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


A Festival Fit for a King

UT students Alejandra Gavilanes and Sam Bellessa set out to discover one of Central Texas’ most popular events and along the way  meet the king and his royal subjects at the Texas Renaissance Festival.

A Reality Check: Life After Parkland

The school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkand, Fl. is considered the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. Seventeen students and staff killed and seventeen others wounded. A University of Texas at Austin student talks about his experience as a survivor of the February 14th shooting.

Coping with a brain tumor, one young girl hopes for a miracle

UT students, Teyha Rassman and Madilynn Thomason, produced a short documentary about an 11-year-old girl and her family who are hoping for a miracle as she copes with an inoperable brain tumor.

Tiny but Fierce: A bat’s journey from patient to pet

A short documentary produced by Lawson Freeman and Daniela Quesada, “Tiny but Fierce: Midnight’s Journey” follows a unique bat called Midnight as it becomes more like a pet than a patient at the Austin Bat Refuge.

Jan 14, 2019

A Voice in the Night, Marfa Radio Host Broadcasts for Himself and the World

David Beebe, the host of the weekly Night Train Express on public-radio KRTS, keeps Motown sound alive in West Texas.

Oct 02, 2018

In this Ring, Aspiring Wrestlers Grapple with Opponents Within

“Learning The Ropes” pulls back the curtain on an upstart professional wrestling school in Austin, Texas. For the students and trainers here, the performance lifestyle of wrestling has become a way out of – and for some a way into – very real personal struggles. Produced, shot and edited by Eric Goodman and Trenton Daeschner, […]

May 17, 2018

Restoration Ranch is a Refuge for Horses and Veterans: A Photo Story

  Spring winds gently ripple through the leaves of 400-year-old live oak trees that stand proud on Restoration Ranch’s 22 and a half acres in Bastrop, Texas. It is currently home to 16 rescued horses that are partnered with veterans and their families in this holistic healing environment founded by Beth Rand in 2012.   […]

May 24, 2017

Ranch Is a Haven for People with Intellectual Disabilities: A Photo Story

At Down Home Ranch in Elgin, adults with intellectual disabilities help with everything from feeding the cows to collecting eggs from the hens and grooming the miniature horses.

Dec 18, 2016

Austin Street Artists Have Mixed Feelings About Impending Move of Outdoor Graffiti Park

The park has been a high-profile outdoor showcase for artists. But some say they’re tired of the taggers and others who deface their work.

Nov 14, 2016

New Eastside Football Academy Feeds Reagan High Revival Dreams

Youth academy creates a sports opportunity for students and plants the seeds for a football revival at the Eastside high school.

Sep 30, 2016

Armed with Apps, Citizen Scientists Track Animal Populations

At the Wild Basin Preserve, members of the public track birds with mobile apps, helping collect information for wildlife biologists.

Sep 10, 2015

Robert Runyon: Texas Photography’s Best-Kept Secret?

His work documents daily life in a turbulent time on the Texas-Mexico border a century ago.

May 25, 2015

Rites of Passage: Junior Cotillion Brings Dance, Etiquette and Life Skills to Pre-Teens

At the Austin Country Club, students learned the art of dancing and the rules of etiquette. One said she would rather be skateboarding.

May 23, 2015

Custom Saddles for the New American Cowboy

Carson Leh caters to urban cowboys and cowgirls who zip around on bikes and motorcycles.

May 16, 2015

Austin Cafe Becomes a Hub for Local Cubans

Cuban Sandwich Cafe also offers Texans a taste of Cuba’s cultural heritage.

Apr 11, 2015

Students Enjoy Communion of Fun and Faith at Rez Week

The annual event drew nearly 700 students to share Christian worship, music and reflection.

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