You don’t need to know everything about launching a digital news business to get started — and there’s a lot you can do to test and refine a business idea before you decide to take that leap.
In the new-and-improved GNI Startups Playbook, you’ll find practical advice for understanding your audience and its information needs, building and testing a Minimum Viable Product, communicating your values, developing a revenue strategy, and defining and measuring success, as well as inspiration and resources from founders who’ve already taken these steps.
Need a little extra motivation to get started? Sign up for LION’s News Founder Challenge, a six-week newsletter series that pairs content from the Playbook with a weekly challenge that will help you sharpen your business idea and begin putting it to the test.
An added bonus: Once you complete all six challenges (no matter how long it takes you!), you can sign up for a free one-on-one consulting session with a LION staff member to discuss your idea and make a plan for next steps.
We’re also planning a virtual event in March 2022 to learn from news founders who have successfully built out their ideas, as well as to connect with aspiring founders who are just getting started.
Just sign up for the News Founder Challenge to get an invite to that event once details are finalized, and stay tuned for more founder resources and opportunities throughout the year.
Knight Foundation awards $2.85 million to LION Publishers
The renewal provides for hundreds more Sustainability Audits, plus online courses, coaching, peer learning and program-specific funding.
Meet the finalists for the 2022 LION Local Journalism Awards
Winners will be announced at next month’s Independent News Sustainability Summit.
Announcing the 16 news businesses selected for the 2022 GNI Startups Lab on Managing Money and Risk
These publishers will receive training, coaching and funding to support financial planning and risk management.