Journalists can work quickly and independently without sacrificing accuracy, a panel of leading breaking news editors and journalism educators said at a forum at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York Feb. 26.
Ned Berke, a LION Publishers board member and founder of Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bites, and Mary Bakija, an editor with LION member Corner Media, offered tips on how small local news sites can emphasize accuracy without the luxury of copy editors and fact checkers.
Among the takeaways:
- Publishers and top editors must show they value accuracy, not just traffic.
- Journalists should own their mistakes and be very good at making corrections and drawing attention to them.
- News sites fail most often when they try to present something as the “whole story,” complete with sexy headline, when they really only have part of it.
- There are specific tactics for verifying and presenting rumors and emerging breaking news tips that reporters and editors should learn.
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Email newsletters can be among the top three or four sources of referral traffic for local online news sites. They can also be a good way to engage with readers and establish and/or hone one’s editorial “voice.”
They were the topic of the weekly Web Journalists chat, or #wjchat, on Twitter on Feb. 18, and some good advice was offered for those considering launching an email newsletter or looking to improve one.
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Follow a stream of the best local news reporting in the nation, thanks to the hard work of the members of LION Publishers. Read more »
LION Publishers is pleased to announce that industry leader Matt DeRienzo has been hired as the group's interim Executive Director.
DeRienzo will assist the volunteer-led nonprofit group's work to connect the members of Local Independent Online News Publishers, and to foster the growth of professional, sustainable indie news sites across the country.
"We're excited to have Matt come aboard. His broad experience and abilities in both journalism and nonprofit leadership will help LION Publishers evolve as we reach the next level," said Dylan Smith, the Chairman of LION's Board of Directors.
"Independent online news outlets that are owned and operated by people who live in and care about the communities they cover are among the brightest lights in local journalism today," DeRienzo said. "I'm excited to be able to help them exchange ideas and resources and spread the word about this emerging force in news."
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Members-only report: For small, local, independent news publishers, teaming up with a larger news organization can be a big boost — but making it a true partnership that works for both parties can be a challenge. Here's how some LIONs are handling the situation. Read more »
Announcing an exciting new member benefit: free enterprise-level protection against DDoS attacks.
LION Publishers is pleased to join with CloudFlare to become a referring partner in Project Galileo, a program that offers public-interest websites pro bono protection from distributed denial of service attacks.
If you're a LION member in good standing and have a free CloudFlare account, you're eligible for this program, part of a package that normally costs $5,000 or more monthly. You can indicate your interest by filling out the quick form — members who apply through LION will automatically be covered by the program.
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As a journalism entrepreneur, knowing when to hire a salesperson instead of continuing to handle sales and editorial yourself is a juggling act, and there’s no single correct answer. Some experienced LION publishers say you should start looking to hire a sales person as soon as you see demand rising for your product. Read more »
An outline of first steps for fledgling publishers, written by LION's Beth Lawton, was published by NetNewsCheck: "Ensuring your own success as a journalism entrepreneur comes from careful and deliberate planning and sustainable organization and systems as much as it comes from passion." Read more »
LION Publishers is proud to announce the hiring of an experienced media professional, Beth Lawton, as the organization's Executive Director. Lawton will tackle the nonprofit group's efforts to better connect the members of Local Independent Online News Publishers, and to foster the growth of indie news sites across the country. Read more »
A complete set of videos of the 2013 LION Summit is now available. Read more »
LION Publishers has teamed with Borrell Associates to benchmark members' online revenues. Borrell, a noted industry research and consulting firm, will survey members on their revenues in various categories to gather data for a private, members-only report on the state of the LION segment of the industry. Read more »
Local Independent Online News Publishers is partnering with email magazine Brooklyn Based to offer NYC metro-area members reduced-price access to the NYC Indie Media Camp, a one-day workshop for budding and veteran online publishers to be held Nov. 13. Read more »
Two new members have been elected to the LION Publishers Board of Directors, AustinTalks.org publisher Suzanne McBride and BrentwoodHomePage.com managing partner Kelly Gilfillan. Read more »
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Patch editors who are being laid off: if you've got the drive to be an entrepreneur, we've got a network of independent publishers who are ready and willing to help you establish a news outlet that is focused on your community. Read more »