Check out some video clips we're playing from Texas Watchdog speaking at the Society of Professional Journalists' Region 8 conference that took place this past Saturday in Austin. The theme was "Saving Journalism."
It wasn't just Texas Watchdog, of course. There were experts on panels about all sorts of journalism-related topics.
Texas Watchdog spoke on the benefits of nonprofit journalism.
Here's me weighing in on the benefits of citizen-journalism:
We were also honored to share a panel with Ross Ramsey, managing editor of the Texas Tribune.
We have a clip of him, too, talking about journalism and public access:
Those who attended our panel were an engaging crew with great questions. We were especially happy to meet the folks from the Fort Worth Weekly and reporters for the KDH Media Group, which publishes the Daily Herald, the Fort Hood Herald and the Cove Herald.
Texas Watchdog is a Houston-based nonprofit online journalism site, and we've been around since August 2008. We don't have all the answers on how to fix journalism, which has seen a steady decline of traditional newsroom resources for years now. But we've been able to keep Texas Watchdog chugging along, breaking stories about unethical lawmakers, government waste and politicians' conflicts of interest that might have gone unwritten otherwise. We've promoted citizen-journalism by helping folks all over Texas -- and the US -- look into elected officials in their own back yard.