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Nov 23, 2020

Austin Representative Previews 87th Texas Legislature

Lawmakers will wrestle with the budget, health care and once-in-a-decade political redistricting — all in the middle of a global pandemic — when the 87th Texas Legislative session convenes in January.
Reporting Texas spoke with Rep. Gina Hinojosa, a Democrat representing House District 49 — the heart of Travis County — about the upcoming legislative session.

Nov 20, 2020

Reporting Texas TV Newscast – November 19

Journalism students from Moody College at the University of Texas made their sixth and final newscast of the semester on November 19, 2020. This week student journalists covered efforts to provide laptops and hotspots for low-income students, post-election rallies for Donald Trump, and the upcoming ring ceremony for graduating seniors.

Nov 20, 2020

Austin Public Library to Offer Laptops and Hotspots for Students

AUSTIN, Texas — At the beginning of the school year, Maura Cerecedo had only one computer for her three children. Cerecedo couldn’t afford to buy more because she and her husband were laid off from work. She borrowed two laptops from the school, but online learning hasn’t been easy. “The kids in class sometimes have […]

Nov 12, 2020

Reporting Texas TV Newscast – November 12

Journalism students from Moody College at the University of Texas made their fifth newscast of the semester on November 12, 2020. This week student journalists covered voter turnout of young adults in Austin, the university’s decision to hold all classes remotely after Thanksgiving break, and what December graduates need to know about commencement.

Nov 12, 2020

UT Students Prepare for Pandemic-Related Thanksgiving Changes

AUSTIN, Texas — Thanksgiving break will be different this year as the University of Texas will not have any in-person classes after the holiday. Administrators decided in May that students will not return to campus and will instead finish the semester remotely. University Health Services advises students to take precautions before they pack up and […]

Nov 12, 2020

Youth Voter Turnout Increases in Travis County

AUSTIN, Texas — As a first-generation US citizen, Kara Fields takes voting seriously. She was one of the more than 20,000 people who voted early at two polling places on the University of Texas campus. “Everyone was just so much more invested in this presidential election just because of everything that was experienced in the last […]

Nov 07, 2020

Biden Win Sparks Protest and Celebration in Austin 

About 300 supporters of President Donald Trump gathered on the south side of the Texas Capitol early Saturday afternoon to protest the presidential election of Joe Biden. Protesters, many dressed in red and waving Trump flags, chanted “Biden is a fraud” and “count the votes.” Others held signs that read “Stop The Steal.” Some gathered […]

Nov 05, 2020

Reporting Texas TV Newscast November 5, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas — Journalism students from Moody College at the University of Texas made their fourth newscast of the semester on November 5, 2020. This week student journalists covered the general election, a rally of motorcycle riders who protested reductions in the budget for the Austin Police Department, and a series of robberies and burglaries […]

Nov 05, 2020

Robbers and Burglars Target West Campus Residents

AUSTIN, Texas — Crime is on the rise in West Campus. The Austin Police Department is investigating a string of five aggravated robberies around The University of Texas at Austin campus, one of which involved a violent home invasion. Four of the reported cases involved UT students. On October 8th at 6:30 a.m., APD responded […]

Nov 05, 2020

Bikers Rally to Support Austin Police and Oppose Mayor

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Members of a social biker club gathered Sunday at the Austin Police Department headquarters to criticize Mayor Steve Adler and the city council for cutting law enforcement funds over the summer. The Wind Therapy Freedom Riders rode from Round Rock to meet a crowd of more than 50 people, including local candidates […]

Nov 05, 2020

A Week With Some of Austin’s Most Vehement, Revolutionary Protesters 

The Mike Ramos Brigade, or MRB, formed the night Mike Ramos, an unarmed 42-year-old Black and Mexican-American man, was shot and killed by Austin police in April. The brigade’s demands started with justice for Ramos. They quickly started calling for justice for all victims of police brutality and the abolition of the criminal justice system, capitalism and the destruction of what they call the ruling class.

Nov 04, 2020

Republicans Dominate Elections in Central Texas

Some experts labeled Texas as a toss-up in the presidential election, with most polls showing a 2-4 point lead for Donald Trump. Trump outperformed those expectations, winning by closer to 6 percentage points. Other races included a U.S. Senate race won easily by GOP incumbent U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and several Central Texas congressional races where Republicans won easily.

Oct 29, 2020

Reporting Texas TV Newscast October 29, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas — Journalism students from Moody College at the University of Texas made their third newscast of the semester on October 22, 2020. This week student journalists investigated support for and opposition to the playing of “The Eyes of Texas” at Longhorn football games, met with local protesters involved in the End SARS movement, […]

Oct 29, 2020

Texans Join Worldwide End SARS Protests

AUSTIN, Texas — The End SARS movement came to Austin with the help of University of Texas students. Nigeria’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS for short, gained worldwide attention following an October 3 video that appears to show officers shoot and kill a young man in Ughelli. UT’s African Student Organization helped organize the October 16 […]

Oct 29, 2020

Thousands Sign Petition in Support of “The Eyes of Texas” at UT Football Games

AUSTIN, Texas — Students and alumni gathered Saturday at Cain and Abel’s sports bar to collect signatures for a petition to keep “The Eyes of Texas” as UT’s alma mater and play it at football games. The song became a trending topic on social media after The Daily Texan reported that members of the Longhorn […]

Oct 27, 2020

Capareda’s Long, Winding Road to Ballet Austin

For Alexa Capareda, dance has long been a force in her life, a whirlwind around the globe. It has also been transformative. A journey that took her from youthful dancer to esteemed ballet master. As a child in the Philippines, she was well on her way to success. Then, her father was named a professor […]

Oct 24, 2020

Central Texas School Social Workers and Counselors Face Pandemic-related Challenges

Since the pandemic forced schools to limit in-person classes, social workers and counselors have struggled to maintain relationships with students. In addition to the difficulty of staying in touch with students virtually, social workers have had to navigate what experts call a mental health crisis.

Oct 23, 2020

Reporting Texas TV Newscast October 22, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas — Journalism students from Moody College at the University of Texas made their second newscast of the semester on October 22, 2020. This week students looked into the COVID-19 testing requirements for students to attend home football games, a volunteer program fighting food insecurity, and some stories involving a pair of billionaires with […]

Oct 23, 2020

Reporting Texas TV Newscast October 15, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas — Journalism students from Moody College at the University of Texas made their first newscast of the semester on October 15, 2020. This week’s show covers concerns about ballot drop-off locations,  an on-campus flu shot clinic, and ways the university is helping support students and staff struggling with mental health issues during the […]

Oct 22, 2020

Negative COVID-19 Tests Required for Student Seats at DKR Stadium

AUSTIN, Texas — In order to attend University of Texas home football games, students with Big Tickets must get a proactive COVID-19 test. The Big Ticket is a season pass to Longhorn home games in football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, and track. Fewer than 4,000 students paid for the package this year. Senior journalism […]