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Remembering the Houston Post, 20 Years After its Demise

Posted on · As longtime Houstonians know, this city was, for generations, a two newspaper town. Throughout the 20th century, the Houston Post rivaled the Houston Chronicle as the paper of record for Greater Houston. Next month marks the 20th anniversary of the Post’s demise. Today, we look back at the history and identity of the Post with former […]

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How’s the Media Doing Covering the Year’s Biggest Stories?

Posted on · From the response to cases of Ebola here in Texas and now in New York City, to the shooting and aftermath in Ferguson, Missouri, to the battle over Houston’s equal rights ordinance, and concerns about undocumented children crossing the border, the news media has had a lot of important stories to examine in recent months. […]

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Journalism Roundtable, Venture Capitalists, and the Face of Texas: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Oct.28, 2014

Posted on · From the response to cases of Ebola here in Texas and now in New York City, to the shooting and aftermath in Ferguson, Missouri, to the battle over Houston’s equal rights ordinance, and concerns about undocumented children crossing the border, the news media has had a lot of important stories to examine in recent months. […]

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The State of Spanish-Language News in Houston

Posted on · A few weeks back, Spanish language newspaper Rumbo closed up shop here in Houston, publishing its last issue. Still, there are nearly two dozen Spanish language media outlets in Houston. It’s not just a Univision and Telemundo world anymore. But aside from the language itself, is the news that’s reported in Spanish different from the […]

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How Winning the Spelling Bee Changed One Houstonian’s Life

Posted on · The 2014 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee takes place tomorrow (March 29, 2014). The bee features the top 55 young spellers from more than a thousand schools from East Texas to Austin. They’ll compete for the opportunity to represent Greater Houston in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. It’s great fun watching these […]

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Houston Sun Founder Discusses How Community Newspapers Have Changed in 30 Years

Posted on · The Houston Sun will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in December. The community newspaper targets the African American demographic in Houston. We talk with its founder and publisher, Dorris Ellis, about the history of the paper and the changing role of the community newspaper in an evolving media age.

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How Does News Coverage Affect Our Perception of Crime in Houston?

Posted on · If you watch a local newscast in Houston, plenty of the half-hour will surely be devoted to crime. And that’s pretty typical in a major city. But how crime is covered by media here affects our perceptions of crime. We’ll discuss that with Mike O’Neill, an Executive Producer at KHOU CBS 11, Wayne Dolcefino, a […]

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Artist Turns Threads from Mexican Serapes into Elaborate Geometric Patterns

Posted on · Artist Adrian Esparza pays homage to his Latino heritage, and symbolizes the way his life has changed, by un-spooling the threads from a Mexican blanket, or serape, and then weaving elaborate geometric patterns onto walls. We learn more about him and his art, which is on display through May 11 at the Houston Center for […]

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Is Technology Really Hurting Kids’ Ability to Socialize?

Posted on · We chat with Frederick J. Goodall – you might recognize him as one of our rotating panelists for “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” Fred also writes a parenting blog called Mocha Dad. The tagline – one father’s quest to be a better dad. He recently wrote about his developing attitudes towards his kids’ […]

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Houston Loves Patrick Swayze: Turning the Movie ‘Ghost’ into a Musical

Posted on · This week, the Hobby Center’s Sarofim Hall will feature Ghost: The Musical. Yes, you heard us right. A musical based on the Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore/Whoopi Goldberg film. No word if attendees in the front row have to worry about getting splattered with clay. Houston Public Media Arts and Culture correspondent Troy Schulze learns how this […]

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Tango: It’s Not Meant Just to Be Danced, But to Be Sung Too

Posted on · Tango lovers are in for a treat this Saturday, as pianist Rene Casarsa and Casa Argentina present the 15th year of the series “Tango Time,” a celebration of the music of tango with several guest musicians and dancers. The performance is at 7 p.m. at Jones Hall on the campus of the University of St. Thomas. […]

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Art & Events Planned for Hermann Park’s Centennial Year

Posted on · Hermann Park is celebrating its centennial this year. Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse talked with Doreen Stoller, executive director of the Hermann Park Conservancy, about the yearlong series of events planned to mark the anniversary. And she explains what’s in store for the park’s future — and the some 6 million visitors it serves each […]

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Who Are The Most Influential Houstonians In Social Media?

Posted on · Social media guru Eric Tung has researched what he characterizes as the top “social media power influencers” in Houston. We’ll find out who they are, what that means, and explore the impact Houstonians effectively using social networking sites from Twitter to LinkedIn to Facebook and beyond can have on our community. And, of course, we take your questions […]

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Stay Classy Houston: What’s Right and Wrong About Local News

Posted on · Last week, we explored the state of community papers in Houston. Today, we turn our attention to the major news media outlets in town, to consider the state of local news coverage in Greater Houston. We welcome your questions for George Haj, senior editor at the Houston Chronicle, Houston media blogger Mike McGuff, and former KTRH reporter and […]