Update: We will be seeding 10 sites, not nine.
Following on our successful incubation of seven NJ news start-ups in October, 2013, the NJ News Commons is recruiting a new class of entrepreneurs to expand the NJ news ecosystem. This comes on the heels of mass layoffs at Patch, announced in January, and is aimed at helping former Patch editors and others who are interested in launching news sites in New Jersey.
We will be seeding 10
nine start-ups, all of whom will receive six months of twice-a-month private coaching sessions from local news consultant Joe Michaud, as well membership in a peer-to-peer support group that will meet monthly to discuss issues as they ramp up. We will also be awarding micro-grants of between $1,000 to $4,000 to the start-ups selected.
To kick off this initiative, we will offer a free one-day training on March 11 on How to Start a News Site. Led by Michaud, the session will feature Jeff Jarvis, director of the Director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism; Debbie Galant, founder of Baristanet and director of the NJ News Commons; Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, director of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State, Kenny Katzgrau, co-founder of Broadstreet Ads, and creator of the new Blargo instant WordPress theme for news sites, and longtime digital ad sales maven David Lackey. Would-be news founders from any state are welcome on March 11, but the grants and ongoing mentoring are meant for sites in New Jersey.
On March 11, prospective entrepreneurs will get instructions on how to apply for Grow & Strengthen Class of Spring 2014.
For more information, please write to Debbie Galant.