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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

1 News Item You Should Know, Explained

1 News Item You Should Know, Explained

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Council Meeting, Explained

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Find out what's happening at the next Council meeting, without reading through a long/ boring agenda.

Community News + Partner Posts

Community News + Partner Posts

Stay up-to-date on what Austin's best local orgs/ businesses are up to... and how you can get involved.

News Archives

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. 

We keep it positive.
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Some Good News: Austin Tech Alliance Launches Lend A Hand ATX

The website connects skilled tech volunteers with those in need in order to make critical community connections during the COVID-19 crisis.   Do you work for a nonprofit that needs help with their online presence? Hungry for social media help? Or design work? Simply visit the

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Action Items
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Action Item: Donate Your Laptop To Help Local Students

Now that classes have moved online for local students, there are thousands of Austinites in jeopardy of missing out on their education because they lack access to a computer. Luckily, there’s a way you can help.   AISD has partnered with Austin Free-Net and Ruckify (a peer-to-peer rental marketplace)

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Kale
Community News + Partner Posts
Amy Stansbury

Gardening For Good: Introducing Austin1Farm

Summary The Austin Common has partnered up with The Grower’s Guild to support the Austin1Farm Initiative, which encourages Austinites to celebrate Earth Day by planting backyard gardens. Action Box Start a garden of your very own! Share your bounty with friends, family, and neighbors (in

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Earth Day
Community News + Partner Posts
Janis Bookout

What Happened to Earth Day 2020?

About The Author Janis Bookout is the Executive Director of Earth Day Austin, as well as one of the organizers of Community Resilience Trust, a grassroots coalition that came together in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the goal of making Austin a more equitable

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CARES Act Q&A
1 News Item To Know - AC
Amy Stansbury

What’s Happening With Federal COVID-19 Relief?

Summary Representative Lloyd Doggett’s office answers our readers questions about federal COVID-19 relief and the CARES Act. About the Author Amy Stansbury is the Editor-In-Chief of The Austin Common. You’ve seen the headlines. Trillions of dollars in federal aid are supposed to be coming our

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Protect Our Waste Collection Workers
Community News + Partner Posts
Austin Resource Recovery

Protect Our Waste Collection Workers

Summary ARR Director Ken Snipes thanks Austin’s sanitation workers for keeping our city safe and clean and asks the public to help ensure their safety. About The Author Ken Snipes in the Director of Austin Resource Recovery, the city department responsible for residential curbside collection

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Heart Shaped Food
1 News Item You Should Know, Explained
Amy Stansbury

How To Feed Thousands During A Pandemic… And Do It Fast.

Summary The need for emergency food resources has put a strain on Austin’s traditional food network, forcing the city, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits to get a bit more creative. Action Box If you want to help the growing number of Austinties in need of food, consider

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