WordPress for News Organizations
Newspack, a project of WordPress.com and the Google News Initiative, is an advanced open-source publishing and revenue-generating platform for news organizations.
Newspack is an all-in-one publishing platform that incorporates industry best practices to help small and medium-sized news organizations produce great journalism, drive audience, and generate revenue.
Newspack has an ever-growing community of newsrooms on the platform. Check out the list.
This video from Laurel Fulford of the Newspack development team demonstrates how the new platform adds to WordPress’s block editor to give newsrooms a range of options for showcasing their work.
The Newspack team has hit another development milestone on time with the completion of the tools needed to set up donations/subscriptions and advertising. The charter newsrooms that are guiding the development of Newspack are still on course to launch by mid-October.
Check out the various components that have been integrated into Newspack over the past year, from authoring tools, to ad managers, to membership and subscription features. You’ll find them on our Support page.
Axios is set to bring in $58 million in revenue this year, up 30 percent compared with 2019, The Wall Street Journal reports, and they’re looking to expand their news-in-brief style to local markets.
Google’s $300 million commitment to news this week added new tools for journalists, adding to its direct cash support and training for newsrooms over the past two years.
The Luminate Group, working through the Membership Puzzle Project, is offering up to $40,000 to help newsrooms build “strong and flexible relationships” with their audience, with the goal of boosting sustainability.
As of September 17, Newspack’s newest site is Mountain State Spotlight, a new publication founded to provide excellent investigative journalism for America’s thirty-fifth state. Yesterday, Nieman Lab covered the publication’s launch and talked to its founders about what inspired them to join forces to build a new nonprofit newsroom for West Virginia.
Two dozen early- or idea-stage publishing projects in the U.S. and Canada will get free, expert advice on honing their business plans, engaging with their audiences and reaching financial sustainability as part of an effort announced this week by the Google News Initiative and LION Publishers.
The eight-week effort is aimed at for-profit and not-for-profit news startups. “The point of the virtual bootcamp isn’t to launch a news startup in eight weeks, but to help journalists think as business owners and make their ideas less risky,” NiemanLab writes of the curriculum. Read more…
Google today announced an effort to to pay publishers for high-quality content to be included in a vaguely explained “new news experience launching later this year.” The company also said it will offer to pay to give readers access to stories on a publisher’s site with a paywall.
The project does not yet include publishers in the United States.
With 27 sites launched and 50 more preparing to go live, Newspack is picking up speed. But we want to move even faster, so we’re now offering a half-price discount for three months to the first 25 European newsrooms that are accepted into our subscription plan before November. A project of Automattic, the parent company […]
Newsletter editors who copy-and-paste between WordPress and Mailchimp can get some time back in their day by using the Newspack Newsletter plugin now available free to anyone.
In researching pain points of online news publishers, many cited the hassle of switching from app to app to app to get things done. This plugin lets an editor use the familiar Gutenberg bock editing tools to more quickly build out a newsletter, all from the friendly confines of WordPress.
A survey of the initial group of pilot partners who helped lead the development of Newspack has found that pilot participants and Newspack team members alike “were very happy with the process.”
The survey, conducted by analysts from News Revenue Hub, was submitted on Friday to the Knight Foundation, which provided funding for NRH to help guide development of the platform in the first year.
Thirteen newsrooms in the Newspack program were awarded a total of more than $1 million as part of Facebook Journalism Program’s relief effort for local news due to Covid-19.
The Newspack team has assembled an email newsletter playbook to help news organizations deepen their relationship with their audience at a time of unprecedented demand for local news.
Tom Grundy, editor-in-chief of the Hong Kong Free Press gives a shout-out to the NewsPack team on the occasion of their launch on the Newspack platform.
The Newspack team brought participating publishers together for the first time last November for a two-day deep dive on the current capabilities and future vision for Newspack. Our chief correspondent, Steve Beatty, wrote an exhaustive account of the meeting, which is a great primer for anyone seriously considering switching to Newspack.
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Newspack draws on the power of WordPress and years of industry expertise to deliver a handcrafted solution that helps small and medium-sized news sites build audience and revenue in the digital era. More than 50 sites have signed on in the first year. Check out the latest features and review our pricing and terms of service.