The ongoing disruption of the media industry has had complex consequences for public-interest journalism. So-called “legacy” institutions, including local newspapers and local stations, have often faced deep job losses, dwindling audiences and questions about their mission. At the same time, a new ecosystem of accountability-oriented media institutions has sprung up—and changing technologies give journalists at both new and old outlets more tools than ever before to tell important stories. Nowhere are these trends more evident than in Texas. And with a population boom underway in the state, the need for strong public interest journalism here is growing.