Become a LION community ambassador to help connect and support independent news publishers

Community ambassadors will facilitate connections and community-building with fellow LION members.

February 14, 2024 by Samantha Matsumoto

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If you are passionate about connecting with other independent news leaders and want to help them learn from one another, we want to hear from you! 

LION Publishers is seeking five community ambassadors from LION member organizations to lead facilitated peer groups that give members the opportunity to share experiences, talk about challenges and resources, build a sense of belonging in the LION community, and support one another as they work to make their news businesses more sustainable. 

Community ambassadors will propose a peer group of members with a shared experience that would benefit from community building and peer learning. 

Examples of peer groups could include: Black Journalists, Spanish-language News Leaders, Solopreneurs, Early Career Independent Journalists, Northern California Publications, etc. 

Community ambassadors will work with LION to recruit members for their group and facilitate monthly touchpoints between May and October. Ambassadors will be paid a $3,000 stipend for this project. 

Between April and October, community ambassadors will:

  • Work with LION to recruit members to join their peer group 
  • In collaboration with LION, design a plan to help group members engage, connect, and work on strategies to move their organizations toward sustainability
  • Facilitate regular connection opportunities for their identified peer group, including a monthly check-in for members 
  • Create a welcoming space within LION for group members 
  • Lead conversations about shared challenges, potential solutions, and available resources for group members 
  • Participate in regular ambassador cohort meetings to share successes, challenges, lessons, and tips with fellow peer group leaders
  • Be flexible, growth-minded, and iterative in adapting to their group’s needs

How to apply:

Complete this application by 11 p.m. PT on Sunday, March 17, 2024. 

If you have any questions about applying or working as a LION community ambassador, please contact LION Community Engagement Manager Samantha Matsumoto at [email protected]

An information session for those who want to learn more about being a community ambassador will be held on Wednesday, February 28, at noon PT. You can RSVP here.

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