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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

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Awareness, #Awareness, and Ray Rice (The Classical)

The coverage of Ray Rice’s punch is not translating into offering information on domestic violence

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