Citizens Invited to Share Personal Experiences on Website Mapping Drought and its Impact on Texas
AUSTIN and HOUSTON, Texas—April 2, 2012— A new website chronicling the Texas drought and its impact on business, the economy, the environment and citizens launched today and invites Texans impacted by the drought to share their stories, photos and videos to assist further reporting.
The StateImpact Texas drought website, http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/drought/, provides the first comprehensive, interactive look at the record drought in Texas. It is the result of a local-national journalism initiative between KUT 90.5 in Austin, KUHF 88.7 in Houston and NPR.
The interactive site features a historical map of the drought from its beginning to its peak; an interactive graph showing how this drought compares to others over the past decade; photo slideshows of key moments of the drought; an interactive map of the wildfires; and a section that examines the state water plan, and the pros and cons of the plan’s recommendations for dealing with scarcer water supplies and intensifying droughts.
Citizens are encouraged to e-mail their stories, photos and videos to email@example.com or individuals can call (512) 537-SITX (7489) to record their comments and contact information for follow-up by StateImpact journalists.
In addition to original reporting, the site includes links to outside content, including stories from “The Houston Chronicle,” climatology reports from Texas A&M University, and drought information from the Texas Water Development Board, among many other sources integrated into a single website for easy of accessibility.
StateImpact Texas reporters Terrence Henry, Mose Buchele and Dave Fehling share their reports through radio broadcasts, the StateImpact Texas website and social media platforms including Facebook (facebook.com/StateImpactTX) and Twitter (@StateImpactTX). The StateImpact Texas website serves as a central hub, featuring audio, video, multimedia slideshows and curated content.
For more than 50 years, KUT 90.5, listener-supported public radio from Austin, Texas, has striven to be the most trusted radio source for news and music in Central Texas. A founding member of NPR, KUT established a news department in 2002. Since then, KUT News has won more than 100 state, national and international awards for journalistic excellence. KUT is nationally known for playing a unique blend of handpicked, homegrown and uniquely Austin music. In summer 2012, KUT will complete the KUT Public Media Studios, which will demonstrate KUT’s work from the inside out, showcasing KUT as one of the most creative, exciting and community-focused public media organizations in the world.