Former Texas Tribune Editor-in-Chief Emily Ramshaw Announces New Media Project, the 19th

Austin headquartered media outlet looks to start publishing by summer

Emily Ramshaw had been leading one of the top nonprofit newsrooms in the nation when she announced in November that she would be leaving The Texas Tribune. Following an announcement early Monday, Jan. 27, it is now known why she left the Tribune after more than 10 years. She is launching a new media project, the 19th, based in Austin.

In a combined effort to build a national nonprofit news organization aimed at giving women an inclusive outlet for facts, tools, and information they need to be equal participants in democracy, Ramshaw and Amanda Zamora, the Tribune’s chief audience officer, established the 19th.

The 19th debuted Monday morning with the stated aim of providing a platform for civic conversations and evidence-based reporting that will start a dialogue on gender inequity and injustices from health care to the economy as it relates to women. The site is expected to be fully launched by this summer. Until then, all articles will be published on The Washington Post’s website.

The 19th is a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom reporting at the intersection of gender, politics, and policy. With the goal of empowering women who are underrepresented in American media, the 19th is touching on the fact that the 19th Amendment remains a continuous battle for the women who have been wrongfully left out from our democracy.

The name is derived from the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted all women the right to vote (albeit nearly 40 years after the proposal was introduced). Ramshaw and Zamora coined the name – adding an asterisk – as a visible reminder to the women who have historically been deprived of the same access to information and resources as white women.

Alongside Ramshaw and Zamora is Editor-in-Chief Andrea Valdez, who was formerly the editor-in-chief of The Texas Observer. The 19th will be headquartered in Austin and plans to hire 17 more positions by this summer, including nine reporters.

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