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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. 

The Price Is Right
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Recapping The Price Is Right

Summary On May 21st, The Austin Common cohosted a Price Is Right event about the city’s budget with KUT, Austin PBS, and Good Politics. Action Box Tell the city how it should spend next year’s budget! Click the badge above to fill out an online

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Compost Contamination - 1
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Here’s What Does (& Doesn’t) Go In Your Composting Cart

About Austin Resource Recovery This post is sponsored by Austin Resource Recovery, the city department in charge of trash, recycling, and composting pickup services. Action Box Click the badge above to learn more about composting in Austin. This post is sponsored by Austin Resource Recovery. All

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Budget Store
Essays
Giselle Rodriguez

Let’s Go To The Budget Store

Summary This video is from the Price Is Right city budget event we cohosted with KUT, Austin PBS, and Good Politics on May 21st. Action Box Share your thoughts on the City of Austin’s budget for next year by taking a short online survey before

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Civics 101
Giselle Rodriguez

Where Do Your Property Taxes Go?

Summary This video is from the Price Is Right city budget event we cohosted with KUT, Austin PBS, and Good Politics on May 21st. Action Box Share your thoughts on the City of Austin’s budget for next year by taking a short online survey. The survey allows

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TCAD Video Cover
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Explaining TCAD

Summary On May 4th, Travis County voters will get to chose three members of the Travis Central Appraisal District’s Board of Directors. Action Box Vote! Election Day is May 4th. On May 4th, Travis County voters will get to choose three members of The Travis

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TCAD - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

What Is TCAD? And Why Is It On My Ballot?

Summary For the first time, voters in Travis County will vote for three members of the Travis Central Appraisal District Board Of Directors. Action Box Don’t forget to vote! Election Day is May 4th. Did you know there’s an election on Saturday, May 4th?! Learn

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TCAD Board Podcast
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Meet The TCAD Board Of Directors Candidates

On May 4th, voters in Travis County will get to vote for 3 seats on the Travis Central Appraisal District Board of Directors. It’s a super confusing election, but as always, we’re here to explain it all for ya! This episode features interviews with nearly

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Airport - 1
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Curious About What’s Going On At The Airport?

About Austin-Bergstrom International Airport This post is sponsored by the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Action Box Attend the Airport Open House on April 27th. This post is sponsored by the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. All Austin Common sponsors are screened by The Austin Common team to ensure

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Pickup - 1
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

1 Million Rides (& Other Things You Should Know About Pickup)

About CapMetro This post is sponsored by our community partner, CapMetro, Austin’s regional public transportation provider. Action Box If you live in one of the service areas, give Pickup a try! This post is sponsored by CapMetro. All Austin Common sponsors are screened by The

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Food Plan - 1
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

What You Need To Know About Austin/ Travis County’s New Food Plan

About Office of Sustainability This post is sponsored by our community partner, 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 fill

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Nowhere To Go
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Nowhere To Go: Homelessness In Austin

Our podcast mini-series on homelessness continues with a focus on emergency shelter, which is meant to provide people with a safe place to sleep (temporarily), while they work to get connected to more permanent housing. But in Austin, we don’t have enough emergency shelter beds,

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