NewStart, a local news ownership initiative that aims to recruit, train and support the next generation of community newspaper owners and publishers across the country, is accepting applications for the fellowship program.
The year-long fellowship is for anyone with a bachelor’s degree who is interested in owning a local newspaper. Fellows will receive training in both journalism and business practices with an emphasis on digital transition and new funding models for media. They will also be placed in apprenticeships at West Virginia newspapers, where they will learn firsthand the day-to-day challenges of running a small-market newspaper in a local community.
More than 90 percent of newspapers in the U.S. are “small market,” with a circulation of 50,000 or less. These newspapers are often family-owned and remain trusted sources of news and information in the communities they serve.