A South Dallas artist residency aims to ‘capture the now before the future’

A South Dallas artist residency aims to ‘capture the now before the future’

John Spriggins, manager of the South Dallas Cultural Center, launched the Juanita J. Craft House Artist in Residency to provide artists with studio space to create work that “capture[s] the immediacy of the moment where historical neighborhoods are rapidly changing due to socio-economic shifts."

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - August 31, 2021

Community-centered journalist needed at Dallas Free Press

Community-centered journalist needed at Dallas Free Press

Dallas Free Press is looking for a full-time journalist to listen to the residents of South Dallas and West Dallas, two of the city’s historically redlined neighborhoods, to ensure their stories are told and their voices are heard. The role focuses first and foremost on community journalism and prioritizes the civic issues emerging from these […]

Dallas News

Keri Mitchell - July 22, 2021

Dallas Free Press launches a journalism pathway, seeks a coordinator

Dallas Free Press launches a journalism pathway, seeks a coordinator

Dallas Free Press has launched a journalism pathway from Dallas high schools to Dallas newsrooms, starting with efforts to educate high school students. We are looking for a part-time journalism pathway coordinator to work with students in South Dallas and West Dallas.

Dallas News

Keri Mitchell - July 21, 2021

New Dallas Media Collaborative seeks its first project manager

New Dallas Media Collaborative seeks its first project manager

The Dallas Media Collaborative is searching for a part-time Project Manager to coordinate and lead its efforts toward a connected, city-wide solutions journalism network.

Dallas News

Keri Mitchell - May 14, 2021

Goal of neighborhood-led West Dallas plan is ‘teeth,’ accountability

Goal of neighborhood-led West Dallas plan is ‘teeth,’ accountability

A neighborhood-led plan "will be used to shape the future of West Dallas for the next 10 to 20 years,” and act to "slow down the fast-paced gentrification that is running a risk of literally changing the thread of our community and wiping away the history," says James Armstrong III.

West Dallas

Keri Mitchell - May 12, 2021

Vaccine hesitancy, not availability, now South Dallas’ largest barrier

Vaccine hesitancy, not availability, now South Dallas’ largest barrier

Now that anyone who wants a vaccine can get one, the challenge is overcoming barriers such as internet access needed to register for the vaccine and transportation needed to get to appointments, plus the even more daunting barrier of trust.

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - April 26, 2021

Pinkston seniors return to campus to prep for graduation

Pinkston seniors return to campus to prep for graduation

Two in five Dallas ISD seniors are in danger of not graduating, so alumni rolled out the red carpet when Pinkston seniors returned Monday.

West Dallas

Keri Mitchell - April 12, 2021

After the storm: Resources for South Dallas neighbors

After the storm: Resources for South Dallas neighbors

Dallas Free Press has compiled a list of resources for South Dallas residents in the aftermath of the winter storm.

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - February 22, 2021

After the storm: Resources for West Dallas neighbors

After the storm: Resources for West Dallas neighbors

Dallas Free Press has compiled a list of resources for West Dallas residents in the aftermath of February's winter storm.

West Dallas

Keri Mitchell - February 22, 2021

How some South Dallas families are navigating the pandemic

How some South Dallas families are navigating the pandemic

For many families in South Dallas, COVID has forced them to choose between sending their kids to school and facing financial and health risks, or keeping them home and dealing with isolation and learning loss.

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - February 5, 2021

Nearly five high schools worth of Dallas ISD students are MIA

Nearly five high schools worth of Dallas ISD students are MIA

Dallas ISD high school, middle school, and elementary students have missed days of school. Authorities presented a plan to address this.

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - February 5, 2021

‘Transformational’ news on South Dallas’ historic Forest Theater coming in February

‘Transformational’ news on South Dallas’ historic Forest Theater coming in February

“I’ve never seen the marquee light up before,” noted Elizabeth Wattley in a September 2019 podcast about CitySquare’s restoration of the historic Forest Theater. As a child, the theater was an icon Wattley knew well, and even though the Forest was unoccupied in much of Wattley’s remembrance, she still recognized it as “a landmark and a […]

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - January 21, 2021

Hours before decision, 139 La Bajada neighbors ask for opposition to West Dallas office tower

Hours before decision, 139 La Bajada neighbors ask for opposition to West Dallas office tower

For more than a year, Trinity Groves developers West Dallas Investments have worked to gather support from La Bajada neighbors on a zoning change that would allow them to build a 400-foot, 28- to 32-story office tower at the base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, adjacent to the historic West Dallas residential neighborhood. At […]

West Dallas

Keri Mitchell - January 21, 2021

Dallas: We need your input on news consumption and local media coverage

Dallas: We need your input on news consumption and local media coverage

This Dallas Free Press survey will inform our community journalism efforts in South Dallas and West Dallas, and help our launching-soon local media collaborative determine its focus topic.

Dallas News

Keri Mitchell - December 28, 2020

Does the fate of West Dallas rest on a 400-foot tower next to La Bajada?

Does the fate of West Dallas rest on a 400-foot tower next to La Bajada?

On Thursday, the City Plan Commission will consider West Dallas Investments’ request to allow a 400-foot tower on the north side of Singleton, adjacent to La Bajada, with the hope of attracting a Fortune 500 company like Amazon, Google, AT&T or Toyota.

West Dallas

Keri Mitchell - December 16, 2020

Free home repairs plus a tax freeze available to hundreds in West Dallas

Free home repairs plus a tax freeze available to hundreds in West Dallas

The $2 million set aside solely for seven census tracts in the 75212 zip code comes from funds City Manager T.C. Broadnax pulled together from former city bond packages.

