The Texas Center for Community Journalism is one of only two university-based centers in the United States established to support community journalism. The Center offers educational opportunities and other services to daily and weekly newspapers throughout the state.
The Center is directed by Tommy Thomason, professor of journalism. TCCJ focuses on workshops, seminars, and consulting services for community newspapers in Texas. A special emphasis is helping Texas community papers develop effective Web editions and working with them to develop their presence on social media.
Most workshops sponsored by the Center are offered free of cost to Texas newspapers, in cooperation with the Texas Newspaper Foundation, which funds several workshops each year.
“We have been offering workshops for community papers for a decade now, thanks to a generous grant from the Texas Newspaper Foundation,” Thomason said. “We have trained hundreds of reporters and editors in our small-group seminars, and many report that what they learned at TCU is making a significant difference with their papers.”
The Center also works closely with the Texas Press Association, an Austin-based trade organization that represents more than 500 member newspapers throughout the state.
“The Texas Press Association has enjoyed a long history of cooperation with the TCU School of Journalism and now the Texas Center for Community Journalism,” said Michael Hodges, TPA executive director. “The Center’s educational services help Texas newspapers face the new challenges of the digital age.”
In addition to workshops, the Center also offers consulting services for Texas newspapers and sponsors Community Journalism, the nation’s only online scholarly journal dedicated exclusively to the study of community journalism.