The Texas Tribune offers an alternative model for reporting on the politics of reproductive health policies. This piece, printed in The New York Times, opens and closes with the stories of women who are impacted by clinics in Texas that are closing after the state legislature eliminated funds for women’s health care as a way to cut off support to Planned Parenthood. While the politics of the situation need ample space for reporters Pam Belluck and Emily Ramshaw to explain, they make sure to keep the citizens and voters—who are impacted—at the center of the story. That sort of approach would have made the News’s smart package even stronger.

Anna Clark is CJR's correspondent for Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. A 2011 Fulbright fellow, Clark has written for The Guardian, Grantland, and Salon; blogs at Isak; and can be found on Twitter @annaleighclark. She lives in Detroit.