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PROGRAMS1 OCT. 2020

The Sustainability Accelerator Program

David Grant

Accelerator Program Manager
Update: October 1, 2020
Applications are now closed for the Sustainability Accelerator. Visit this website and sign-up to our newsletter for regular updates.


We welcome news organizations who are owned or led by Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and/or other communities of color to apply to join the Facebook Journalism Project’s Sustainability Accelerator. Eligible newsrooms can apply until 9/30/2020 at 11:59 PM ET. Subject to Terms and Conditions.
The Accelerator, Facebook’s premier journalism sustainability training program, involves intensive training in essentials to building a sustainable media business, one-to-one coaching with an industry expert and grant support to implement new strategies. (It is not focused on Facebook tools or services.)
This Accelerator will enhance the long-term growth and sustainability of news organizations that are owned or led by Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and other people of color. Strengthening these newsrooms is an essential part of creating a more just and equitable media ecosystem and a more just and equitable society.
Watch our recent webinar explaining many frequently asked questions and giving you advice about how to shape your application here.
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This program will be led by a dynamic team of media professionals from a diverse array of backgrounds and leadership roles. Among them:
  • Program lead Sara Lomax-Reese is the CEO of WURD Radio in Philadelphia, with a 30-year career focused on Black media entrepreneurship, a coach in the Major Metro Table Stakes program and a former board member of the Lenfest Institute. Sara and WURD Radio participated in the Facebook Membership Accelerator in 2020.
  • Fran Scarlett is the Chief Knowledge Officer at the Institute for Nonprofit News, a coach in the UNC-Knight Table Stakes initiative, and a graduate and a coach in the Media Transformation Challenge.
  • Cierra Hinton is the Executive Director at Scalawag Magazine, the head of strategy at Press On, and a coach in the UNC-Knight Table Stakes initiative. Cierra and Scalawag participated in the Facebook Membership Accelerator in 2020.
  • Anita Li is an audience and engagement instructor at the Newmark Graduate School at CUNY, a board member for the Online News Association and a fellow in the 2016 Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media. Anita, as a member of The Discourse, participated in the Canada Audience Development Accelerator in 2019.
  • Alberto B. Mendoza is the Executive Director of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists with over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector, 18 of those as an Executive Director. His specialities include fundraising, relationships building, short and long term strategy and new project development.
  • Tim Griggs is an independent consultant/advisor, the executive director of the FB Accelerator program and a former executive at The New York Times and the Texas Tribune.
The Accelerator will run from mid-October through early 2021, followed by a six-month period to execute on specific grant-funded initiatives. Grants are distributed by the International Center for Journalists.
News organizations will be asked to commit a team of at least two people, including the organization’s top executive/leader/director, for up to five hours (including live Zoom-based sessions, recorded videos, small-group discussion, and coaching calls) per week during that time.
You will be required to submit a report of your performance using your grant at the end of the program.
We will evaluate your application based on your impact on the community you serve, how prepared you are to pursue your business’s biggest opportunities, and your willingness to commit to the program’s requirements.
Accelerator participants will join an active community of news organizations who remain allies for one another long after the conclusion of the formal program.
Eligibility criteria:
  • You are a news organization of any type (digital, print, broadcast, etc.) in the United States.
  • The majority of your ownership and/or leadership is Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian or other people of color.
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