INN Springboard

Did you just launch a nonprofit news outlet? Do you have an idea for the next great local news website? This new initiative will increase the capacity of leaders who have recently launched, or have firm plans to found, a nonprofit news organization. The application deadline is August 6, 2020 at midnight PST.

This program has been revamped to an all-online format in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You do not need to be associated with an INN member to apply.

Challenges abound when starting a new nonprofit news outlet or navigating the early days of a launch. That’s why INN created this program where participants will learn business planning strategies, engage with a leadership expert, gain exposure to multiple funding models, review financial resources for early-phase nonprofit news outlets and connect with a supportive community of peers and nonprofit news leaders.

Application Process

Please complete this application by August 6. The cohort will be selected from among eligible applicants by a panel of INN and industry leaders. Participants will be notified about their selection by August 14.

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The group will meet remotely from 9 a.m. to noon EST on September 3, 10 and 17. Participants must commit to attending all three training days. The program is free of charge for selected applicants.

This program is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

If you have questions about the program, please email Sara Shahriari at