Many stories have been written about the nonprofit Texas Tribune -- launched by venture capitalist John Thornton and edited by award-winning former Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith -- but Texas Observer editor Bob Moser tells me his press critic has written "the first non-puff piece written so far, I believe, about the well-funded, well-staffed" site. He continues in his email:
The Tribune has garnered considerable publicity nationally as a "new model" for nonprofit journalism. But the journalism itself has been mighty disappointing.
So you'll know, we aren't direct competitors -- except, in some cases, for donors and grants. Very different styles of journalism, different missions, different target audiences. I'd love to see them produce high-impact reporting and memorable stories. God knows the Sovereign Republic of Texas desperately needs more of that. But alas: So far, not so good.