Eyes on Texas: All Barbecue, All the Time
A roundup of news and views about the state of Texas, from media around the world.
The New York Times features David Vaughn, a Texas barbecue connoisseur who recently quit his job as an architect in Dallas to become the barbecue editor at Texas Monthly. Vaughn has eaten at nearly 600 barbecue places since 2007 and is the “only full-time barbecue critic on the staff of a major newspaper or magazine.”
The Los Angeles Times reports on a wave of wealthy, business-savvy Mexican immigrants with growing influence in cities such as San Antonio. Compared to the “well-heeled Cuban refugees” who had an immense influence in Miami, the Mexican nationals are impacting the creation of “a new Mexico.”
When it comes to unemployment numbers, Texas is apparently doing something right. The Washington Examiner reports 875,000 new jobs in Texas from December 2007 to January 2013, while the nation lost 3,794,000 jobs.
Unidentified flying objects hovering over Liberty County near Houston sparked a touch of concern this week. CultureMap reports witnesses describing the objects as “red fire balls” and “shining balls … attached to a hot air balloon-type apparatus.”
Welcome to Reporting Texas, a digital media initiative from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Reporting Texas accepts submissions from undergraduate and graduate students throughout the university, promoting engagement in the digital age of journalism.
Supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and its Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education, Reporting Texas serves four primary goals: To showcase the best work of our University of Texas at Austin undergraduate and graduate students; to offer quality, multimedia reporting to local, state, and national news outlets; to experiment with new approaches in journalism education; and to combine aspects of community reporting with multimedia resources.
These efforts grow out of two previous initiatives at the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism – CapLink and the Capital News Service – in which student journalists provided free public affairs reporting to community newspapers around Texas. In that spirit, Reporting Texas offers all content free of charge to all news outlets as long as we are credited for our work.
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Reporting Texas supports young journalists by fostering an ethical and creative environment for graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Texas to report the news and thereby shed light on our community and our world. Our mission is supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and its Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education. Reporting Texas represents a wealth of disciplines, and all students are invited to present their ideas to our editorial staff, who review and edit all submissions. We welcome reporting through traditional and novel approaches, including text, photos, slideshows, sound slides, videos and mixed media. We emphasize reporting that focuses on untold stories.
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