Texas Tribune 10 year Anniversary – Members

Texas Tribune 10 year Anniversary – Members


Anyone who gives in any amount is a member.
Whether you give $5 or $500, you’re a Texas Tribune member, and we’re appreciative of
that. I’ve been really surprised as we gear up for
this 10-year anniversary, just how many members have been giving since 2009. And so I think
our member retention and the people who want to continue giving to us is really remarkable
for an organization that’s still so young. There’s all these different dimensions of
what the Tribune is offering. And you don’t have to be a member, Evan talks about that.
But we just thought, “Hey, this is too important not to be members.” The Texas Tribune does a good job of holding
elected officials accountable because they know if they come here and they talk with
Mr. Evan Smith, they can’t half-step. They’re going to have to say what they mean and mean
what they say. I don’t think I missed one event during the
86th session. It was very entertaining, enlightening. It was a great vibe, great people here. People, regardless of whatever topic they
care about most, are giving because they just want us to keep doing what we do, and they
want to be able to wake up and listen to The Brief Podcast or read their newsletter or
see us on social. I raise my standards on what I expect from
other journalism when I see what the Tribune can do. And that it doesn’t have to be just
superficial or just attention grabbing, but it could be a deep, thoughtful article about
something that really informs you better. We’ve gotten mail from people all across the
state of Texas and also from Louisiana, California and New York. People just send us little handwritten
notes saying, “Thanks so much for this coverage.” We’re all in information overload. We all
have too many texts, too many emails. As a business owner, where am I going to go for
quality information? I going to go to the Tribune. It’s a good, constructive outlet
if that’s what you care about. You know, it’s not just the information. I
think it’s the engagement. Instead of just passively hearing all this information, you’re
in a room with somebody and you’re watching the conversation go back and forth. You know that your donation is what’s making
this journalism possible. You’re giving because you want our content to remain free for all
to read. Whether it’s on our site, whether it’s someone’s printed this article out and
shared it with someone else, you want them to be able to have that information. It’s easy to love Texas politics. It’s hard
to live Texas politics. The Tribune helps you live Texas politics, and that’s the difference
and that’s why I think I’m going to keep on being a member and look forward to the 20-year
celebration.

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