Mark Dewey is a news/technology junkie and austonia.com's publisher. He started his career covering murders, fires, and wrecks for a tv station in the Mississippi Delta, writing national news in CNN's Washington bureau and working behind the scenes at NBC Sports. He spent the 90s at AOL, creating and managing big content sites. Mark moved to Austin in 2005, working in public media and teaching journalism at the Univ. of Texas at Austin. Austonia was born from all of those experiences, plus months of interviews with people who've tried/failed/succeeded/helped/hindered or thought deeply about local digital media.
I'm very proud and pleased to tell you that the Austonia team has been selected as a finalist for a nationwide award—Best Emerging (New) Publisher, from the Local Independent Online News Publishers association, the industry group for local digital news sites like ours.
View the 2020 LION awards finalists here.
Recognition like this from our peer group motivates us to work even harder on our mission of connecting you to our ever-changing city.
Thanks to each of you for supporting us. If you like what we're doing, you can help us by forwarding articles to your friends, posting on social media and signing up for our daily AM newsletter.
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.
Give us a read, tell your friends, and let us know what you think.
Mark Dewey, Publisher (firstname.lastname@example.org)