2017 LION Summit blog

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Our conference home: The historic Ludington Building

The site of the 2017 LION Summit is the historic Ludington Building, the earliest steel-frame structure still standing in Chicago. The 1891 building was designed by architect William LeBaron Jenney, acknowledged as the "Father of the Skyscraper" due to his developing the fire-proofed metal skeleton-frame system of construction. The eight-story building was one of the first skycrapers entirely clad in terra-cotta. Read more »

Art Institute: Go high-brow

If you can squeeze it into your schedule, one of the best art museums in the world is just blocks away from the conference site. The Art Institute of Chicago houses works from Van Gogh to Renoir, John Singer Sargent, Diego Rivera, Georgia O'Keeffe, Grant Wood and Edward Hopper. Read more »

2017 LION Summit will feature boot camp for new local online news publishers

Here's a first look at the lineup for LION's annual summit Oct. 26-28 in Chicago, which will feature an expanded program tackling revenue, technology, audience development, legal concerns and journalism challenges for local independent online news publishers. New this year will be a special "boot camp" for new publishers and idea-stage local news entrepreneurs. Read more »

Speakers wanted: Get up on your soap box!

While we're already fleshing out a lineup of amazing speakers on revenue, tech and editorial topics for the 2017 LION Summit, we're still eager to hear more great ideas. We're looking for LION members who want to take part in a panel or breakout session, as well as other news industry experts who want to help rebuild local news. Read more »

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