HOME
          
LATEST STORY
Take two steps back from journalism: What are the editorial products we’re not building?
ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
July 20, 2009, 8 a.m.

Texas Tribune is ramping up

Keep an eye on Austin, Texas.

With a bankroll that includes $1 million of his own cash and contributions from a network of friends and associates, Texas venture capitalist John Thornton is launching a non-profit online journalism venture, Texas Tribune. Fund raising continues, with the goal of securing two to three years of “runway.”

In the last few days, the venture announced that Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith would be leaving his post to lead Texas Tribune, and that Alisha Ring, president of the Austin Technology Council, would be its General Manager.

Thornton has been an active blogger (Insomniactive) for several years, with frequent commentary about the state of journalism, the business thereof, and state and national politics. A careful reader will have discerned, for some time, Thornton’s conviction that journalism can thrive only in a non-profit environment.

Sign up here, if you want a heads-up when TT gets off the ground in the fall.

POSTED     July 20, 2009, 8 a.m.
SHARE THIS STORY
   
Show comments  
Show tags
 
Join the 15,000 who get the freshest future-of-journalism news in our daily email.
Take two steps back from journalism: What are the editorial products we’re not building?
“Imagine all the wildly different services you could deliver with a building full of writers and developers.”
Newsonomics: The Financial Times triples its profits and swaps champagne flutes for martini glasses
The FT is a leader in crossing over from print — digital subscribers now make up 70 percent of its paying audience, a number that keeps growing.
A farewell to #content: Optimism, worries, and a belief in great work
A few thoughts on the state of media (and meta-media) from our departing staff writer.
What to read next
750
tweets
Snapchat stories: Here’s how 6 news orgs are thinking about the chat app
From live events to behind-the-scenes tours, The Huffington Post, Fusion, Mashable, NPR, Philly.com, and The Verge tell us how they’re approaching Snapchat.
611New rules governing drone journalism are on the way — and there’s reason to be optimistic
They’re more permissive than some had expected: “Under this regulatory framework, every newsroom will have drones and people certified to fly them. They’ll just be part of the equipment.”
483Internet birthed the radio star: Local newspapers are hoping online radio can be a growth area
Despite slow audience and revenue growth, a handful of newspapers are optimistic about the future of Internet radio.
These stories are our most popular on Twitter over the past 30 days.
See all our most recent pieces ➚
Fuego is our heat-seeking Twitter bot, tracking the links the future-of-journalism crowd is talking about most on Twitter.
Here are a few of the top links Fuego’s currently watching.   Get the full Fuego ➚
Encyclo is our encyclopedia of the future of news, chronicling the key players in journalism’s evolution.
Here are a few of the entries you’ll find in Encyclo.   Get the full Encyclo ➚
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
New England Center for Investigative Reporting
Bloomberg Businessweek
New Jersey Newsroom
Hechinger Report
Chi-Town Daily News
The Blaze
The New Yorker
St. Louis Beacon
Forbes
Franklin Center
The Sunlight Foundation