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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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News Archives

Every story we've ever written, sorted by topic.

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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. 

Reverse Pitch
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Calling All Business Owners! Say Hello To [RE]verse Pitch.

About Austin Resource Recovery This post is sponsored by our community partner, Austin Resource Recovery, the city department whose mission is to achieve zero waste by providing excellent customer services that promotes waste reduction, increases resource recovery, and supports the City of Austin’s sustainability efforts.

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Shop Local - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

The Austin Common’s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

Summary The holidays are here. Our gift guide has everything you need to know to shop local & eco-friendly this year. Action Box Don’t forget to shop local this holiday season! Want to shop local, but don’t know where to begin? Feeling stressed because you

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Give A Great Story - 1
Community News + Partner Posts
The Austin Common

Give A Great Story This Holiday Season

About Austin Resource Recovery This post is sponsored by our community partner, Austin Resource Recovery, the city department whose mission is to achieve zero waste by providing excellent customer services that promotes waste reduction, increases resource recovery, and supports the City of Austin’s sustainability efforts.

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Cat & Bubble Wrap
Community News + Partner Posts
Austin Resource Recovery

Minimize holiday shipping waste

About The Author This sponsored post was written by Keri Greenwalt (in Dec. 2020) from Austin Resource Recovery, the city department that is working to reach Austin’s goal of zero waste by 2040. Action Box Try to reduce waste this holiday season by gifting experiences

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COP26 - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Here’s How Austin Fits Into Global Efforts To Act On Climate

Summary From October 31st to November 13th, global leaders gathered in Scotland for the COP26 United Nations climate summit. The decisions they made will impact our planet for generations to come. Action Box Get involved with a local organization that is dedicated to encouraging climate

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Earth
Community News + Partner Posts
Office_Of_Sustainability

Celebrating Global Action, Locally: A Conversation on COP26

About The Author This post is sponsored & written by The Office of Sustainability, the city department that is working toward net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, a healthy & just local food system, and climate resiliency. Action Box Click the badge above to learn more about

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Sheridan Ray
Community News + Partner Posts
Office_Of_Sustainability

Net-Zero Hero: Sheridan Ray

About The Author This post is sponsored & written by The Office of Sustainability, the city department that is working toward net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, a healthy & just local food system, and climate resiliency. Action Box Click the badge above to learn more about

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Zero Waste Decor
Community News + Partner Posts
Austin Resource Recovery

Oh My Gourd: Creepy Zero Waste Décor

About The Author This sponsored post was written by Keri Greenwalt from Austin Resource Recovery, the city department that is working to reach Austin’s goal of zero waste by 2040. Action Box Don’t forget to compost your pumpkins when you’re done with them! This post

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Early Vote - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

It’s Time To (Early) Vote Austin!

Summary On November 2nd, there will be two local City of Austin propositions & eight statewide propositions on the ballot. Action Box Don’t forget to vote! Early voting begins October 18th and lasts through October 29th. Election Day is on November 2nd. Early voting has

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Prop B - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Here’s What’s On Your Ballot: Prop B

Summary On November 2nd, there will be two local City of Austin propositions on the ballot. Prop B is about a land swap that has the potential to bring more parkland to Austin. Action Box Don’t forget to vote! Early voting begins October 18th and

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Prop A - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Here’s What’s On Your Ballot: Prop A

Summary On November 2nd, there will be two local City of Austin propositions on the ballot. Prop A is about police budgets & staffing. Action Box Don’t forget to vote! Early voting begins October 18th and lasts through October 29th. Election Day is on November

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