2013 was a huge year for Texas news, and for the Tribune reporters, editors, artists and developers responsible for bringing it to you. From a seemingly never-ending legislative session to filibusters on the left and right and an election season already fully in swing, the generous support of our members has allowed us to break news and make news.
Reporters investigated the financial relationships and conflicts of interest of hundreds of elected officials, producing a 60-part series-turned-e-book and an award-winning data application. They dug deep into the state’s troubled mental health system, the effect of Mexican drug violence on border industry and a federal tutoring program that spent millions with few results. And they traveled all the way from the Gulf of Mexico to far West Texas to document the state’s devastating drought and surging petrochemical and oil booms.
Last month, the Trib was honored with the Online News Association’s general excellence award, an incredible feat given the journalistic strength and resources of our fellow finalists.
We’ve already got big plans for 2014, including intensive coverage of the governor’s race and other statewide elections, a brand new op-ed and community engagement site called TribTalk, and the expansion of beat-specific verticals — newsletters on everything from public education to transportation.
Being nonprofit means the Tribune’s not beholden to anyone; we’ve got the freedom to pursue every story, every angle. But it also means we rely deeply on community support to help fund the stories, videos, data applications — really, the education — we provide.
Today is Day 2 of our Fall Membership Drive. Can we please count on your support? Give today!