Applications for the Community Journalism Executive Training program are now being accepted!

Organizations that wish to apply must complete the online application and provide required documentation by EOB Friday, July 20th.

Last month, INN and the Knight Foundation announced that we will be convening the Community Journalism Executive Training program at Knight Digital Media Center at USC Annenberg October 18th – 20th, 2012 in Los Angeles. This valuable hands-on and intensive program will be available to only 40 organizations from within the INN and Block by Block publisher communities that apply.

CJET (Community Journalism Executive Training) is designed for independent news publishers who have built a news organization that is strong on journalism and user engagement but who need a boost when it comes to creating a successful financial model.
At CJET, a team of business mentors and experts will:

• Teach you to build an effective business plan from scratch, focused on your particular needs and goals.
• Review your existing business plan, critique it, and help you rebuild it.
• Work with you to develop a 100-day strategy to take your plan from paper to reality.
• Introduce you to the business tools and techniques that can help you drive revenue, measure your performance and identify opportunities.
• Challenge you to think about your exit strategy: What do you hope to achieve with your site, and how will you know when you get there?

Organizations who wish to send a senior representative of your business and who are able to attend the event in person in Los Angeles should complete the online application  in full – including submission of all required backup documentation – by EOB Friday, July 20th.

Organizations who are selected to attend will be provided with a travel stipend to cover the majority (but not all) travel expenses including airfare and lodging to attend the event. Any organization which is selected and which can demonstrate financial difficulty may apply for additional funding assistance.

Applications will be reviewed and attendees will be selected by the CJET Management Committee, including INN’s Kevin Davis & Brant Houston, KDMC’s Vikki Porter, Block by Block Founder Michele McLellan and The Patterson Foundation’s Janet Coats.

Notification of acceptance into the program will be announced July 30th, 2012 with commitments to attend due back from attending organizations by EOB August 1st, 2012.

Participating organizations will be expected to attend all program events, as well as submit all requested pre- and post- event work. Travel reimbursements will be distributed only upon the successful completion of the program.

This program is made possible due to a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Terms and conditions for qualification and participation in the program are subject to change.

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