It's a sad day in Texas journalism, and especially among the state's small cadre of education reporters. Austinite Michael Brick, a Houston Chronicle reporter and the author of the definitive story of the saving of East Austin's Reagan High School, has died this morning of colon cancer at the age of 41.
As Austin was flooding and Twitter was flooded with warnings and closures, SXSW Interactive Director Hugh Forrest announced an Online Harassment Summit and apologized for sending “an unintended message that SXSW not only tolerates online harassment but condones it.”
Events get canceled at SXSW every year. Bands drop out, films have technical issues, panelists and moderators oversleep. However, the festival has announced that two panels scheduled for SXSW Interactive 2016 have been canceled over security concerns.
It’s no secret that abortion rights and adequate health care for women have long been under siege by Texas lawmakers. The ongoing crisis is both dispiriting and dismally repetitive. But Austin Chronicle news editor Mary Tuma has never wavered in her attention to the reproductive rights beat.
The Austin Chronicle’s staff blog was recognized today as a finalist in the Association of Alternative Newsmedia annual awards competition. Fellow alt-weeklies Cleveland Scene and Creative Loafing Atlanta were also named finalists in the staff blog category.
Phillip Perea, the man who shot and killed himself outside New York City’s News Corp. building Monday, spent the morning handing out fliers that detailed ways in which Fox News, a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s global media conglomerate, ruined his career. Specifically, reports note, he was referring to the deeds of Austin’s Fox affiliate, KTBC.