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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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We’re postponing the 2020 LION Summit to help our members now

Dear LION Publishers members, We’re postponing the 2020 LION Summit for at least a year, and canceling a June meetup we had planned in Austin. This is, to some degree, an acknowledgement of the obvious: There’s no feasible way to host these events, months before a vaccine would be available for the virus that has


LION Members: Apply to get strategic coaching from local news consultants

Our LION members have created news organizations that aim to publish great local journalism and achieve financial sustainability. But many of our members have very small teams, small budgets and are not resourced nearly as well as their larger local news counterparts. And our members have told us that if they are interested in receiving

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