The Capital of Texas Media Foundation (CoTMF) is a nonprofit media company that empowers Central Texans with the news and information they need to understand and influence local civic and social issues. CoTMF is home to the Austin Monitor. This serves as the premiere news source for local leaders, change-makers, activists and volunteers.

Like no other media organization in the country, CoTMF puts content to work in service to the community. Our mission is to positively impact our community through content – online and in person – and increase the number of Central Texas activists, volunteers, voters and donors.

On June 20, 2019, CoTMF announced it would strengthen its work toward those goals by merging with Glasshouse Policy and launching a new think tank, which will focus on Central Texas’ governments, development and economy. The combined organization will deliver the news, community engagement programs and research needed for Austin’s equitable and sustainable growth.

 
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Our Work

 

The Austin Monitor is an online news organization that delivers its brand of nonpartisan and unbiased news to the residents of Austin and Central Texas.

We believe that local, community-invested journalism is a rarity as more news outlets consolidate – and, in the process, move away from traditional local coverage. While individuals can receive push notifications regarding breaking news in other countries, fewer are receiving news that might directly impact their lives. And in the age of information, it is getting harder for readers to filter for informed news about their community.

The Austin Monitor is actively engaged in the transformation of journalism. As we continue to push ahead, we also seek to empower voters in Central Texas with the sort of information that lets them hold local policy makers accountable. In short: We believe that, through journalism, we can promote transparency and dialogue.

The Austin Monitor is a recipient of a 2016 Edward R. Murrow award, along with KUT and KLRU-TV for our co-produced series “Austin’s Eastern Frontier.” The series explored the impact that Austin’s increasing cost of living and population growth has had on the neighboring city of Manor.