The Austin Post is a community-driven news website with the nonprofit mission of keeping the community newspaper going in some form. The chosen form is not quite a newspaper—since it’s obviously online and not physically paper—and its array of different voices and perspectives give it more of a collective news-blog feel. Since many can probably agree that “paper” is the operative word that needs to lift out of the newspaper concept, migrating online, which is better for the environment and cuts (or even eliminates) printing costs, seems to be the way the flood waters are rushing. So the Austin Post began in July of 2009 as a news forum where professional writers, citizen journalists, and bloggers of all experience levels can contribute to keeping the Austin community informed. The Austin Post currently does not pay as some sites in the news-blog category have set a trend in doing—(like Examiner.com, for example)—and counts on the donated time and effort of its writers. However, where Examiner.com has an application process and vets its Examiners, anyone who registers can write for the Austin Post.
“The community nature of Austin Post will essentially vet writers—the best ones will get read, commented, and voted on the most, maintaining a visible position on the page,” said Lyssa Myska Allen, editor in chief of the Austin Post. “It's a bottom-up model of journalism rather than top-down.”