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Independent digital news outlets are popping up everywhere, and you can do it too.
You might not think you have the experience or money needed to succeed. That’s where Indiegraf comes in. Because media ownership isn’t only for people who can code or have buckets of money — it’s for anyone who believes in the mission of journalism.
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Erin Millar and Rachel Chen
Our mission is to contribute to a more equitable and sustainable news industry so that everyone has access to quality journalism. Launched in spring 2020, Indiegraf exists to empower small digital publishers serving diverse communities to grow their audience and funding.
Indie Network partner publishers
Community members who now have access to local news
Funding raised for indie publishers
I now have a vision and a direction. I have something tangible that I can show people, and I have technology and processes to create content for my audience. Most of all, I am grateful for having a network of amazing journalists who are in the same boat.
We were able to avoid our publication potentially shutting down in the middle of a global emergency. It allowed us to plant the seeds for a more sustainable news model for the future of our community.
I really wanted IndigiNews to be bright, because when you look historically about how we were represented through the media, it was always black and white with sometimes red. For me when I see IndigiNews, it brings me joy; I hope people feel that.
We launched our newsletter, attracted a large audience of email subscribers, gained motivation and energy for our project, secured some funding, learned how to think strategically about our product and revenue streams and received lots of encouragement. Wow!
Indiegraf is led by sisters Caitlin Havlak, CTO, and Erin Millar, CEO, who worked together for the past five years growing The Discourse, a community-funded outlet that has won numerous awards across North America for its ambitious journalism.
Indiegraf launched with seven partner publishers: The Discourse, Sun Peaks Independent News, Peterborough Currents, IndigiNews, La Converse, Spark YQL and APTN News.
We’re a growing community of entrepreneurial journalists, technologists, digital publishers and advisors who share a commitment to ensuring everyone has access to quality, trustworthy journalism.