A program of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin
Founder, American Journalism Project
Founder, The Texas Tribune
(Video of Thornton’s presentation at ISOJ2019 is below his bio, along with an article from the ISOJ team)
John Thornton is co-founder of the American Journalism Project. He has been a venture capitalist at Austin Ventures since 1990, where he has co-led the technology practice for more than two decades. He also co-founded venture capital firm Elsewhere Partners in 2017. In 2008, John founded the Texas Tribune, the only member-supported, digital-first, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government, and statewide issues.
Thornton chaired the panel “Saving local news in the U.S.: Can we have sustainable online journalism in local markets?” at ISOJ 2019.