The News Entrepreneur Academy offers LION members training, resources and members-only content to strengthen their news businesses and become more sustainable. All News Entrepreneur Academy content is available to LION members free of charge. If you’d like to become a LION member, join here.
The News Entrepreneur Academy features full guided courses; shorter lessons on specific topics that can be viewed to answer specific questions; and a resource library that includes downloadable tools and templates, written articles, and much more.
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The News Entrepreneur Academy offers courses on a variety of topics. Use the Filter below to sort courses by topic, or browse all course offerings by category: revenue generation, operations and journalistic impact.
This course explains basic accounting concepts and practices to help you set up robust, consistent systems for financial management.
This course is designed to help small publishers gain basic research skills to understand audience needs and apply that knowledge to product development.
This course demystifies financial management, outlining why budgeting, forecasting and risk assessment are critical for assessing your financial position and future plans.
This course explores the technology behind your news business, including how to evaluate vendors, choosing tools that work well together, and planning for the future.
This course explores why and how to set and track goals, offers strategies for executing goals, and articulates how and why to learn from success (and failure).
This course offers guidance on creating a budget and a financial forecast for your news business.
This course will guide publishers through the strategic and operational infrastructure necessary to build an effective team and increase financial sustainability.
Past LION webinars on topics related to reporting and journalistic impact.
Past LION webinars on internal operations, financial management, and staffing topics for your news business.
Not sure where to start? Check out three featured lessons below. If you’re looking for a specific lesson, visit the News Entrepreneur Academy Lessons Archive to view and sort all individual lessons in one place or browse by individual topics:
Advertising | Audience Development | Audience Research | Burnout | Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging | Development/Major Donors | Engagement | Financial Management | Goal-Setting | Hiring | Impact Tracking | Internal Operations | Leadership | Legal Issues | Managing People | Membership
In this lesson, we'll explore the role of audience research in product development.
In this lesson, we'll discuss the importance of setting goals for helping clarify your priorities and values.
In this lesson, we'll discuss how to get started creating a budget for your news business.
News Entrepreneur Library
The News Entrepreneur Library features a curated list of reports, tools, templates and guides for common issues facing news businesses. The Library features resources created by LION Publishers, LION members and others.
Resources for Operational Resilience
Our operational resilience resources offer guidance on creating the systems, processes, policies and company culture to support staff, manage growth and prevent inefficient or ineffective work, burnout and turnover.
Chalkbeat Local News Field Guide
Practical advice for newsroom leaders around strategic planning, tracking impact, growing revenue and more.
Preparing an Onboarding Plan
Get the most out of your new hires by preparing an onboarding plan for both early-career and senior-level employees with guidance from OpenNews.
Resources and Recommended Reading on Hiring
This document captures tips and resources on equitable and inclusive hiring practices shared in the DEI Coalition Slack.
Selecting a Content Management System
Start your research on content management systems with this News Catalyst webinar on selecting one that meets your needs and preparing for migration.
5 Tips for Choosing a Fiscal Sponsor for Your Newsroom
Guidance on choosing a fiscal sponsor that’s right for your news organization.
LION Tools and Services Directory
A directory of tools and services that LION members use to run their news businesses.
Resources for Financial Health
Our financial health resources offer guidance on generating enough revenue to comfortably cover your news business’ expenses and strategically build for the future, which includes the ability to earn money, manage a budget and monitor revenue and expenses using efficient tools and reliable financial data.
Membership Puzzle Project Membership Handbook
Practical guidance for designing, launching and evaluating membership programs.
Solutions Journalism Network Revenue Playbook
Detailed guidance for getting readers and funders to support your solutions journalism.
StrongNonprofits Financial Management Toolkit
Resources for nonprofit financial management and governance, including videos, articles and downloadable templates.
Table Stakes Grant Writing Guidebook
Start winning grants for your newsroom with this guide on grant writing and proposal development.
How a Smart Paid Acquisition Strategy Can Help Grow Your News Business
Guidelines for pursuing paid acquisition campaigns to grow membership and increase revenue from Phillip Smith.
Raising Community Funding for Local News
A ten step list for raising revenue from Jay Allred, Publisher of the Richland Source.
Cash Flow Forecast
A financial template to help news businesses understand and forecast their cash flow.
Resources for Journalistic Impact
Our journalist impact resources offer guidance on producing meaningful and demonstrable impact in your communities through your journalism in a way that is defined, tracked and measured in service of your audience and community.
Reaching New Audiences
Grow your audience with help from this guide on audience development.
Disability Matters Toolkit
A starting point for journalists and news organizations looking to improve coverage of disability and the accessibility of news products.
News Product Alliance Product Kit
A growing catalog of practical guides for product strategy, research and development in news organizations.
Disclaimer: The content provided in the News Entrepreneur Academy is not intended and should not be relied on as legal advice, for which you should consult your own attorney.