INN Springboard

INN is no longer accepting applications for the 2020 cohort. Any updates surrounding COVID-19 closures will be announced.

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 was April 6, 2020.

The day-long intensive program is scheduled to take place July 7 in Washington, DC, ahead of the 2020 joint convention of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.  You do not need to be associated with an INN member to apply.

In particular, we seek applicants who:

  • Hold leadership positions at nonprofit news organizations launched within the last two years OR have developed plans to launch new organizations that primarily cover underserved communities.
  • Reflect the diversity of the communities they seek to serve.
  • Express interest in increasing business leadership skills and in developing sustainable funding strategies.

Challenges abound when starting a new nonprofit news outlet or navigating the early days of a launch. That’s why INN created this day-long 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 April 6. The cohort will be selected from among eligible applicants by a panel of INN and industry leaders. Participants will be notified of their selection during the last week of April.

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The group will meet July 7 in Washington, D.C. The program itself is free of charge for selected applicants, but those selected are expected to pay their travel costs. Attendees will then be reimbursed up to $300 in travel-related expenses after completing the training.

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