Resources for Starting a Nonprofit News Organization

This section features helpful resources for starting a nonprofit journalism organization from helpful tax and legal documentation to sample collateral to editorial guidelines. Jump in and explore!

The Digital Media Law Project formerly known as the Citizen Media Law Project, has launched a guide to help journalism organizations understand IRS processes when applying for 501(c)(3) status. You can download the Guide to IRS Decision-Making Process (PDF) here.

IRS Brochure for Start-up Non-Profits (PDF) Find out the steps necessary to get your nonprofit status with the Internal Revenue Service.

Top 10 Rules for Limiting Legal Risk This online module by the Knight Citizen News Network provides a list of handy tips to help nonprofit journalism organizations think about legal issues that can arise as part of their day-to-day work.

Media Kit Example (PDF) Check out this example from the for ideas on how to make your own media kit for your news organization.

Ethical Guidelines and Style Guide Example (PDF) Ethics and style are important components to any news operation. Establishing guidelines in the beginning is the best step to take. Check out this example for ideas for making your own guidebook.

Knight Citizen News Network: Launching a Nonprofit News Site Learning Module Provides steps on how to get started with creating a nonprofit news website.

News Site in A Box Do you want to create a nonprofit news website? Are you uncertain of where to start and what to do? This online module provides the steps you need to get started.