Capital of Texas media foundation

austin, texas

The Capital of Texas Media Foundation is the parent of the Austin Monitor  a 501(c)3 online publication dedicated to empowering central Texans through the dissemination of better local news coverage and comprehensive outreach activities. We believe that this approach improves the civic health of our region, a place where voter participation is perpetually low.

The Austin Monitor is the 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. 

A supporter of the Austin Monitor says, "The Monitor’s work is both innovative and old-fashioned at the same time. Innovative – an online platform sponsored by a non-profit media foundation, but old-fashioned (in the best sense of the word), because their journalists show up and stay for the public meetings, develop relationships with the key players to get the right insight, and follow through with coherent and balanced coverage."

Austin Monitor the in the Classroom

The Monitor in the Classroom which is conceived as a way to inspire young future voters to participate in civic activity. We help local educators make existing subject material more relevant to students via Austin Monitor reporting.

Harvard’s The Nieman Lab has written a piece on the Austin Monitor you can read about our work here:


Upcoming events

Budget Game Night , August 16, 2016

The project will focus on the local budget process and will highlight the widespread impact of budgeting decisions made by Austin City Council members. In support of substantive, community-oriented civic engagement, Glasshouse Policy and the Austin Monitor will produce content to make the City of Austin’s budget process accessible for all Austinites.

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Transportation Game Night, October 18, 2016

With a $720 million transportation bond referendum set to go before voters November 8, 2016, it is time once again to discuss transportation issues in Austin. This game night will look at the what is proposed and what Austinites think.

City Summit, December 2-3, 2016

From Fracking in Denton to Ridesharing in Austin, the state legislature is increasingly butting heads with Texas’ cities over the best policy solutions to pressing challenges. Join the Austin Monitor, Glasshouse Policy, and state and local leaders for a two-day summit previewing the Legislative Session from a city’s perspective, as well as discuss new areas of opportunity for cooperation, and conflict, between Texas and the cities within it. We are calling this project City Summit.


Open Mic Debates, Quarterly

We will host a series of open mic style debates and offer participants five minutes to debate a range of thought-leaders, policy-makers, and other Austin luminaries about the key issues facing Austin and its residents. Participants will sign up in advance and submit questions beforehand on issues anchored around the 2016 re-election campaign.


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Austin organizations with monitor discounts!

We are happy to announce discounts on Monitor subscriptions to members of local organizations. The Monitor team is proud to work with Austin based organizations. If you are a member of one of the organizations below, get your discounted membership today! If you are interested in offering a  discount to members of your organization, contact


Austin Young Chamber

Austin Chamber of Commerce (with coupon)

We've partnered with the Texas Tribune to offer you discounts on news at the state and local level. As part of your Austin Monitor subscription, we're pleased to now offer one year of complimentary membership to The Texas Tribune!