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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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As a member of LION Publishers, you and your organization will be associated with a group of the most recognized and respected local news experts in the nation. The association works as an advocate for local independent news organizations, raising our members’ public profile and standing in the industry.

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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!

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LION members can now join blockchain platform Civil for free

LION Publishers is partnering with Civil, the blockchain platform and network for journalism, to offer our members the opportunity to join Civil for free. This offer is exclusively for LION members, so if you’re curious or on the fence, here’s where you can learn more about how to become a LION member. Below is the


Sign up for Summit office hours with experts

While we want to leave time for speaker questions in our sessions, we know sometimes those questions require more one-on-one conversations to dig into specific needs and challenges. That’s why we’re offering office hours at our Summit’s LION’s Lounge. So far, 14 speakers and trainers have generously offered 20-minute time slots on Friday and Saturday

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