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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: Apply to get strategic coaching from local news consultants

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A note to LION Publishers members covering (and reeling from) coronavirus

This is an email we sent to our members on Tuesday, March 17. We’re sharing here to be transparent with our funders and external stakeholders. Dear LION members, The work you’re doing covering issues critical to the health and economies of your communities is inspiring. We at LION Publishers couldn’t be prouder of you, and

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