Competitor and ally: the Texas Tribune’s impact on a depleted Austin press corps
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By allowing for-profit media companies to run its content for free, the Texas Tribune positioned itself as a polarizing figure. On one hand, it is a fierce competitor to the state’s largest newspapers, wielding a deep and vigorous reporting staff. On the other, it’s a friend to the struggling newspaper model, providing quality coverage of state policy and politics – at no charge. The early days between the Trib and the state’s largest newspapers yielded turmoil. But the hard feelings have mostly given way, leaving in its wake an Austin press corps that is more competitive but less diversified.