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Archive for January 20th, 2022

New News Outlet

Commentary was surprised to hear this yesterday. Here is from the Chron: 

Five foundations, including three local philanthropies, are investing more than $20 million to launch an independent nonprofit news outlet in Houston, entering the city’s competitive media landscape. 

The Houston Endowment, the Kinder Foundation and Arnold Ventures on Wednesday said the yet-to-be-named news operation will be one of the largest of its kind nationally when it launches late this year or early next year on multiple platforms. The philanthropies, joined by journalism foundations The American Journalism Project and the Knight Foundation, said they seek to “elevate the voices of Houstonians” and “answer the community’s calls for additional news coverage.” 

“All Houstonians deserve to be informed about the issues that impact their lives,” said Ann Stern, CEO of the Houston Endowment. “We are thrilled to support the expansion of local reporting in Greater Houston – combining the highest standards of journalism with an innovative community-focused reporting model.” 

Here is the entire read: Houston philanthropies invest $20M to launch nonprofit news outlet (houstonchronicle.com). 

I wonder if it is going to be the Trib comes to H-Town.  

Commentary looks at it this way.  The more the merrier. I don’t believe that too much news coverage is a bad thing. Remember how sad we were when the Houston Post folded like 25 or so years ago. 

I watch the local news when I get up. They cover every bar and convenience store shooting. We need more investigative journalism in H-Town. 

Evan Smith, the co-founder of the Trib is leaving the Trib this year. Maybe they can recruit him to put together H-Town’s new news outlet. 

Commentary glanced at a few campaign contribution and expenditure reports over at Harris County. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is sitting on over a million bucks.  I couldn’t find a report for Erica Davis. 

On the GOP side, Vidal Martinez raised over half a million bucks. He has five times more cash-on-hand than his nearest competitor in the GOP primary for county judge.  

One year ago today, President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris were sworn in.  It has been quite a year for sure. 

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