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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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The future is bright for local, independent online news and LION Publishers is leading the way forward. Join our growing ranks and gain instant support from peers who can help you launch, manage or grow your online news site. Apply today!

The Latest From Lion

LION Awards deadline extended to August 12

We know LION Publishers have done some amazing work over the past year. We want to recognize the best publishers, the best investigative work, the best business ideas – even the best vendors – at our inaugural LION Publishers Awards. But we can’t do that without your applications for the awards. If you haven’t applied


Apply for a Travel Stipend to attend the LION Summit!

Thanks to the generous support of the Democracy Fund, LION Publishers will be offering travel stipends from $250 to $500 to help our publisher members or prospective members attend the upcoming LION Summit in Nashville on October 24-25, 2019. These stipends will help cover the cost of air fare, hotel and/or gasoline costs for travel

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