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Austonia launched a new texting trial program that brings local news alerts straight to your phone.

There is a lot of news to keep up with right now: COVID-19 trends, protest coverage, near-daily City Council meetings, the upcoming 2020 election.


Even for the most avid news gatherer, it's hard to keep track of the various tweets and tabs.

So we'd like to offer readers a new way to get the news you want and need—at your fingertips.

By signing up for the Austonia Text program, you'll receive one text, maybe two, with the day's top stories—straight from the reporters who wrote them.

This 90 day program is a test for us. It will be completely free for anyone who signs up—we just want to find new and engaging ways to connect with our readers. If enough people are interested, then we will likely make this service an Austonia staple.

I'm leading this effort, so a little bit about me: I've been reporting on local news in Austin since 2017, when I moved here for what I thought was a summer internship.

Since then, I've attended local government, school board and neighborhood association meetings; interviewed candidates, business owners, social-media phenoms and residents; and written many stories.

Now I'm excited to share them—and the stories behind the story—with you.

This service is a one of a kind for local Austin news. We'll only use it when we think a story merits the extra ping.

I also hope y'all will respond with tips, questions and story ideas.

You can sign up by clicking on this link or typing your phone number into the box located in the sidebar of the website.

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