Houston is a big city. We can’t cover it alone.

That’s why we’re interested in hearing from freelance journalists from Houston and elsewhere in the Sun Belt reporting on the connection between urban policy and everyday life.

The Urban Edge is looking for stories that touch on transportation, education, housing, infrastructure, health, economic development, criminal justice, etc. Our main focus is the Houston metropolitan area but we’re also interested in what’s happening in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Miami, Atlanta, etc. In addition to reported pieces, we’re also looking for first-person narratives that examine an urban policy topic from a personal point of view to highlight a larger issue.

If you think you have a story idea that fits what the Kinder Institute is all about – data-driven analysis aimed at informing urban policy and development – send an email to us with a little bit about your background, story idea and why you’re the right person to tell the story. The Kinder Institute pays for freelance stories, depending on the extent of reporting and length.

After familiarizing yourself with the blog, as well as our republishing policy, please email kinder@rice.edu with a story idea.