Regular readers to Texas Watchdog may have noticed there hasn't been much posted to the site over the past several months. The reason is simple: We've run out of money to keep delivering our award-winning local journalism.
We’ve had many generous donors since we launched in the summer of 2008, but a key donor for our operation in 2012, the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, announced last year they would not be supporting independent journalism operations in 2013. We remain grateful for their support.
We were unable to secure the funds we would need to continue operating as an independent journalism site on a meaningful level.
Although closing down our site is quite sad, I look back at our time launching and growing Texas Watchdog as a bright point in Houston — and Texas — journalism.
Texas newspapers, TV stations and websites regularly partnered with us and published our stories. We truly regret that we will no longer be able to continue to fulfill our mission of providing them with free, nonpartisan enterprise and investigative journalism with punch and impact.
I’m proud to say that the journalists whose bylines you’ve gotten to know at Texas Watchdog have all landed on their feet. And you can continue reading their top-notch reporting:
Jennifer Peebles. Jennifer is managing editor of digital operations at the Washington Examiner. She continues to be active with the Society of Professional Journalists at the national level. On Twitter: @jpeebles.
Steve Miller. Steve’s new book, Detroit Rock City: The Uncensored History of Rock n’ Roll In America’s Loudest City, hits stores June 25 and is available for pre-order at booksellers everywhere, including Amazon. He’s written in recent weeks for the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and covered the Cleveland kidnappings for The Daily Beast. He writes a monthly column on transparency for MLive and the Lansing City Pulse. His Web site is Avalanche50.com. On Twitter: @penvengeance.
Mark Lisheron. Mark is a national reporter for Watchdog.org, a news site funded by the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. You can also catch his byline on American Journalism Review. On Twitter: @marktxwatchdog.
Lynn Walsh. Lynn is an investigative producer for WPTV, the NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Fla. She has been nominated for four Emmy awards and continues to be involved with both the Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio Television Digital News Association. On Twitter: @lwalsh.
On a personal note, it has been a great honor to work alongside all of them. Pound for pound, I believe we had the best enterprise journalism team in Texas.
Thank you to all our readers and donors who made that possible!
As for me, I am now a journalist for the the U-T San Diego Watchdog team and hope to bring some good ol’ Texas journalism to sunny southern California. My work email is firstname.lastname@example.org and my personal email is email@example.com. On Twitter: @trentseibert.
Monday, 06/17/2013 - 12:25PM
I already miss Curt Olson, whom I understand is doing some great work with "The Nerve" in South Carolina.
Good job, everyone! As an alumnus of the late, great Lone Star Report, you have my sympathy.
Pratt on Texas
Monday, 06/17/2013 - 01:34PM
Already missing the work. Fabulous, in-depth investigative journalism is had to come across - especially when it comes to gov't efficiency.
Monday, 06/17/2013 - 03:44PM
Hopefully, 'the people' will still be able to freely benefit from true and pure journalism focusing on investigative reporting. And, hopefully, there will be continual efforts to cross-reference and promote like-minded news and informational sources. . . . especially since the 'natural effort' to faithfully follow legitimate sources is outside the realm of individuals knowing and understanding the significance of being fully and accurately informed via independently-minded news and informational sources.
Narciso H. Gonzalez
Friday, 06/21/2013 - 02:43PM
Thank you for the wonderful education and eye opening reporting you did in Jim Wells County in the primary election of 2008. The greatest majority of (honest) voters saw the Zaida Bueno interview and since than know "The Rest of the Story".
Because of your article and eventual exposure of Politiqueras that personnally voted Mail-in ballots(as many as 60 by one) for some elected officials the elected officials are seen with cynicism and contempt by many. And by the way, 5 years later, they still avoid most public gatherings because they are still being criticized.
Again, from the honest citizens of Jim Wells County, We thank you from the Bottom of our hearts.