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Part I: What news founders wish they'd known about launching a media business News Guest

    • Entrepreneurship

Getting an independent local news business off the ground is no small feat, and figuring out how to keep it going can be even harder. So we asked publishers: What do you wish you'd known about launching a news business before you started?

In this episode of News Guest, we talk with two LION members about their perspectives on that question and the lessons they’ve learned the hard way:


To build a sustainable news business, set a sustainable workload: Santa Cruz Local founder Kara Meyberg Guzman explains how she found herself working 80 hours a week as a news founder – and how she and her team made a plan to fix that.
Beware the plug-ins: Gettysburg Connection founder Chuck Stangor talks about building a website on WordPress and learning how to manage all the plug-ins that have become part of his “tech stack.”

Related resources:


Sign up for the News Founder Challenge, a six-week newsletter course that will help you test and refine your news business idea. 
Read the GNI Startups Playbook, a step-by-step guide to building and launching a news business. 
RSVP for LION's News Founder Meetup (March 16, 2022) to meet other aspiring and early-stage news founders and ask Kara your questions about launching a business.

Getting an independent local news business off the ground is no small feat, and figuring out how to keep it going can be even harder. So we asked publishers: What do you wish you'd known about launching a news business before you started?

In this episode of News Guest, we talk with two LION members about their perspectives on that question and the lessons they’ve learned the hard way:


To build a sustainable news business, set a sustainable workload: Santa Cruz Local founder Kara Meyberg Guzman explains how she found herself working 80 hours a week as a news founder – and how she and her team made a plan to fix that.
Beware the plug-ins: Gettysburg Connection founder Chuck Stangor talks about building a website on WordPress and learning how to manage all the plug-ins that have become part of his “tech stack.”

Related resources:


Sign up for the News Founder Challenge, a six-week newsletter course that will help you test and refine your news business idea. 
Read the GNI Startups Playbook, a step-by-step guide to building and launching a news business. 
RSVP for LION's News Founder Meetup (March 16, 2022) to meet other aspiring and early-stage news founders and ask Kara your questions about launching a business.

25 min