Public, Society Benefit

Austin Investigative Reporting Project

  • Austin, TX
  • http://www.theaustinbulldog.org

Mission Statement

The Austin Bulldog is a nonprofit independent online news site for investigative reporting in the public interest. The Austin Bulldog
is dedicated to hard-nosed journalism covering topics that matter. Our
primary focus is almost entirely on what’s happening in our hometown,
the city of Austin, Texas, although we will occasionally cover important
stories on the outskirts. We will investigate matters involving
government, media, politics, and anything else warranting close scrutiny
that’s within our resources. We will strive to be an important source
of news on the topics we cover. The Austin Bulldog is nonprofit,
nonpartisan and non-advocacy. We will question authority. We will go
where the facts lead us and report accordingly. We set high standards for our reporting. It must be accurate. It must be factual. It must be fair. We adhere to the  Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics(http://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp) .We seek to advance the cause of democracy, freedom of information and open government.

Main Programs

  1. Investigative Reporting

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Service Areas

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Texas

The Austin Bulldog is a nonprofit independent online news site for investigative reporting in the public interest primarily serving Austin, Texas.

ruling year

2009

Principal Officer since 2009

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Ken Martin

Keywords

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journalism, investigative reporting, government, politics, muckraking, media

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Also Known As

The Austin Bulldog

EIN

27-0231463

 Number

6537425353

Physical Address

509 E. 38th St.

Austin, TX 78705 1701

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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In less than two years of operation we have exposed what appear to be criminal violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act. This reporting triggered an investigation by the Travis County attorney and forced the Austin City Council members to stop holding regularly scheduled private meetings to deliberate the city’s business and to instead begin holding properly posted  public work sessions that are open to the public.
 
Our open records requests exposed embarrasing and possibly illegal e-mail exchanges engaged in by some Austin City Council members. 
 
Our two lawsuits filed against the City of Austin forced the Austin City Council to reform its own procedures for electronic communications and order the Austin city manager to do the same for the city’s 12,000 employees, and order the Austin city clerk to do the same for approximately 375 members of the city’s 55 boards and commissions.
 
These groundbreaking stories have been followed by mainstream media including the local daily Austin American-Statesman, television stations, and public radio, bringing deserved attention to The Austin Bulldog and underlining its importance as a vital public service.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Investigative Reporting

Investigative reporting in the public interest

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$50,000.00

Service Areas

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Texas

The Austin Bulldog is a nonprofit independent online news site for investigative reporting in the public interest primarily serving Austin, Texas.

Funding Needs

The Austin Bulldog needs to attract sustainable funding in the range of $250,000 a year to enable our investigative reporting to reach into more local governmental organizations that are in bad need of scrutiny.

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Operations

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Austin Investigative Reporting Project

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ken Martin

BIO

Ken Martin has 30-plus years as a journalist that includes 25 years as an editor, hiring, supervising, and leading reporting teams of various sizes. As a co-owner of his last four publications from 1997 to date he has invested in and been responsible for the success of these organizations.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Austin Bulldog’s founder, editor, and publisher, Ken Martin, has more than 30 years
of experience as a full-time journalist in the Austin, Texas,
metropolitan area and he has won two national awards for investigative
reporting.
 
Martin has worked at eight different publications in the three-county metro area as a reporter and editor. He is an entrepreneurial journalist who co-owned and/or founded the last four of those eight publications. He has led reporting teams in a variety of publications that won numerous awards for excellence in journalism."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ken Martin

The Austin Bulldog

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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