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Welcome to Austonia!

We launched in April 2020 to bring a new, authentic Austin voice to our city.

Austonia is locally-owned, created to serve the Austin community and connect it with our great local brands, like our founding sponsor, Tito's Handmade Vodka. We're one of a handful of truly local Austin media, not part of an out-of-town media conglomerate like so many others.

Our mission is to help you get connected to Austin.

You'll notice a few things different about us:

  • 100% Austin stories and sponsors. If it's not about Austin, we don't cover it.
  • Free, no paywalls, available-to-everyone.
  • An approach that respects your time—we curate the stories we think you'll like most, and our stories are shorter and more-focused.
  • We're fellow travelers—here to do the research you would do if you had the time. We don't pretend to have all the answers.
  • Non-partisan, non-ideological, and respectful of all people.
Our approach is working! Our brand is reaching more than 100,000 Austinites every month, people like you who want to know what's happening in Austin and are ready for a fresher way to keep up.

And we've recently been named one of 4 finalists for Best New Publisher, USA, by our nationwide peer group of local independent media, called LION.


Give us a read, tell your friends, and let us know what you think.


Mark Dewey, Publisher (mark@austonia.com)



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