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Become a member of the nation's only association dedicated to Local Independent Online News Publishers, who are successfully creating the future of local news with locally owned and operated news organizations that directly serve their communities.

Knowledge & Networking

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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Efficiency & Effectiveness

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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Cassie Balfour joins LION as our Membership Programming Manager

As LION continues to grow, we need a strong, dedicated advocate for our LION members and their continued success in running independent news business. Cassie Balfour will be that advocate. Cassie is joining us from the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) where she implemented and administered programs supporting journalists from around the globe and has


LION members will meet new standards to renew their membership by Jan. 30

Dear LION Publishers members, Over the summer, we let you know about some upcoming changes to LION memberships. We’re excited about these changes, which we believe will not only help you but also bolster the independent journalism ecosystem. In January, we’re asking all of our current members to “re-apply” with the membership form that we’ve been using

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