Automattic, the parent company of WordPress.com, 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: https://newspack.blog/2019/05/01/newspack-faq/
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 WordPress.com 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 email@example.com
Deadline is Aug. 15.