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From the Field: Lessons from Startups

January 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

So you’ve launched your nonprofit newsroom. Now what? Join John S. Adams of the Montana Free Press and Chris Cobler of the Fort Worth Report for a group discussion on lessons they’ve learned by launching their newsrooms. During the one-hour gathering, John and Chris will offer tips on:

  • Building a strong board
  • Developing a business plan and diversifying revenue streams
  • Creating a membership funnel
  • Best practices for reaching your audience through newsletters
  • Building a database infrastructure that works for you

About John: Montana Free Press was founded by veteran award-winning investigative and political reporter John S. Adams. John was formerly the Capital Bureau Chief of the Great Falls Tribune and a correspondent for USA TODAY. John is known as a dogged investigator and the host of the MT Lowdown podcast whose unbiased reporting has changed the shape of Montana politics. You can reach John at or follow him on Twitter.

About Chris: Chris Cobler is the CEO and publisher of the Fort Worth Report. He is a longtime daily newspaper leader who started his career as a reporter in his hometown at the Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal and then worked at newspapers in Colorado, South Dakota and Texas. In Texas, he first served as managing editor of the Denton Record-Chronicle and later was editor and publisher of the Victoria Advocate. You can contact Chris at


January 18
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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