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The Latest From Lion

Meet the 2020 LION Awards Finalists

We’re excited to announce the finalists for the 2020 LION Awards, which celebrates the best of independent online media across the U.S. and Canada, from solopreneurs to large newsrooms.  This is the second year for the awards, which invited nearly 30 judges from across the industry to evaluate 169 entries from LION members — more


Lisa Heyamoto, Ben DeJarnette join LION and more staffing updates

LION is growing! We are pleased to announce our senior program manager for the GNI Startups Lab, a community manager for our entrepreneurial journalism community and some role changes for our existing staff. Please help us welcome…  LISA HEYAMOTO, GNI STARTUPS LAB SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER Lisa Heyamoto will be overseeing our new GNI Startups Lab


Board Chair update: New board members, bylaw changes, and more

Dear LION Members, Greetings from the Board of Directors! We have so much exciting news we would like to share with our members. Please read to the end because there are some important thank yous at the end. Before I get started though with all the “board business,” I want to give a huge shout

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