Automattic Inc., the parent company of WordPress.com, is joining with other news industry leaders to develop Newspack, 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.
Over the past 15 years, WordPress has grown to become the world’s most popular publishing platform for the open web — and it’s especially true for news organizations. Through WordPress.com and our enterprise service WordPress.com VIP, we’re proud to host sites for some of the most trusted names in journalism — from Time.com and CNN to FiveThirtyEight and Quartz, as well as individual sites for reporters and bloggers all around the globe.
Newspack is meant to serve small and medium-sized news organizations. Automattic announced on Jan. 14, 2019 that Google, through the Google News Initiative, is taking the lead in backing the project and committed $1.2 million. Other funders include The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, which is contributing $400,000; ConsenSys, the venture studio backing Civil Media, which is contributing $350,000; and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which is contributing $250,000.
With many local news organizations struggling to find sustainable models for journalism, we’re seeing a need for an inexpensive platform that provides the technology and support that lets news organizations build their businesses and focus on what they do best — providing critical reporting for their communities. Our hope with Newspack is to give them a platform where they can continue to focus on what they do best, while we focus on providing world-class technology and support across their editorial and business operations.
In addition to WordPress.com parent Automattic, partners in the project include the News Revenue Hub, which provides revenue solutions for digital publishers, as well as Spirited Media, a digital media consultant.
Please email Newspack’s communications contact Steve Beatty at email@example.com with any questions.