About Table Stakes

The Table Stakes Local News Transformation Program works with news organizations to tackle important challenges and manage continuous change. The program helps news businesses find a path to a sustainable future by teaching them how to change their practices, develop new products, reach new audiences and better engage their communities.

More than 200 news organizations nationwide have participated in Table Stakes. The process is applied across several versions of the program at universities and institutes, including API, the Poynter Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Arizona State University.

The American Press Institute managed the Major Market and Gannett-McClatchy programs and currently manages the subsequent sprint programming as well as the Table Stakes alumni network. API’s Table Stakes work is funded by The Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund.

The Table Stakes Alumni Network

API runs the Table Stakes Network for program alumni to offer additional training, funding, events and support. 

Who are Table Stakes alumni? An individual who either:

  • Is an alumnus of a Table Stakes program (Major Market, Poynter, UNC, ASU, Gannett-McClatchy)
  • Works at a news organization that completed one of the programs mentioned above (Not sure if your news organization is on the list? Check here
  • A former or current coach for a Table Stakes program

If you fall under one of the categories, make sure to subscribe to the Table Stakes alumni newsletter to receive updates on upcoming opportunities.

Explore Alumni Opportunities

How to find and apply for grants to support your journalism

When: Thursday, February 8 · 1 – 2 pm EST

Join our training on navigating journalism grant applications led by journalist, media consultant and Table Stakes alumna Jane Elizabeth. Together, we’ll learn how to:

  • Make a compelling case for your journalism in grant-writing
  • Decipher and track the missions and purpose of grant-making institutions
  • Learn about key metrics and information needed to support your grant application

About your trainer

Jane Elizabeth is a journalism leader, consultant and educator specializing in renewal and redesign for media organizations. She has authored several journalism education guides, including the Community Foundation and Local Media Guidebook for California newsrooms and funders.

Jane Elizabeth was previously the director of accountability journalism for the American Press Institute. She was the managing editor of The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun, and was also an editor at The Washington Post, The Virginian-Pilot and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Alumni Newsletter

If you want to be alerted when future alumni opportunities are announced, make sure to subscribe to the Table Stakes alumni newsletter