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LION Publishers share their expertise in editorial, technology, business, advertising sales, marketing and fundraising with their peers. Network with a supportive group of online news pioneers who are proving daily that local online news can not only survive, but thrive.

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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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Let Google fly you to Chicago for workshops about monetizing local news

Google is inviting LION Publishers members to its first Google News Initiative local event in Chicago this December. The platform is offering to cover travel for up to two people per organization, for those that need the help. It’s a mini-conference at Google’s local headquarters, and the topics include both monetization and editorial solutions in


Fantastic lineup of speakers for the LION Summit!

If you’re planning on joining us in Nashville, you are in for a treat. (And if you haven’t registered yet, you can register below!) We’ve got great trainings on sponsored content best practices, solutions journalism, product management for newsroom leaders, covering the 2020 elections and census and boosting brand recognition in your market. Plus, we’ve got Kevin

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