March 11: How to Start a News Site

The NJ News Commons, an initiative of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University, is providing a day-long training on Tuesday, March 11, for people interested in starting their own news sites. The training is targeted at journalists who have been downsized from their jobs, such as those affected by the recent Patch layoffs, or for those who just want to start an entrepreneurial news endeavor.

In this session, you will learn the basic steps required to transition from being a reporter or editor to becoming a publisher. You will also learn the basics of setting up your site on WordPress, creating an editorial team, selling ads and marketing your site.

After the training, if you are interested in taking the next step to start your site, you can apply to join our Grow & Strengthen startup program, which provides six months of free coaching and a peer-to-peer monthly training group.

The training is free and open to all. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Schmitt Hall Room 311, Montclair State University. Directions here. A teleconference option is available for those who cannot attend in person.

Register here.

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