We help lifetime journalists, committed organizers, and individuals looking to support their area start newsrooms with impact. We believe people who care should have a say in informing their community.

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Our guiding principles...

Jeannette Andruss, founder of Spotlight Schools, hosting a pop-up newsroom at a community event. Spotlight Schools helps people better understand, navigate and participate in the TK-12 public school experience in Orange County.

A commitment to serving community needs

We support founders meeting information needs in communities unserved, underserved or historically harmed by legacy media.

Nancy Flores, founder of Austin Vida. Austin Vida gathered feedback from Austinites about their information needs at a Mexican American Cultural Center’s Viva México celebration commemorating Mexican Independence Day.

Supporting marginalized voices

News organizations should be representative of their communities: people of color, women, gender-diverse individuals, and those without formal journalism training should be a part of their community's story.

Nora Hertel, founder of Project Optimist, attending a local Juneteenth celebration. The Optimist offers solutions journalism in service of greater Minnesota communities.

Agency for our members

Our founders know their communities best and always have the final say in what's right for their newsroom.

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Why we created an AI community care agreement

We at TNC have created a community care agreement for AI tools that helps balance the need for privacy and brave spaces with accessibility.

5 Questions with Nora Hertel at Project Optimist

TNC member Nora Hertel talks about the origin of Project Optimist and how she is focused on journalism that uplifts and connects community.

Wichita Info Challenge leads to three new TNC members

We’re excited to announce our newest Tiny News members out of Wichita, thanks to an innovative collaboration with the Wichita Foundation and its chief strategy officer Courtney Bengtson.

What we can do for you

Starting a news organization can feel like an insider’s game. We’re here to help founders break through historic barriers to entry.

A Network of Support

Our network provides new founders with the support they need to build a newsroom that serves their community.

Lowering Barriers to Entry

We reduce the cost of starting and growing a business to make it easier to get started, and our support allows founders to focus on building their newsroom.

The Right Technology

Our technology resources means you have everything you need to quickly get up and publishing through web and newsletters, experiment with different revenue models and focus on the metrics that help you make informed decisions.

A Supportive Path to Entrepreneurship

We work with expert partners across the field of journalism to get founders up and running and to develop the critical skills they need to build with confidence.

Are you the future of local news?

We're looking for people who share our mission and vision for a world where everyone has a role to play in creating relevant, accurate, and culturally-conscious local news and information.

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Project Optimist


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Austin Vida

Austin, Texas

Future Tides

Seattle, Washington

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