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Buy a limited edition LION t-shirt

LION’s first set of T-shirts debuted at the 2019 annual summit in Nashville, and they were a big hit! The remainder of our limited stock is on sale now, using the form below. All items will be shipped US Postal mail. For any questions of concerns, please contact Phayvanh Luekhamhan: or (802) 522-3973.


How to grow your news outlet with communities of color

By Kara Meyberg Guzman Newsrooms across the country are trying to figure out how to reach communities of color. The first step for those newsrooms is to figure out why, and be clear, says Manolia Charlotin, a panelist at the LION Summit 2019 session “Beyond Diversity: Grow Your Business with Communities of Color.” “Sometimes what


Can Blockchain Bring Trust Back to News Organizations?

By Gary Collins The average level of trust in the news is down 2 percentage points to 42 percent across all countries, according to the 2019 Reuters Institute’s Digital News Report. There are many projects trying to solve that problem, but one company is approaching it from a completely different perspective. The Civil Registry wants

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