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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. 

Voting FAQ
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
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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Episode 5
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Your Guide To The District 6 City Council Race (Episode 5)

In this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, comedian Laura de la Fuente (of Queerantine) joins Amy Stansbury to cohost our conversation with the candidates running for Austin City Council in District 6 (northwest Austin). Topics of discussion include homelessness & transportation.    Guests

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District 6 Council Guide
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Your Guide To The District 6 City Council Race

Summary There are four candidates running to represent District 6 (northwest Austin) on City Council. Action Box Vote! Vote! Vote! And don’t forget to vote in these important local races as well. Live in northwest Austin? Interested in police reform? Our city’s response to homelessness?

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Community First! Village
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Paddle For Community

Summary Ruckify is hosting a paddling event on October 25th to benefit Community First! Village. Action Box RSVP for Paddle Community! This post is sponsored by Ruckify. All Austin Common sponsors are screened by The Austin Common team to ensure they’re doing good for their employees,

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Prop A, Explained
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Prop A, Explained

Summary This election season, Austinties will have the opportunity to impact the future of public transportation in Austin with Prop A. Action Box Vote! Vote! Vote! And don’t forget to vote in these important local races as well. Maybe you’ve read the headlines. Maybe you’ve

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District 10
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

Your Guide To The District 10 City Council Race

Summary There are seven candidates running to represent District 10 (west Austin) on City Council. Action Box Vote! Vote! Vote! And don’t forget to vote in these important local races as well. Live in west Austin? Interested in police reform? Our city’s response to homelessness?

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