'Thank God for The Texas Tribune': Power crisis shines light on local news

Local news has been crucial for disseminating information over the past week as a rare winter storm swept through Texas with freezing temperatures that triggered power outages for millions. At least 38 people have died nationwide from cold weather conditions since last week.

..."I really feel that both elected officials and appointed bodies failed to adequately or effectively communicate with the public in what was truly a natural disaster. Thank God for The Texas Tribune and other local media which filled the gap," Ramshaw said. "The reason we knew even a fraction of what we knew was because of them, not because of the people who are elected and appointed to inform us."

... Newsrooms also have been keeping up with watchdog reporting such as the Statesman's investigation into grid operator ERCOT misleading the public on its preparedness.


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