After the Flood: first-responder perspectives

photography by Don Anders

{Editor’s Note: This is the second installment in the Texas Memorial Day Flood Six Months Later series, which was produced by the Texas State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication senior journalism course led by Associate Professor of Practice, Kym Fox. Interact with the stories in the series by…

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Changing our economy through culture

There’s a reason America’s economic classes are growing farther apart, and it’s not just the money. I have lived in the South for my entire life. Most of that time has been in Central Texas, surrounded both by poverty and by all different kinds of money: little and big, old…

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Nothing beats loving what you do and who you do it for

I’ve been working one job or another since I was 16. I’ve been a sales associate for a frozen yogurt shop, a bead store (which I didn’t even know was a thing until my best friend and I stumbled across their “Now Hiring!” sign), a retail store and Murray State…

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Fueling The Future: Volunteers Aid Hungry Children

Currently, the city of San Marcos, Texas, has a rising rate of 36 percent of its citizens living below the federal poverty line. But who am I to care and why should I? I am a college student, constantly battling my days filled of tests, interning and the constant effort to…

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Children on the Edge has changed me; maybe it will change you too

I am excited to be working with VoiceBox Media in their “Children On the Edge” series this fall because I can’t think of more important time to dive into the immigration topic head first. Not only will this series help me come next November, but I believe it will help…

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Central American migrants underrepresented in court

What happens when war, broken families and a spike in illegal border crossings combine? For the 110,000 children and families apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border last summer, the result is back logged immigration cases, some with court dates as far out as 2019, and some that have been cancelled altogether.…

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Behind the Lens

I’ve never been shy to shove a camera in someone’s face. I was about 12 years old when camera phones started to get really popular, and I wasted no time in filling my contact list with pictures of all my friends in silly poses. In high school I would take…

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