General how-to articles:

HOW TO: Launch Your Own Indie Journalism Site



Business Plan


Finding Health Insurance if You Are Self-Employed, New York Times, March 27, 2008.
Insurance May Ease Monetary Sting for Bloggers Sued Over Posts,, Sept. 29, 2009


Legal Issues

Media Bloggers Association -- From their Web site:
The Media Bloggers Association was founded in 2004 by dozens of leading bloggers as a "mutual defense pact" for bloggers facing legal threats. Among the founding members: Robert Cox, Jeff Jarvis, Jay Rosen, Dan Gillmor, Rebecca MacKinnon, J.D. Lasica, Terry Heaton, Matt Sheffield, Bryan Keefer, Patrick Frey. Other leading members include John Amato of Crooks and Liars, Glenn Reynolds of Pajamas Media/Instapundit, Joe Gandelman of The Moderate Voice, Jeralyn Merritt of Talk Left, Ed Morrissey of Captain's Quarters/Hot Air and many others.
In the course of the past five years, the MBA has provided a wide range of legal support services to hundreds of bloggers facing legal threats related to their blogs. MBA lawyers have represented dozens of bloggers including most recently Joan Stewart in the Oprah Winfrey case -- working with lawyers for Arianna Huffington and The Huffington Post. Other well-known cases include Associated Press/Drudge Retort, State of Maine/Maine Web Report, Batesline/Tulsa World.

Online Media Legal Network (OMLN) -- Developed by David Ardia, of the Berkman Center at Harvard, as a pro bono initiative that connects lawyers and law school clinics from across the country with online journalists and digital media creators who need legal help. Lawyers participating in OMLN will provide qualifying online publishers with pro bono and reduced fee legal assistance on a broad range of legal issues, including business formation and governance, copyright licensing and fair use, employment and freelancer agreements, access to government information, pre-publication review of content, and representation in litigation.