Reporting Texas
News and features from UT-Austin's School of Journalism

Austin Schools Increase Focus on Social and Emotional Learning

Austin school district staff say social and emotional learning has helped children develop the skills they need to thrive in and out of school.

With Good Boys and Girls, Hutto Students Learn to Train and Raise Guide Dogs

Program at Hutto High School pairs puppies and students who foster the young guide-dogs-in-training until they’re ready to serve.

With $250 Million Housing Bond on Ballot, a Look at Austin’s Past Housing Bonds

When Austin voters go to the polls on Nov. 6 they will be asked to approve a $250 million affordable housing bond. The proposal follows pervious bonds passed in 2006 and 2013.

Acroyoga Enthusiasts Find Health and Wellness in Letting Go

Acroyoga bundles acrobatics, yoga, gymnastics, dance and Thai massage. Participants use it to fly.

May 11, 2018

Not Without Opposition, Some UT Books Moved to Make Way for Technology

As book circulation drops around UT libraries, school officials look to attract more students. Opponents of the strategy, however, argue that books are the lifeblood of any academic environment.

Apr 19, 2018

Austin’s Dirtiest Job: Cleaning Up ‘Dirty Sixth’ in the Dark of the Night

When the bars close, a team of city employees gets to work, scrubbing away the half-eaten pizza, the puddles of vomit other refuse and making the downtown bar district as clean as they can.

Apr 02, 2018

After Parkland: New Student Voices in the Gun Control Debate

The shooting ignited activism in students too young to vote, and in some cases, even too young to drive. One student who supports gun rights said he felt pressured to stay silent about his views.

Mar 20, 2018

Few Austinites Are Flocking to the City’s $75 Chicken Coop Rebate

Nearly a year into the program, only 14 people have received the rebates, which were designed to encourage chicken keeping to help reduce landfill waste.

Mar 08, 2018

UT Grapples with How to Improve Its Process for Reporting Sexual Harassment

Changes are underway to expand ways to report incidents and raise awareness of university resources for victims.

Mar 05, 2018

Aziz Ansari’s #MeToo Moment Spurs Debate About His Relationships Book

‘Modern Romance’ is required reading for 2 University of Texas classes. Students disagree about whether the allegations against him should disqualify the 2016 book.

Mar 01, 2018

Austin Women Are Underrepresented in Nonprofit Executive Ranks

Female CEOs at Austin-area nonprofits make far less money than men in similar positions, according to an analysis by Reporting Texas.

Feb 25, 2018

Austin School Board Begins Process of Changing Confederate Names of 5 Campuses

Reporting Texas explores the divide over renaming John H. Reagan High School, whose namesake was postmaster for the Confederacy but who later renounced slavery.

Oct 18, 2017

Update: UT President Fenves Responds on Calls to Help Academics in Puerto Rico

Letter asks UT’s president to provide online access to libraries and other support.

Oct 13, 2017

The Time When Austin Learned to Start Worrying and Fear the Bomb

There are eerie echoes today in a Cold War-era civil defense film about preparing for an atomic bomb attack.

Jul 30, 2017

The Dog Days of Summer Raise the Woof at Dell Diamond

Spike, the Round Rock mascot, has been a team mainstay since Day One. Just don’t ask the baseball team to reveal whose inside the custom.

Jul 30, 2017

Delicious and Dangerous, Avocados Can Be a Slippery Menace

Avocados seem so innocent. But there’s a hidden danger in trying to dislodge their pits.

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