LION member spotlight:

A Q&A with LION member Olwen Logan, publisher of in Connecticut...... Read more»

LION member spotlight: Mission Local

A Q&A with Lydia Chávez, publisher of Mission Local in California...... Read more»

LION Webinar 5: Crowdfunding Local Journalism

Three LION Members Share Successes and Failures in Crowdfunding..... Read more»

13 indie publishers join LION as sites launch across U.S.

More than a dozen new members have joined the ranks of Local Independent Online News Publishers over the past month — each a journalism entrepreneur who has launched his or her own independent local news site...... Read more»

LION member spotlight: Latina Lista

A Q&A with LION member Marisa Treviño, publisher of Latina Lista...... Read more»

With local news, David has advantage over Goliath, indie online publishers are told

The founders of two celebrated Philadelphia journalism startups urged independent local news publishers Saturday to embrace the advantages in focus and flexibility they have over big legacy media competitors...... Read more»

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LION Webinar 5: Crowdfunding Local Journalism

Crowdfunding has become an increasingly important source of financial support for independent local journalism, and can also strengthen a news site's connection to and engagement with readers and the community. 

Three LION members  --  Brian Wheeler of Charlottesville Tomorrow, Dylan Smith of the Tucson Sentinel, and Traven Rice of The Lo-Down in New York City's Lower East Side  --  spoke July 8 about their successes and failures with crowdfunding special projects, new technology, and even an additional reporter.

The webinar was the fifth in LION's monthly series.

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RiverheadLOCAL and SoutholdLOCAL win Best Website award

East End Local Media Corp., publisher of the independent digital news startups and, is pleased to announce it was honored this  month with a “Best Website” award in the Press Club of Long Island’s 2015 Media Awards.   

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Survey: 2015 Independents' Meeting

Let us know about your experience at the 2015 Independents' Meeting in Philadelphia, where local indie publishers, industry experts and academics sat down to discuss how to commit great local journalism — and how to pay for it.

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13 indie publishers join LION as sites launch across U.S.

More than a dozen new members have joined the ranks of Local Independent Online News Publishers over the past month — each a journalism entrepreneur who has launched his or her own independent local news site.

The newest LION members include Andrew Birden of Fiddlehead Focus in northern Maine; Bill Cleary of Gloucester City News in New Jersey; Matt Conti of North End Waterfront in Boston; Tamara Duncan of 70 West Sentinel and Mike Martin of the Columbia Heartbeat in Missouri; Shawn Hogendorf of the Stillwater Current and Mike Schoemer of North Wright County Today in Minnesota; Gary Kopychinski of eNews Park Forest in Illinois; Denise Lockwood of the Racine County Eye in Wisconsin; Joshua Long of Xenia’s Word on the Street in Ohio; Sharon Swanepoel of Monroe Local News in Georgia; Barb Warden of in Colorado; and Josh Popichak of Saucon Source in Pennsylvania.

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LION member The Lens sues New Orleans over public records

According to The Lens, led by a member of LION's Board of Directors, Editor Steve Beatty, getting access to public records in New Orleans isn't easy. So the indie news site filed suit this week, "asking that a judge declare that the city has habitually violated public records law because it commonly takes weeks or months to produce documents that are supposed to be available immediately."

State law allows government agencies three days to provide access to public records if they’re in use. In the examples cited in The Lens’ lawsuit, the city took up to four months. The lawsuit also cites five unfulfilled requests dating back to January.

Beatty said the nonprofit news outlet has dealt with this for years. “The Lens is taking this to court because we’re tired of the city simply not complying with the public-records law,” he said.

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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.


Knowledge & networking

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.

Efficiency & effectiveness

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.

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Our mission

Foster the viability and excellence of locally focused independent online news organizations and cultivate their connections to their communities through education and action.

Our values

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.

Our strategic goals

  • To identify and implement successful strategies for maintaining and expanding member sustainability, readership and community impact
  • To pool knowledge and resources, promote collaboration, and leverage economic opportunities as a group
  • To lead technological and operational innovation to advance efficiency and quality in our industry
  • To uphold high professional standards, identify best practices and support members through education, and recognize excellence in local online reporting
  • To advance the case for strong local independent online journalism and represent membership interests in the public sphere
  • To found and develop a stable, financially sustainable organization that serves member organizations, their staffs, local communities and the broader industry