AUSTIN, Texas — The new Austin Tribune is the latest effort by an ambitious group of local newspapers to create a newspaper that offers both traditional and digital news coverage.
The newspaper, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year, will offer a wide range of print, digital and on-demand news coverage, including breaking news and interviews with local leaders and public officials.
Its first edition will include news coverage of the Austin City Council’s decision to extend the city’s controversial ban on gay marriage and the new governor’s announcement of his intent to move forward with his plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
It will also include an editorial board that will include former U.S. Rep. and presidential candidate Rick Perry and former Texas Gov.
Rick Perry, both of whom endorsed the Tribune’s platform.
“The Tribune is a place to find out what’s going on in Austin and share our passion and excitement for what we do here in Austin,” said Tom Clements, chief executive of the Texas Tribune Co. and chairman of the new venture.
This is the third time the Tribune has created a new publication.
In 2017, the group partnered with the Austin American-Statesman and the Austin Chronicle to launch the Austin Tribune Media Group, a company that owns local news and entertainment properties including the local paper, the Austin Current, the local news station and a national news network.
Since then, the Tribune and the group have launched other ventures, including the Austin Business Journal, the Journal Star and the American Enterprise Institute.
But the Tribune will take a different approach than other local papers to get its local news out, Clements said.
Clements said the Tribune is not seeking to copy the traditional newspapers of the past.
Instead, the newspaper will focus on what it calls a “local” media model that relies on community-owned and operated newsrooms that provide an alternative to traditional newspapers.
The Tribune’s mission statement is that its newsroom and its local community will be “the voice of Austin” and “the anchor of the newsroom.”
The Tribune’s current mission is to be a “voice of Austin,” and its new mission is “a voice of the city,” said John Sperling, the former head of the U.C.L.A. journalism school.
Sperling said the group believes that the Tribune should be “a local voice” and that its local coverage will be a more accessible source for readers.
“We want to be the local voice for the city of Austin, but we want to also be a voice for Austin,” Spering said.
Spering served as an editor for the Austin-based paper from 1997 to 2003.
A few years ago, he was hired as editor of the Daily Texan in Austin, and he also wrote for the Houston Chronicle, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
He left his position at the newspaper in 2015 after 25 years.
Clements also said the new publication will have a strong focus on “news as a conversation,” which is similar to how the Tribune handles local news.
For example, the new Tribune will be focusing on local stories, which are often difficult to find, and will not shy away from taking risks in providing stories about controversial topics, Cales said.
It will also be interested in the intersection of race, gender, sexuality, culture and economics, he said.
The newspaper will be housed at the Austin Convention Center, which opened last year, and is expected in the works for the next several years.
The Tribune will also publish online and in print at AustinActions, a newspaper-themed Web site that will allow readers to access stories on social and political issues, and other sites and platforms, Coles said.
In addition to providing local news coverage and hosting events and discussions, the company will host free events and forums, as well as provide “live blogs” from its members and guests.
Coles said the goal is to attract as many readers as possible to the site.
There will be two types of news content that will be published, he added.
The first is “the kind of stuff that people have come to expect, which can be about politics, sports, pop culture, sports or the news,” and the second type is “stuff that is interesting, fun and informative.”
The first will focus mostly on politics and will be focused on issues, while the second will focus more on local news, Cores said.
“We’re going to focus on those that people want to read,” he said, noting that he is excited to introduce a number of new features.
The Austin Tribune has a $50 million cash infusion from Texas investors, which will support a new management team led by Clements.
The group is also working to expand the newspaper’s digital offerings, including adding podcasts and online video, and expanding the Tribune Newsroom.
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