Want to write about Tyler? Do some research? We should talk.

Interested in reporting on local issues? Sharing an essay with your perspective on life in East Texas? Writing an open letter to the city of Tyler? Digging into local stats to find important patterns no one else is seeing?

We would love to talk to you. Please note that we are a volunteer-run site; we can’t pay you in cash money, but can offer experienced editing and research guidance to help you hone your craft or learn a new skill. Also, it’ll be fun.

Here’s a few things we’re especially interested in collaborating on with other folks in town. Let us know if you’d like to get involved in any of these efforts:

  • Taco tour of Tyler!
  • Understanding segregation in Tyler
  • Handmade in Tyler: tracking local entrepreneurs and producers
  • Secrets to ordering off-menu in Tyler
  • Quickie updates on local issues (food trucks, recycling, farmer’s market, sidewalks)
  • Explaining how decisions made in Austin and Washington, D.C. will impact life in Tyler
  • Highlighting interfaith alliances and community building
  • What’s up with traffic in Tyler?

Please drop a line at hello@thetylerloop.com, and don’t hesitate to just say hi. We look forward to visiting with you.

Thanks for reading this story. Just one more thing. If you believe in the power of local journalism here in Tyler, I'm hoping that you'll help us take The Loop to the next level as part our winter membership drive.

Our readers have told us what they want to better understand about this place we all call home, from Tyler's north-south divide to our city's changing demographics. Power, leadership, and who gets a seat at the table. How Tyler is growing and changing, and how we can all help it improve. Local arts, culture, entertainment, and food. To tell those stories, we're hoping to add 50 new members this year. For $15 a month—the cost of a nice lunch—you can significantly increase our ability to do the big, hard-hitting, complex Loop stories and interviews you know and love in the coming year.

If you're one of the first 25 new members to sign up, we'll be delighted to share with you one of our first-ever Loop t-shirts, featuring our new piney-woods inspired colors and logo. Hot off the presses, folks!

We can't do this alone. If you believe in a more informed, more connected, more engaged Tyler, help us tell the stories that need to be told in our community. Get free access to select Loop events, behind-the-scenes updates about the impact and goals of our work, and, above all, a chance to play a part in bringing more fresh, in-depth, unexpected journalism to Tyler.

Support The Tyler Loop—and get one of our new t-shirts!

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Tasneem Raja is the Executive Editor of The Tyler Loop, a nonprofit journalism startup that explores policy, history, and demographics in Tyler, Texas. She is an award-winning journalist who has reported for NPR, The New Yorker, the Atlantic, Mother Jones, and other national outlets. A former senior editor at NPR, she launched a popular podcast exploring issues of identity and race with NPR's Code Switch team. At Mother Jones, she specialized in data visualization and led a team that built the first-ever database of mass shootings in America. She's a pioneer in the field of data-driven digital storytelling, a frequent speaker on issues of digital journalism, and a die-hard fan of alt weeklies, where she got her start as a local reporter. She lives in Tyler with her husband, her stepson, and two imperious terriers.
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