Apply to be in the next cohort of the Indie News Challenge

Indiegraf exists to make it easier for entrepreneurial journalists launch and grow digital news products.

Fill out the below form to express your interest for the next cohort of the Indie News Challenge. We are currently accepting expressions of interest for a cohort starting around mid-September.

What is the Indie News Challenge?

Over nine weeks, a group of journalist entrepreneurs work together to build new community news products from the idea stage to attracting their first subscribers and readers. Through weekly Zoom seminars, exercises, one-on-one feedback and a community of like-minded peers, you’ll develop your idea into a prototype with early traction and a clear plan you can share with potential funders, partners and members.

Here’s how Ayesha Barmania and Will Pearson, co-publishers of Peterborough Currents, described the experience: “We launched our newsletter, attracted a large audience of email subscribers, gained motivation and energy for our product, secured some funding, learned how to think strategically about our product and revenue streams and received lots of encouragement. Wow!”

Who is the Indie News Challenge for?

We are currently accepting project ideas from startup and established publishers from Canada and the United States. We especially encourage BIPOC journalists to apply. We are committed to supporting the growth of Black, Indigenous, and POC-owned media.

What else do Indie News Challenge publishers get?

Participating in the Indie News Challenge also gets you ongoing access to the Indiegraf community, where you can learn and connect with other Indiegraf publishers via our Slack workspace and virtual events.

Projects that successfully complete the Indie News Challenge qualify for discounts on Indie Tech, Indiegraf’s powerful, beautiful and cost-effective CMS, and Indie Engine, analytics and digital marketing services designed for small publishers. Projects may also qualify for funding from Indie Capital.

What does the Indie News Challenge cost?

The full cost per participant is $5,000. Thanks to our funding partners, we can offer the Indie News Challenge at a subsidized fee of $500. Equity is important to us and so we never want cost to prevent people from becoming journalist-entrepreneurs. Grants are available to those for whom cost is a barrier to participation.

The time commitment required is approximately eight hours per week for nine weeks.

Email Publisher Success Manager Joe Lanane with any questions or feedback.

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