Member benefits

Why you should become a LION Publisher

Apply today to become a member of the nation's only association representing Local Independent Online News Publishers.

LION Publishers 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. 

Join now!

LION Publishers are eligible for a variety of member benefits; as a member, you can:

Other in-the-works LION benefits:

  • Discounts from approved vendors on web hosting, software, graphic design, and more.
  • Content sharing network & editorial collaborations
  • Legal document database
  • Startup mentoring from veteran publishers
  • LION ROAR (Revenue Opportunities and Rankings) – A comprehensive list of revenue opportunities and exclusive member-provided intelligence on earning potential

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.