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Texas Tribune Festival

Every fall, the Texas Tribune holds its annual Texas Tribune Festival, a weekend-long event with speakers on Texas’ public policy, government, and statewide government issues. However, with the presence of Coronavirus, the 2020 Texas Tribune Festival has been made a month-long online event with over 100 sessions in 30 days and over 250 speakers. So, how can you get in on the action?

How It’s Happening This Year

The festival runs from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30 and there are many great sessions remaining this month. Texas Tribune is offering three different types of sessions over those days. Some sessions are only available live, others will be live and available for “replay”, and the rest will be available on demand. You can see a full schedule here.


Some sessions are free to the public, which is a good option for those who did not purchase a ticket prior to Sept. 1. In order to watch all the programming, you will need to purchase a festival ticket. Although the festival has already begun, you can still purchase tickets! There are different pricing levels depending on the type of ticket you would like to purchase, which can be viewed on their ticket site.

Staff Picks

Who is the staff most interested in hearing about?

As a communicator, The Digital Divide Abides is a session that is definitely on staff writer, Jada’s list. It is from earlier this month, but it’s an important conversation, especially in the digital world we now live in. This program is available to watch on demand by ticket holders.

What COVID-19 Has Taught Us About The Importance of Inclusivity, a program with the Tribune Festival’s partner, Comcast is also on her watchlist. Inclusiveness in the workplace, messaging, and everywhere else is becoming vital to the success of brands, so it’s best to learn as much as possible. This program is available to watch both live and on replay and is free.

One of the most anticipated programs to watch will be One-on-One with Anthony Fauci. Available live only on Thursday Sept. 29 from 12 p.m.-12:30 p.m. CST. It will only be available for ticket holders but may widely circulate due to peaked interest in what Dr. Fauci has to say about his Coronavirus predictions.

According to a Texas Tribune article from June, the Festival has a goal of “raising everyone’s awareness and understanding of the issues and elections that affect us and our communities.” In the age of COVID-19 and with this election year, we are seeking more information on what might happen in our government moving forward more than ever before. You can find more information on The Texas Tribune Festival official website.

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