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By Christina Johnson Could your local news organization score a grant with a good idea? At the LION 2019 Summit, a panel of representatives from the Knight Foundation, Report for America, Google News Initiative, Lenfest Institute and Facebook told the audience yes. But your chances improve if your idea lifts all boats, rather than just


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By Shereen Siewert In a keynote discussion at the 2019 Local Independent Online News Publishers conference, Elizabeth Green, the co-founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of the education news network Chalkbeat, shared the organization’s journey into becoming one of the largest nonprofit news organizations in the U.S. and her thoughts on the future of journalism in America.


Announcing the 2019 LION Publishers Awards Winners

LION Publishers gathered from across the country in Nashville to celebrate the inaugural LION Publisher Awards. These awards recognize excellence in journalism, business and technology at local independent online news publishers around the country. An independent group of judges reviewed the award applicants in detail. LION named 45 publishers as finalists for its inaugural awards

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