Launch My News Startup

Congratulations! Deciding to start a news business is a big decision. LION provides two programs and a special membership tier for people like you who are getting started. Plus we've rounded up other resources from across the journalism industry you can take advantage of.

But nothing is more valuable than hearing from others who are currently running their own news organizations. Even if you aren't quite ready to make the leap yet, we invite you to join our News Entrepreneur Community on Slack to ask questions and listen in on conversations about the independent local news business and what it takes to launch your own.

From LION Publishers


  • Prepare to apply for the GNI Startups Boot Camp, a free eight-week program for aspiring founders that we offer in partnership with director Phillip Smith and the Google News Initiative.



  • Check out our Startups Playbook, published in partnership with the Google News Initiative, for a step-by-step guide to designing and launching a viable digital news business.
  • Sign up for LION's weekly newsletter for inspiration, insights, and resources to help you strengthen your news business.

Other Resources

  • The Tiny News Collective offers training, technology, professional services, and a peer-learning community for aspiring founders, especially those focused on local news in unserved or underserved communities.
  • The Institute for Nonprofit News helps publishers launch and grow nonprofit news sites through its Startup Guide, Springboard program, and other resources.
  • Indiegraf provides technology, research, sales and growth services, digital playbooks, capital and other tools to help publishers grow audience and revenue.
  • The Asian American Journalists Association’s three-day Catalyst program helps founders of color learn how to fund and launch their own media products.
  • The Newmark Graduate School of Journalism offers a 100-day online certificate program for creative thinkers with a media business idea.

What other resources would you add to this list? Email us at [email protected] to let us know.

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