The Nonprofit Austin Monitor is Trying to Find the Sweet Spot For Hyperlocal Policy News

Publisher Mike Kanin and editor-in-chief Elizabeth Pagano, the only two full-time employees at the hyperlocal Texas capital news site the Austin Monitor, come back to one word when describing the site: wonky.

“The calling card of the organization is that it provided all this great news for insiders. But it’s also just great news. We’re the ones at the planning commission at three in the morning, we’re the ones watching the city website for memos that are coming out on everything, you name it,” Kanin said. “We can get pretty wonky. But we want to continue to do as much of that as possible.”

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