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James Russell

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Fort Worth, TX
Freelance Writer — Freelance
Covers:  general assignment, arts, culture, Texas politics, LGBT issues, HIV/AIDS, regional issues
Doesn't Cover: courts, criminal justice, lifestyle

Writer for hire, @quorumreport, @dallasvoice, @texasjewishpost, @into, @houstonchron | #txlege | @FCNL GC james.journo@gmail.com

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Biography

I'm a freelance writer living in Texas. I currently cover Texas politics for Quorum Report. I previously was the community calendar editor and a staff writer for the Voice and an assistant editor and reporter for Truthout.org.

My byline's also appeared in the Fort Worth Weekly and its website, F...

What was your first job as a journalist?

Electronic Publishing Intern at Truthout.org. Good timing for a changing media landscape, huh? (And it was paid!)

How do you prefer to be pitched on stories?

Via e-mail for sure.

What's your favorite social network?

Twitter.

Awards

Lone Star Award

2016 - Internet Opinion
Houston Press Club's annual awards honoring best in journalism from across the state. Second place in the Internet Commentary category for my Bought and Sold portfolio connecting dark money to hyper conservative politics in the Texas Legislature.

First Amendment Award

2016 - Internet Commentary
Society of Professional Journalists of Fort Worth's annual First Amendment Awards honor the best in open government reporting, commentary and advocacy journalists across Texas, Oklahoma and elsewhere. I came in 2nd place in the Internet commentary category for a bill filed in the 84th legislative session that would have hindered out-of-state access to open records. (http://www.dallasvoice.com/bill-limit-access-state-public-records-10189647.html)