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.
Welcome to austonia.com. A year in the making, we're a new voice in Austin's media landscape.
Austonia is an authentic, locally owned online news company that's here to report exclusively on what's happening in our city. Austin people. Austin stories.
Austin is a place unlike any other, and that unique space is where Austonia lives.
We'll bring you original reporting from our own team, including:
- Katharine Jose, our managing editor
- Emma Freer, Stephanie Schwartz, and Karen Brooks Harper, our reporters
- Rich Oppel, our editorial advisor
We'll also bring you the best of what other media are reporting in Austin. Each of us has covered the city for other media outlets, and we look forwarding to highlighting the work of our many friends, all of whom are doing outstanding work and rallying in this crisis.
Because of the need for community information as the COVID-19 crisis emerged, we put our detailed plans on the shelf and launched early, to begin bringing you coverage immediately.
Why are we doing this? It's all about the journalism. We're a for profit company, but we're chartered as a public benefit corporation. Our chartered purpose is "building community through digital media." That's why we're here.
We're only taking ads from companies that are part of Austin's culture. No programmatic (internet) ads. No clickbait. No non-relevant sponsors. No paywall, either. Over time, you'll see many of your favorite Austin brands.
You'll notice a "talk bubble" in our logo. That's because we're listening. We want to shape our coverage according to what's on your mind. It's at the core of what we think makes us unique and valuable.
Our best to you, your loved ones, and our entire community in this difficult time.
Mark Dewey, Publisher