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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

is a nonprofit online news organization based in Austin, Texas, that focuses on political and civic issues.

The site was in 2009 by venture capitalist John Thornton and . Thornton in startup funds for the site, including $1 million of his own money and from the Knight Foundation and Houston Endowment.

The Tribune is also by about , as well as corporate sponsors and dozens of both , on which it was on track to make $1.2 million in 2013. The site started with 16 staff members, including 11 journalists (it had grown to a and  by 2014), and a . The Tribune was in 2012. By 2011, the site had raised $3.7 million and spent $4 million. It had raised about by early 2012, with a budget of .

In March 2011 the Tribune and The Bay Citizen were awarded a $975,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to develop an open source content management system specifically for news organizations. It received in 2013 to refine its business model. All told, the Tribune had raised through January 2012. It projected  for that year and . As of 2014, came from corporate sponsorships and live events, with another 17% from individual donations, 17% from foundations, and 12% from memberships.

In 2014, the Tribune launched , an opinion website that is also home to the organization’s native advertising program. The Tribune also owns Texas Weekly, a small weekly online political newsletter founded in 1984. The newsletter brings in revenue to cover about 15 percent of the Tribune’s expenses, and Thornton to launch similar specialty publications.

The Tribune publishes its stories primarily on its website, though they are to other Texas news outlets.

The Tribune has been involved heavily in and , initiatives for which it earned praise at its launch. In May 2010, Smith that the Tribune’s databases were responsible for more than a third of its 5.3 million page views after six months. For 2012 the site reported .

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