What to Expect with TNC

We provide support to guide you from start to finish.

There are a lot of startup guides out there, but not many are designed for solo news entrepreneurs.  One of the things we've learned from our work with founders is that there is no one path or timeline that works for everyone. Our support and resources are designed to meet you where you are and help you get where you want to go. We've organized our resources to help you think through six key areas for building a business that is journalistically impactful and financially sustainable:

  • Audience development
  • Product and service
  • Revenue development
  • Operations and administration
  • People
  • Technology

We remove the uncertainty of being on the right path starting with a self-paced strategy.

You set the pace, and the Collective will be there to offer support when you need or want it. We will help you launch your organization and develop your editorial and revenue strategies. Peers, mentors and our team will help you navigate through the common challenges of launching a new local news organization.


There are three steps in our onboarding process:

  1. Administration: Setting up your company, reviewing our policies and management agreement.
  2. Community: Joining our Slack channel, being introduced to the curriculum with your fellow founders, setting your early priorities, identifying content and revenue strategies.
  3. Technology: Learning how to use all the tools and technologies that will support your publishing.


The Collective resources cover both the news and business parts of building and growing a news business. We will also train you to use our publishing platform so you're ready to publish the day you launch. And you won’t be going through this alone. You’ll be in a community with other founders going through the same process.

Operating, publishing & growing

From the day you launch, you will have access to additional training, support and collective resources to bolster your efforts.

Moving out & moving up

When your site grows bigger and your technology needs change, we’re here to help you migrate to what comes next. When you’re ready to leave, you leave with complete ownership of your intellectual property and with all of us cheering you on in your success.