Chapter 1: Where to Start

Introduction to the Nonprofit News Business

So you want to start a nonprofit investigative news business?

Congratulations! Your passion for truth telling and your desire to be your own boss has brought you to this point.

Starting a nonprofit business can be an overwhelming endeavor, but this Startup Guide will navigate through the process. It has lots of questions you will need to answer, and the tools and resources that are right for your concept.

This process is not easy. You may be tempted to skip some of the steps. But in our experience working with startups, we have found that shortcuts end up costing time, energy and money.

The skills required to run a nonprofit news business go well beyond great reporting and editing expertise. With this guide, you will be able to fully develop your concept and test its feasibility. It steers you through the complexities of forming a nonprofit entity and lays out a tactical launch plan with a timeline to keep you on track.

We hope you will find the guide beneficial. It is a living document and we will continue to add information over time in collaboration with the INN community. We welcome your feedback.