LION Publishers back industry-wide statement on plagiarism, ethics: Reporters do a lot of things to earn their keep, what we get paid for is something that should never be questioned, never be for sale. Trust....Read more»
Members who pay dues by the end of May can save up to 50% on dues and registration for our October summit. Read more »
What do you want to see in your conference? We want to hear from our members. Read more »
Denise Civiletti, the editor and publisher of RiverheadLOCAL.com, was recently selected by the Board of Directors to help lead LION Publishers. Read more »
Reporters do a lot of things to earn their keep: interview public figures, comb through the fine print of public records, attend community events, work to offer comprehensive background on the tough questions we face together. But what we get paid for is something that should never be questioned, never be for sale. Trust.
This past weekend, an industry-wide group of journalism organizations came together to make a stand on issues that cut to the quick of our collective credibility: plagiarism and fabrication. The solution we call for isn't a mere band-aid to be slapped on, but a comprehensive practice that can only serve to make all reporting better: attribution.
As those building the future of local news, Local Independent Online News Publishers are dedicated to fostering excellence and upholding high professional standards. We support the premise that principled journalism is honest, accurate and transparent. As professional journalists, we must demand that of ourselves, lest our readers come to expect any less. Read more »
The publishers of a California news site, LakeCoNews.com, have settled a lawsuit against a local sheriff after his office agreed to stop blacklisting them and provide public records.
John Jensen and Elizabeth Larson, members of LION Publishers, reported that a stipulated judgment was reached in their case against Lake County Sheriff Frank Rivero. Read more »
Because of his other business interests, Ben Ilfeld is resigning from the Board of Directors of the Local Independent Online News Publishers, effective Feb. 20.
"This is a difficult day for me. I completely believe in LION. I completely believe in local independent publishers. You are all the future," he said. Read more »
The Local Independent Online News Publishers have recruited 75 inaugural members, the national educational nonprofit announced Thursday.
Less than 2 months after accepting applications for membership, the new association for local independent online news publishers has attracted more than 70 dues-paying members, with more applications pending.
"We're very proud to have a broad membership that represents the depth of success of local online news sites," said Dylan Smith, chairman of LION's Board of Directors. Read more »
Become a member of the nation's only nation's only association dedicated to Local Independent Online News Publishers, who are successfully creating the future of reporting: locally owned and operated news outlets that directly serve their communities.
LION Publishers share their expertise in editorial, technical, business, advertising sales, marketing and fundraising with their peers. Network with a pool of online news pioneers who are proving daily that local online news does work.
As a member of LION Publishers, you and your organization will be associated with a group of the most recognized and respected local news sites in the nation. The association works as an advocate for local independent news sites, raising our public profile and standing in the industry.
LION is dedicated to improving our members' businesses, on both the editorial and revenue side. Members share their strategies on running news operations that are growing, not shrinking.
LION has ensured that full Publisher Member dues are considerably more affordable than those of organizations of legacy media publishers. And as we kick off our association, we can offer an amazing incentive for new members.
For a limited time, the Patterson Foundation is underwriting the dues of new members—save up to 50 percent on LION's already low dues by signing up now.
With full Publisher Members dues set at just $150/year, Patterson will pay $50 of first-year dues. Sign up for three years, and the foundation will pay half of your dues: $225!
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Local Independent Online News websites are building the future of local news. Be a part of the movement from the beginning: fill out a membership application today.
The LION Publishers Board of Directors is pleased to announce the election to two new Directors: Ikaika Hussey and Brandy Tuzon Boyd.
Hussey, the editor and publisher of the Hawaii Independent, and Tuzon Boyd, the founder and publisher of the Natomas Buzz, were elected on unanimous votes of the Board.
In another Board move, Krystal Knapp of PlanetPrinceton.com was chosen as the organization's Secretary. She replaces founding Board member Mike Fourcher, who stepped down from the LION Publishers Board. Knapp, who also heads up LION's Conference Committee, was unanimously elected as Secretary. The Board expressed its collective appreciation to Fourcher for his vital role in the conception and establishment of the network of local publishers.
Hussey is the editor and publisher of the Hawaii Independent, an online news magazine dedicated to civic journalism. He has led and served in both the public and private sector, and is active on numerous community boards. Ikaika is a parent and a performing musician.
Tuzon Boyd started her journalism "career" in 7th grade as a newspaper carrier. As a newspaper reporter, she covered everything from use of the controversial pesticide methyl bromide in the Salinas Valley to implementation of welfare reform programs in South Sacramento. She returned to her community journalism roots with the 2008 launch of The Natomas Buzz. The Buzz is an independent, hyperlocal news website born out of a concern that the Sacramento region's largest, fastest-growing neighborhood was not being covered by the mainstream media.
Please join us in welcoming Ikaika and Brandy to the Board. We're very pleased to have their help in leading the way to a vision of healthy, quality local news.
Foster the viability and excellence of locally focused independent online news organizations and cultivate their connections to their communities through education and action.
We share a passion for quality journalism and a determination to focus our energies on the health of our online publications as businesses, whether for profit or nonprofit.
We approach our tasks with an entrepreneurial spirit and a belief that individually and collectively we are setting the pace for a new era of local news publishing.
We are dedicated to championing the local online news industry, in the firm belief that independent publishers are establishing the template for successful local digital news organizations - just as independent publishers did for print newspapers in the 19th century.
We declare the best strategy to ensure that local communities are served by quality professional reporting is the promotion and support of local independent online news publishing.
We are committed to strong local independent journalism, whether in small towns or big cities, to tell the stories that reflect their residents and build a sense of place, and to shine an informative light that allows citizens to make wise decisions. The Internet is worldwide, but every neighborhood's story is individual.
Local Independent Online News Publishers Inc. incorporated in August 2012. The Patterson Foundation provided support for the initial organizational effort. The Board of Directors, chosen in June, includes publishers from a diverse group of news sites across the country: urban neighborhoods, medium-sized cities, rural towns, and regional sites:
Independent Local Online News Publishers Association Formed
On September 30, 2011, during the Block by Block conference at Loyola University Chicago, 21 local independent online publishers from across the United States voted to form an association.
A steering committee was appointed to further organize the association.
Questions should be directed to Dylan Smith, chairman of the Board of Directors of LION Publishers, at firstname.lastname@example.org.