Austin American-Statesman Opens Up More of Its Journalism

From a story on by editor Manny Garcia headlined “At the Statesman, we are opening up access to more of our journalism”:

Dear readers,

The Austin American-Statesman newsroom is here to serve you and our growing community. For more than 150 years, we have always strived to provide public service journalism done from the heart. Our journalists live in and love this community just like you do. You are our neighbors.

To that end, we are making some changes to and to ensure our journalism reaches an even larger share of our growing and dynamic community.

Starting this week, readers who aren’t yet subscribers will no longer be limited on the number of articles they read in a 30-day period. Now more than ever before, more people in Austin and Texas will be able to have access to key news and information without limitations — hundreds of stories each month.

However, subscribers will continue to be rewarded with our best work, award-winning storytelling, analysis, commentary and investigations you can’t find anywhere else. These compelling stories are exclusive to the Statesman from our team of experts in the newsroom and will continue to be reserved for our subscribers.

These subscriber-only stories have led far more people to sign up as subscribers than the monthly limits on our other work. From our coverage of homeless issues, affordability, growth and development, food and dining, Longhorn and preps sports to local politics and editorials and columns, we see a direct line from reading our premium journalism to gaining and retaining subscribers.

Quality journalism brings value. The Statesman stands for quality.

Our approach here is two-fold: We want to support the community by providing unlimited access to need-to-know information in both times of crisis and calm. We hope that by bringing you more access to our journalism, you will see the value of our work and join our growing family of subscribers.

“Our newsroom works tirelessly and without pause to provide Austin and Texas with breaking news and investigative journalism that holds officials and institutions accountable,” said digital editor Amanda O’Donnell. “This shift will make more of our stories readily accessible to you, but now more than ever, we’re relying on your support. If you don’t already subscribe, please consider the value our work provides our community, and you as a member of it, the next time you read one of our stories.”

We have one of the finest teams of journalists in Texas, providing daily a comprehensive report that serves our community from Austin proper and across Central Texas, including Hays, Bastrop and Williamson counties.

I wrote earlier this month about how bullish I am about 2022 and our growth. It’s all directly tied to our top-tier and award-winning journalism. 

With this change, it’s now easy for everyone to make part of your daily routine.

“The Statesman is constantly evolving in the ways in which we bring you daily news coverage important to the Austin community,” said regional content strategist Jennifer Hefty. “Our readers are the heart and soul of our work and drive our mission each day. We hope that this change makes getting news easier and more accessible for more readers. We also hope to become more of a centerpoint in your daily routine with not only our website, but also through our suite of email newsletters and our app, which can be customized to your interests.”

In order to keep providing this service, we need support in the form of subscriptions from readers like you. So if you like what you’re seeing and want exclusive access to more stories each month, please sign up for a subscription today at

So please enjoy our news offerings and we hope to welcome you to the Statesman family soon. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your partnership.

Manny García
Editor, Austin American-Statesman

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