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Welcome to The Austin Common news feed. This is where you’ll find all the latest, up-to-date info about what’s happening around town. Explore by topic, type, or just scroll through it all by looking at the “latest posts” section at the bottom of the page. 

Our news philosophy is simple. With all of our coverage, we try and do the following:

  • Keep it local

  • Keep it brief

  • Actually explain the news

  • Give you clear steps for action

  • Keep it positive

  • Keep it nonpartisan

You can learn about how we actually do this by clicking on each of our story types below. 

 

As a community-based news source, we’re here to serve you. That’s why we promise:

  • To follow journalistic principles of accuracy, fact-checking, multiple sources, and dedication to the truth

  • To immediately fix mistakes if they’re made and to be honest about how they happened

  • To approach our news coverage from a place of respect, civility, and kindness for our fellow Austinities

  • To honor the value of lived experiences (especially within marginalized communities) as well as expert testimony/ opinion 

  • To allow for open, two-way communication between our staff and readers, ensuring that our content is relevant and useful to you

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Can’t quite decide which type of news post you want to read? You can scroll through all of our latest posts below. 

Heart Shaped Food
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

How To Feed Thousands During A Pandemic… And Do It Fast.

Summary The need for emergency food resources has put a strain on Austin’s traditional food network, forcing the city, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits to get a bit more creative. Action Box If you want to help the growing number of Austinties in need of food, consider

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Heart Hands
Community News + Partner Posts
Janis Bookout

Ignoring Privilege Kills People

Summary In this personal essay, local community activist Janis Bookout discusses the real danger of ignoring privilege in the midst of a global pandemic. About Janis Janis Bookout is the Executive Director of Earth Day Austin, as well as one of the organizers of Community

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American Flag
Community News + Partner Posts
Janis Bookout

Freedom At Stake

Summary In this personal essay, local community activist Janis Bookout encourages Austinites to see the power in embracing social distancing and choosing to create a long-lasting, positive impact on our local community. About Janis Janis Bookout is the Executive Director of Earth Day Austin, as

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Festival Beach Food Forest
Austin Orgs You Should Know
Amy Stansbury

Festival Beach Food Forest: Food For And By The People

Summary The Festival Beach Food Forest is a public, fence-free piece of land in east Austin, where residents are invited to harvest and eat fresh fruits, herbs, and greens. Action Box The Festival Beach Food Forest is entirely volunteer-run. If you’d like to get involved,

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Austin Skyline
Community News + Partner Posts
Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter

Passage of Austin Energy’s 2030 Resource Plan

Summary In March, Austin City Council approved the latest update to the Austin Energy Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan, which basically determines where Austin will get its energy for the next 10 years. In this guest blog, the Sierra Club runs down the good

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Why Community-Led Disaster Response Is So Important

Summary Angelica Erazo and a team of volunteers are building a community-based website to help Austinites looking for help during COVID-19 find the resources they need. Action Box Volunteer as a fact-checker or translator for coronavirusaustin.org. “So one thing we know for sure, is that

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Food Staples
Essays
Kourtney Elaine

Sustainability Amidst A Global Pandemic

Summary Kourtney Elaine (Austin Common Visual Designer + Staff Writer) shares her anxiety over changing up her zero waste lifestyle during the COVID-19 pandemic and wonders what sustainability lessons we can all learn from this crisis. Action Box Help ensure everyone has enough food to

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News
Amy Stansbury

The Austin EcoNetwork is now The Austin Common.

Hi Austin,   Well, it’s been quite a week. Fear. Hope. Anxiety. Laughter. Stress. Confinement.   It’s all there, swirling around in our busy minds.   What’s uplifting us and keeping us focused is seeing the overwhelming desire from Austinites to serve our local community.

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Austin Orgs You Should Know
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Amy Stansbury

These are crazy times. Here’s how to help.

It’s the question on so many people’s minds right now – how can I help?   The good news is, there are lots of ways you can get involved. But we understand all the options can also be pretty overwhelming. So for now, we’re sharing

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Census 2020 - Love Is Blind
1 News Item To Know - AC
Amy Stansbury

Yes, the census still matters. Now, more than ever.

Summary Every 10 years the US government conducts a census to get an accurate count of everyone living within our borders. This data impacts everything from federal funding for healthcare and schools to how US congressional reps are apportioned. Action Box If there’s one thing

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