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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. 

Police Budget Recap
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Big Changes Were Made To APD’s Budget… What Comes Next?

Summary A lot has been done since City Council voted to make $150 million in historic cuts & potential changes to APD over the summer. Keep reading for an update on the latest! Action Box Participate in our city’s effort to reimagine public safety by

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TDM Award
Community News + Partner Posts
COA Transportation Department

City of Austin Wins Air Central Texas Award

About The Author This post was written by the City of Austin Transportation Department, which is committed to providing the most safe, efficient, cost-effective and sustainable roadway, bikeway, walkway and transit system for our community. Action Box Try making your commute more sustainable by finding

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Thanksgiving
Community News + Partner Posts
Austin Resource Recovery

Stay Safe And Waste Not This Thanksgiving

About The Author This post was written by Ashley Pace and Keri Greenwalt from Austin Resource Recovery. Austin Resource Recovery is the city department responsible for trash, recycling, & composting services in Austin. Action Box Celebrate Thanksgiving this year in a way that is eco-friendly

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Elections Recap
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Now What? A Local Elections Recap.

Summary Election Day is over, and while the presidential race is still uncertain, here in Austin, we passed two major transportation propositions & broke all kinds of voter turnout records. Action Box If you live in Austin City Council District 6 or 10, you still

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Community Powered Workshop
Community News + Partner Posts
The Austin Common

Building Power With Design Justice

Summary The Community Powered Workshop is a local nonprofit that connects and amplifies the voices of communities who have not yet been heard to create powerful places that promote a healthy future and break barriers of systemic injustice. Action Box RSVP for Community Powered Workshop’s

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Voting FAQ
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Amy Stansbury

Everything You Wanted To Know About Voting In Texas

Summary Election Day is November 3rd. Get the answers to all your voting-related questions in our latest guide. Action Box Vote! Vote! Vote! There’s still time to vote in this election! Been putting it off because you’re unsure about how to actually vote? Don’t worry,

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Phone Banking
Essays
Hayley Wood

Calling On A Stranger: Phone Banking 101

Summary Already voted? Looking for a way to help out this election season? In this post (written by Hayley Wood), you’ll learn all about phone banking & discover some last minute phone banking volunteer opportunities. Action Box Scroll down to the bottom of this post

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Mask
Community News + Partner Posts
Janis Bookout

Love Is In The Details

This op-ed was written by Janis Bookout, co-founder of Community Resilience Trust, a former teacher and a contributing author at the Austin Common. You can support her work by contributing to her Patreon account. Articles about the teachers who have died from COVID-19 always seem

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A Brief History of Transportation Plans In Austin
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
The Austin Common

What Are Austin’s Plans For Fighting Traffic?

This post is sponsored by MoveATX. All Austin Common sponsors are screened by The Austin Common team to ensure they’re doing good for their employees, customers, our community, and the planet. With all the talk this election cycle about the future of transportation in Austin, you

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District 7
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Your Guide To The District 7 City Council Race

Summary There are two candidates running to represent District 7 (central/north Austin) on City Council. Action Box Vote! Vote! Vote! And don’t forget to vote in these important local races as well. Live in central/north Austin? Interested in police reform? Our city’s response to homelessness?

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District 4
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Your Guide To The District 4 City Council Race

Summary There are three candidates running to represent District 4 (north/east Austin) on City Council. Action Box Vote! Vote! Vote! And don’t forget to vote in these important local races as well. Live in north/east Austin? Interested in police reform? Our city’s response to homelessness?

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