from Texas Standard?

The new show, a sort of All Things Considered for Texas, will launch in early 2015

AUSTIN — Early next year, the airwaves here will crackle to life with a new public-radio show that’s at once... More

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Casting a critical eye on Rick Perry’s border deployment

What was the mission for the Texas National Guard? Was it accomplished? Time for reporters to take stock

AUSTIN, TX -- On July 21, Texas Gov. Rick Perry stood before cameras here to announce with great flourish--"I will... More

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Houston, we have no comment

The Houston Chronicle’s investigative work may have silenced chatty Rep. Steve Stockman, but reporters need to keep the questions coming

AUSTIN, TX -- It almost looked like somebody had finally figured out how to get the voluble Rep. Steve Stockman,... More

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Seriously slick

At Jake Silverstein’s “amped up” Texas Monthly, water policy, immigration, and BBQ are all cover stories

AUSTIN, TX -- From his posh office on the 17th floor, Jake Silverstein, the editor-in-chief of Texas Monthly, has the... More

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Taking stock in Texas

Our correspondent recaps the conversation at a CJR event in Austin, and adds some thoughts of his own

AUSTIN, TX -- Last week on the sprawling, sunny campus of the University of Texas at Austin, some of the... More

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A laurel to The Dallas Morning News

Months after West blast, a report highlights what we don’t know about chemical safety

AUSTIN, TX - In the wake of the industrial explosion that shattered the town of West, TX, earlier this... More

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Voting wars redux in Texas

The state and the feds are still at odds over core election issues. Will coverage match the urgency of the moment?

AUSTIN, TX -- In the coming months, a federal appellate court in Texas will rule on whether the Justice Department... More

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Who is Greg Abbott?

Texans still don’t know enough about the man who aspires to replace Rick Perry

AUSTIN, TX -- He is the chosen one. The frontrunner. The presumptive nominee, and even the likely next governor of... More

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Back to the basics on immigration

With reform push stalled, it’s time to focus on fundamentals—and explore how the issue looks from across the border

AUSTIN, TX -- As Congress careens toward its annual August recess, the fate of immigration reform is unresolved. House Republicans... More

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In Texas, a filibuster for the digital age

Twitter. Videostreams. Liveblogs. And a group effort to figure out what the heck happened amid the #StandWithWendy chaos

AUSTIN, TX -- At 10 minutes to midnight Tuesday evening, tempers in the Texas Senate finally boiled over. On the... More

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Still, water

The battle to control water in Texas may be even more defining than the battle to control oil here 100 years ago, and it needs to be covered with an urgency to match

AUSTIN, TX -- As the 83rd Legislature lingers in the state capitol for a special session, lawmakers here have already... More

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How West was spun

Mistakes were made, and one narrative too readily embraced, in coverage of the blast. Meanwhile, The Dallas Morning News excelled

AUSTIN, TX -- At 7:30 pm Eastern time on May 16, Erin Burnett turned toward the camera in CNN's New... More

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A laurel to Zahira Torres and the El Paso Times

Dogged investigative work exposed a test-score scandal that harmed students

AUSTIN, TX -- In El Paso, the former school superintendent is now in prison, the Justice Department is investigating,... More

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Becoming the Texas Tribune (UPDATED)

Evan Smith’s project isn’t exactly as envisioned, but it matters and it’s here to stay. Now, how good can it be?

Update, 4/15, 5:15pm, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced a $1.5 million grant to the Texas... More

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Meet the people who know Texas politics

The newspaper columnists of the Lone Star state

AUSTIN, TX--When you think about newspaper columnists and the central role they've played in covering American politics, you wind up... More

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A Laurel to Univision 41’s Arantxa Loizaga

For making good use of the familiar, local-anchor-goes-to-White House encounter

AUSTIN, TX -- Often, when a local television station gets summoned for a one-on-one interview with the president, it... More

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A few bad apples

Texas and the NRA’s proposal to arm teachers

William Hardy Gest co-reported and co-wrote this piece. Holly Regan contributed research. AUSTIN, Texas -- As the country debates gun... More

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Lone Star politics: anything but dull

The Texas press braces for the part-timers and out-of-towners of the 83rd legislature

AUSTIN, TX -- Back in the mid-nineteenth century, when Texas gave up its status as an independent republic and joined... More

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

The worst journalism of 2014 - A recap of the year’s most cringeworthy news blunders

Why the media don’t get Detroit—and why it matters - Coverage of declining cities is too often simplistic and lacking historical context

21st-century censorship - Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media

Jesse Brown punctures Canada’s media bubble - The independent journalist uses his website and podcast to break stories that might otherwise go unpublished


We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media (Medium)

“I feel the need to offer my perspective as someone who is not a teenager but who has thought about these issues extensively for years.”

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