Publisher’s Note

Thursday, September 23, 2021 by Joel Gross

Introducing the Austin Monitor’s strategic advisory council of guides

Few industries are as American as the press. Revered by the Founding Fathers as “one of the great bulwarks of liberty,” the role of the free press is literally written into the First Amendment, and its impact has proven invaluable…

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 by Joel Gross

Local news is a two-way street

I often describe the Austin Monitor as a news source that exists at the intersection of local government and community. One of the many reasons we believe this space is so important is because of the tremendous influence each side…

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 by Joel Gross

Our decisions shape the community

I previously described elections as a “high-stakes civic intersection between information and action” – in other words, right in the Austin Monitor’s wheelhouse. When it comes to turnout, this recent special election had numerous factors stacked against it: mid-year (not…

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 by Joel Gross

Our journey ahead

Everyone who has ever found themselves fighting the good fight for a nonprofit has a personal story about how they got there. I love hearing these stories, and while the details are always unique, they all follow the same humanizing…

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by Dan Zehr

Publisher’s Note: Kelsey joins Capital of Texas Media Foundation

When we sketched out plans for a new Austin-focused think tank, we envisioned an organization that could dive deep into the metro area’s many challenges and opportunities. But we also realized we would have to put our own community’s issues…

Thursday, June 20, 2019 by Dan Zehr

Publisher’s Note: A new chapter

A thriving and vibrant community requires a robust independent press, an engaged citizenry, and the evidence policymakers and citizens need to make informed decisions. Since its inception almost six years ago, the Capital of Texas Media Foundation has sought to…

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