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Texas Tribune Editor Evan Smith discusses Is the Future of Journalism in Non-Profit, Public Media?

May 24, 2012

March 23, 2010  The Press Club of Dallas presented An Evening with Evan Smith; aptly moderated by KERA, Think host:  Krys Boyd.

Evan: editor of the non-profit, non-partisan, on line newspaper, the Texas Tribune, discussed his perspective on the future of print journalism with a sold out crowd of Press Club members and guests. Launched two years ago, the Texas Tribune is supported by grants from the Houston Endowment and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation among other donors.

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Evan Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly as the magazine’s president and editor in chief. Under his leadership the publication won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence (the industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize) twice and was nominated 16 times. He also hosted a weekly interview program, Texas Monthly Talks, aired on PBS stations across Texas since 2003.

He states: “What we mean to do and are doing  on an ongoing basis is right there in our stated mission, to promote civic engagement and discourse on public policy, politics, government, and other matters of statewide concern, “

Smith said. “We’ll do this through our original reporting, published on this site ( and in the pages of and on the web sites of our syndication partners, and our various on-the-record events, which will always be open to the public.”