Newspack Phase Two application
Deadline is Aug. 15.

Automattic, the parent company of, is building Newspack, a new platform for small and medium-sized news publishers. It will be revenue focused, simple, fast, flexible and durable, with features to meet the needs of most newsrooms. Read more about it:

The first half of the yearlong project involved 12 charter newsrooms who worked closely with the Newspack team to guide development efforts. We're now accepting applications for up to 50 more newsrooms to join in the second half of the effort, from Sept. 1 through Feb. 29, 2020.

What you'll get: a new Newspack website, including the migration of your existing site; free hosting, security, updates, backups and support on through February 2020 (with the possibility of partial subsidies for costs after that); membership in the Newspack community of users; access to Newspack developers; exclusive performance benchmarking against your peers; and more.

What you'll provide: invaluable feedback to the development team; testing of new features; the spirit of collaboration and a goal of creating a better experience for all Newspack users.

After the free hosting period ends on Feb. 29, the expected cost will be $1,000 per month for news operations with revenue under $500,000; and $2,000 per month for those with revenue over $500,000.

For more information, email Newspack communications contact Steve Beatty at

Deadline is Aug. 15.

Email address *
Your publication name *
Your publication URL *
Your name *
An alternate email for you
Your phone number
Tax status *
Do you currently use WordPress? *
Describe the content your organization publishes. What subjects are covered? *
How many posts do you publish in a week? *
Who is your target audience? *
How many monthly unique users do you have? *
What is the maximum monthly unique users you can reasonably project? *
What kind of content do you publish? *
What technologies do you use for web publishing? Please specify hosting, subscriptions, advertising, and anything else that has a major role in your digital operation. *
Please check any of the following that represent more than 5 percent of anticipated future revenue.
Financially, can you reasonably guarantee that your organization will operate for at least 12 months from the proposed launch date of the site? *
Briefly, what else would you like us to know? (Limited to 500 characters)
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