I am a communications professional, writer and former journalist who still pens an occasional article for publications across Texas.
Current Work: Communications Director for Texas AFT, a teachers union representing 65,000 school employees in Texas.
Contact: Damicoaustin@gmail.com, 512-627-1343
Ongoing Professional Writing
#TxEd in the Media
A daily look at the noteworthy headlines in Texas education news, practice, policy and politics, with analyses of media coverage.
Texas AFT Legislative Hotline
A daily e-mail publication to some 50,000 Texas AFT members, educators, journalists and politicians covering legislative and education news. (Also responsible for twice-monthly newsletter–The Round-Up–that goes to 93,000 list members.
News Releases and Media Relations
A sample of news release written for Texas AFT. I am responsible for all media relations for the organization as well.
Social Media and Digital Work
I handle all social media (Facebook, Twitter and some Instagram) for Texas AFT, including posting, monitoring, promotions, and advertising. I am verified/authorized by Facebook for political advertising. I also maintain and develop content for the Web site and digital campaigns.
Engagement and Political Action
I coordinate communications for political and legislative work, including engagement of members of the public on education issues. (Example)
The Kitchen Sink
I also do graphic design, publications, and all manner of digital wizardry, as well as all the boring technical stuff that goes on behind the scenes (e.g. domain management, e-mail hosting work, troubleshooting, database work, etc.)
Published Newspaper and Magazine Writing
Austin Chronicle Archive
- Opportunity Knocks – Not Once, but Twice: A boy’s chance meetings with the stars of ‘Boyhood’
- Bike Thief Draws Four-Year Sentence: Clayton cops a plea deal
- The Bicycle Thief: Police say James Clayton befriended – then ripped off – many Austin bicyclists
- The Bike Stuff: The traveling 2008 Bicycle Film Festival rolls into Austin
- Living Maya: Austin becomes a hotbed of past and future Maya knowledge
- About the Maya
- Filming the Code-Breakers
- Goodbye to Big Pink: The Rio Motel faces new ownership, a new name, and perhaps a new future.
- Life After a Night at the Rio: The Rio Motel is gone, but the memories linger.
- South Austin Secede!: Our second installment in a series about South Austin explores the roots of “Bubba” and the rivalry between North Austin and south of the river.
- Ian Clarke: Making Information (And People?) Free: Intellectual Property, Résumé Building, Wearable Computers, and Other Tales From the …
- Design Track: Get Back to Basics, Back to the Topic
- It’s a Gas, Gas, Gas: South Austin’s Neon Transformers Light Up Life South of the River
- When It Comes to Bike Theft, Austin Is Tops: Stop, Thief! (PDF)
The Medallion (Texas Historical Commission Magazine)
The Good Life
Body Art: Tattoos, piercings and scarification in Austin
Repeat After Me: Herman the German