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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. 

Solar 101 - 1
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Thinking About Going Solar? Learn More With Solar 101

About Austin Energy This post is sponsored by our community partner, Austin Energy. Austin Energy is our local publicly-owned electric utility. Action Box Learn if solar is right for you by taking the free Solar 101 course from Austin Energy. This post is sponsored by

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Compost - 1
Community News + Partner Posts
The Austin Common

How To Curbside Compost In Austin

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 promote waste reduction, increase resource recovery, and support the City of Austin’s sustainability efforts.

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Sunflower
Community News + Partner Posts
The Austin Common

How Whisper Valley Built A Green Community In Austin

About Whisper Valley This post is sponsored by Whisper Valley, an eco-friendly community located in East Austin. Action Box Interested in learning more about Whisper Valley? Visit their website to schedule a tour! This post is sponsored by the Whisper Valley. All Austin Common sponsors are

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Cost Of Police Violence - 1
Austin Places You Should Know
Amy Stansbury

Measuring The Cost Of Police Violence In Austin

About MEASURE This post is sponsored by our community partner, MEASURE, a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to use data & education to mobilize communities to eliminate social disparities. Action Box Learn more about the cost of police violence in Austin by reading MEASURE’s

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Soccer Stadium
Community News + Partner Posts
Office_Of_Sustainability

New Soccer Stadium Keeps it “Verde”

About The Author This post was written by the City of Austin Office of Sustainability. Their mission is to protect and improve Austin’s quality of life now and for future generations by leading efforts to achieve net-zero community-wide greenhouse gas emissions, a healthy & just

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Womens Jail - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Should Travis County Build A New Women’s Jail?

Summary On June 15th, the Travis County Commissioners Court will decide whether or not to build a new $79 million women’s jail. Action Box Have thoughts on what the Travis County Commissioners Court should do? Send an email to Commissioners-Court@traviscountytx.gov. On June 15th, our local

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David Brearley
Community News + Partner Posts
Office_Of_Sustainability

Net-Zero Hero: David Brearley

About The Author This post was written by the City of Austin Office of Sustainability. Their mission is to protect and improve Austin’s quality of life now and for future generations by leading efforts to achieve net-zero community-wide greenhouse gas emissions, a healthy & just

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Episode 18
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Solutions To Homelessness (Episode 18)

Ever since Prop B passed, a lot of discussion has focused on enforcement of the city’s newly reinstated camping ban & short-term solutions to homelessness… but what are we actually doing to solve homelessness in our community? What plans are in place to grow our

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Prop B Passed - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Prop B Passed… Now What??

Summary On May 1st, 57 percent of Austin voters approved Prop B. Earlier this week, the city manager unveiled the city’s plan for enforcing it. Action Box Donate to a local nonprofit organization that is helping to serve & house Austinites experiencing homelessness. Keep reading

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Clouds
Community News + Partner Posts
Office_Of_Sustainability

Why healthy air is important for everyone

About The Author This post was written by the City of Austin Office of Sustainability. Their mission is to protect and improve Austin’s quality of life now and for future generations by leading efforts to achieve net-zero community-wide greenhouse gas emissions, a healthy & just

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