Automattic Inc, the parent company of WordPress.com, is joining with other news industry leaders to develop an advanced open-source publishing and revenue-generating platform for news organizations. The effort is designed to address some of the persistent obstacles to creating economically sustainable models for journalism, particularly at the local level.

You can read more about the project, which is named Newspack by WordPress.com, here.

A huge thank you to all who applied to become charter participants in the development of the program! The Newspack team is reviewing all applications and will be responding shortly.