LION Local Journalism Awards

Awards graphic 2023 (3)

The LION Local Journalism Awards recognize excellence by local independent online news businesses in award categories focused on LION's pillars of sustainability — journalistic impact, financial health, and operational resilience.

2023 LION Local Journalism Awards

More than 175 news leaders and journalism supporters attended the fifth annual LION Local Journalism Awards Ceremony on October 3 in Durham, North Carolina. 

There, we celebrated our 99 finalist entries from 74 LION member organizations, announced the 37 winning entries, and awarded $55,800 in cash prizes to 36 unique LION member organizations thanks to generous support from our sponsors. Each winning entry received at least $1,300, and winners of our marquee award, LION Business of the Year, collected $3,000.

We received a record-breaking 300 entries this year and featured 10 award categories, plus the Community Member of the Year Award. Learn more about the 2023 award categories and application process here.

We'll host our sixth annual LION Awards Ceremony in conjunction with our next independent news conference on September 5-7, 2024, in Chicago. Applications to the LION Awards will re-open in early 2024.