West Dallas

Keri Mitchell - November 24, 2020

It’s 2020 but banks’ redlining practices still stifle southern Dallas

It’s 2020 but banks’ redlining practices still stifle southern Dallas

This WFAA airs from reporter David Schechter reveals how banks are still redlining southern Dallas neighborhoods.

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - November 22, 2020

Reporter sought for Dallas Free Press, Dallas Morning News ‘food apartheid’ project

Reporter sought for Dallas Free Press, Dallas Morning News ‘food apartheid’ project

The Dallas Morning News and the Dallas Free Press, in partnership with the national Solutions Journalism Network, are looking for a reporter to spend the next five months reporting on "food apartheid" in Dallas.

Dallas News

Keri Mitchell - November 9, 2020

New dashboard tracks costs, construction for South Dallas school bond projects

New dashboard tracks costs, construction for South Dallas school bond projects

The Nov. 3 presidential election is attracting record numbers of early voters in Dallas to the polls, but there are local decisions to be made, too, including five Dallas ISD bond propositions totaling $3.7 billion.

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - October 27, 2020

What Dallas ISD parents are (and aren’t) being told about MAP tests

What Dallas ISD parents are (and aren’t) being told about MAP tests

Co-published with our media partner, Advocate magazines On Sept. 1, seven days before Dallas ISD students began remote learning, the district announced that students would need to return to their schools in person for three hours during the month of September to take the MAP test. Why did Dallas ISD ask my children to take a […]

Dallas News

Keri Mitchell - September 23, 2020

How to claim property when you don’t hold the title

How to claim property when you don’t hold the title

When South Dallas residents don’t hold the title to the property they own, it can cause all kinds of problems.  Without a title, the property can’t be sold and isn’t eligible for government-funded home repairs or homestead exemptions that give a property tax discount.  It’s a financial problem, definitely. It’s also a legal problem, says […]

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - August 20, 2020

New racial equity leader appointed to guide Dallas ISD efforts

New racial equity leader appointed to guide Dallas ISD efforts

Co-published by our media partner, the Dallas Weekly Two years into its existence, Dallas ISD’s racial equity office has a new leader, Sharon Quinn.  She replaces Leslie Williams, whom Supt. Michael Hinojosa appointed to lead the office in 2018 when it was created. Quinn moved to back to Texas from South Carolina in 2017 to […]

Dallas News

Keri Mitchell - August 19, 2020

West Dallas 1 videos simplify back-to-school safety plans

West Dallas 1 videos simplify back-to-school safety plans

Dallas ISD’s 41-page Reentry Playbook for Parents is thorough, but West Dallas 1, a grassroots coalition that focuses on education, environment and housing issues in our neighborhood, didn’t want West Dallas families to miss the information they consider most crucial about back-to-school safety measures. They “created informative videos to highlight some of the most notable […]

West Dallas

Keri Mitchell - August 12, 2020

‘Stay vigilant’: Local leaders urge caution, protection as businesses reopen

‘Stay vigilant’: Local leaders urge caution, protection as businesses reopen

Co-published by our media partner, The Dallas Weekly When Dr. Ahmad Garrett-Price leaves his home in West Dallas, he always takes his self-made “care package” with him. It’s a recyclable grocery bag holding key items to protect himself and others from the novel coronavirus: a mask, disposable gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipers and disinfectant spray. […]

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - May 13, 2020

Johnson says minority communities will get ‘their fair share’ of coronavirus relief funds

Johnson says minority communities will get ‘their fair share’ of coronavirus relief funds

Co-published by our media partner, The Dallas Weekly Mayor Eric Johnson and District 3 Councilman Casey Thomas spent Friday morning on group phone calls with Dallas clergy and small minority-owned business owners, making sure they knew about grants and loans available to them and their communities. The federal government gave the City of Dallas $5 […]

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - May 6, 2020

How to defer a rent payment under Dallas’ new eviction ordinance

How to defer a rent payment under Dallas’ new eviction ordinance

Co-published by our media partner, The Dallas Weekly In the state of Texas, if a tenant is late paying rent, the landlord has a legal right to evict. “There’s no protection in Texas law for that,” says Sandy Rollins, executive director of the Dallas-based Texas Tenants’ Union. “It’s a default on the contract when you don’t […]

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - May 6, 2020

Reentry groups respond to pandemic’s early release of prisoners

Reentry groups respond to pandemic’s early release of prisoners

During a typical month, Dennis Gant may welcome one or two new residents to the former South Dallas apartment building that now operates as a dormitory for men who just left prison and are trying to get on their feet. In the last three weeks, however, six new residents have been released to the care of Trinity Restoration Ministries.

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - April 22, 2020

South Dallas nonprofits join forces to address COVID-19 diaper shortages

South Dallas nonprofits join forces to address COVID-19 diaper shortages

Dallas County had declared a state of emergency two weeks prior as cases of the novel coronavirus rose. Williams reached out to Carter, whose nonprofit Carter’s House provides children’s clothing and baby items to families from its headquarters at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center. The two women had teamed up previously to host pop-up baby boutiques for single parents, and they decided to face the pandemic head-on in another joint effort.

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - April 8, 2020

Parkland officials respond to COVID-19 crisis in DFW

Parkland officials respond to COVID-19 crisis in DFW

The coronavirus pandemic already is taking its toll on Dallas. And COVID-19 is likely to more fiercely attack disenfranchised sections of the city.

South Dallas

Keri Mitchell - March 25, 2020

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