All of us at The Texas Tribune have been working hard in the last year to add game-changing investigative reporting to our stellar menu of politics and policy reporting, and last night those efforts were recognized on the national stage.
Trib reporters, developers, designers and producers won two Online Journalism Awards for crucial projects on the state's broken workers' compensation system (Hurting for Work, which was was honored in the Topical Reporting category) and horrific water quality along the Texas-Mexico border (Undrinkable, for Explanatory Reporting).
These were collaborative efforts involving a dozen journalists across various departments and partnerships with news organizations like Univision. And they represent just the beginning of the Trib's foray into deep-dive investigative work, which in the last month alone has grown to include Paid to Prosecute, a six-month project in partnership with the Austin American-Statesman, and Road From Rita, an eight-part series in conjunction with the Beaumont Enterprise. Stay tuned for more big undertakings later this year.
The awards were the fifth and sixth OJAs we've won since 2010, and they come on the heels of three national Edward R. Murrow Award we received this year from the Radio Television Digital News Association.
Happily, the Trib wasn't the only Texas news organization honored last night; our friends at the Statesman, KERA and the Texas Observer were also winners. It's a sign that the Lone Star media landscape isn't just alive — it's thriving.