Apply for a Travel Stipend to attend the LION Summit!

Thanks to the generous support of the Democracy Fund, LION Publishers will be offering travel stipends from $250 to $500 to help our publisher members or prospective members attend the upcoming LION Summit in Nashville on October 24-25, 2019. These stipends will help cover the cost of air fare, hotel and/or gasoline costs for travel

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These veterans of WhereBy.Us and VTDigger are joining LION Publishers full-time

I am so excited to introduce the next two faces of LION Publishers — our incoming Director of Revenue and Operations, Phayvanh Luekhamhan, and our incoming Director of Programming, Anika Anand. Phayvanh joins us after a 5-year stint at VTDigger, a LION Publishers member, where she oversaw vital financial and administrative duties at VTDigger, supported

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The Knight Foundation is hosting a how-to-apply-for-Google-money webinar

Attention LION Publishers!  The below announcement comes from our friends at the Knight Foundation, with details on a webinar they’re hosting on Thursday. Time is ticking to apply for the Google News Initiative’s North America Challenge; more details on the webinar, and the Challenge, below… — Chris Krewson, executive director LION Publishers Greetings from Knight

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Google will redesign the ads on five LION sites for free; here’s how to apply

Introducing the Google Ad Accelerator Program, exclusively for LION Publishers. Yes, that’s right: We are partnering with Google to launch an advertising accelerator program, just for our members. Google will be working with five LION member sites, which will receive hands-on development and consulting services. These publishers will work closely in a ‘lab’ format with

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Preliminary schedule released for LION Summit

Planning to join us in Nashville? Well, if you are on the fence, the new preliminary schedule should help you make up your mind – you won’t want to miss our great lineup of keynotes, panels, workshops and more. And don’t forget our first annual LION Awards Show & Dinner! Thanks to our fantastic LION

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LION Summit news: Roxann Stafford, Mandy Jenkins added as speakers

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Nashville this fall at the LION Summit. We have more speakers to announce, as well as some fantastic sponsors! SPEAKERS Elizabeth Green, Chalkbeat, American Journalism Project Roxann Stafford, Lenfest Institute for Journalism Mandy Jenkins, The Compass Experiment Michele McLellan, Michele’s List GOLD SPONSORS Google Facebook SILVER SPONSORS JSK Fellowships

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How to get the first LION Publishers T-shirts of 2019

I’m very pleased to present the first T-shirt order of 2019. These high-quality Hanes tagless t-shirts are available (for now!) in sizes L and XL to those who buy a ticket for the 2019 LION Summit, while supplies last. Because, look: We have been hard at work building out a conference program — Elizabeth Green

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Introducing the first-ever LION Publishers Local Journalism Awards

Which site will win LION Publisher of the Year? Join us in Nashville to find out, when we unveil our judges’ choice for this capstone category of LION Publishers’ very first awards program, now accepting nominations from LION members. We’ll be handing out awards on October 25th in Nashville, during the second night of our

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LION welcomes Chris Krewson as executive director

Local Independent Online News Publishers, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting local journalism entrepreneurs, on Wednesday named Chris Krewson its executive director. Krewson most recently was vice president of strategy for Spirited Media, which until March was the parent company of three independent news sites: Billy Penn, The Incline and Denverite. He was the

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Speakers wanted: Get up on your soap box!

While we’re already fleshing out a lineup of amazing speakers on revenue, tech and editorial topics for the 2019 LION Summit, we’re still eager to hear more great ideas. We’re looking for LION members who want to take part in a panel or breakout session, as well as other news industry experts who want to help rebuild local

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LION receives $1 million commitment from Knight Foundation to bolster local news

News release Contact: Kelly Gilfillan, kellygilfillan@lionpublishers.com Miami — March 31 — The Local Independent Online News Publishers organization has been awarded a three-year, $1 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the philanthropy announced today. The grant will allow LION to expand its staff with experts to train its nearly 250 members

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LION broadens membership criteria and outreach to grow community of local independent publishers

The 13-member LION Board of Directors expands the group’s outreach, programs, and infrastructure after a weekend retreat in Dallas. The strategic-planning session came at a time when concerned citizens nationwide are worried about the state of local news. LION believes the future is bright, and the organization is devoted to leading the way in creating and nurturing local independent online newsrooms.

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Legacy Black Media Companies Still Battling Myths

While researching leading publishers of color for a recent report, Democracy Fund senior fellow Tracie Powell became intrigued by independent newspaper publishers who had successfully launched vibrant local online editions.

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Jay Allred: 'You can totally do this, man'

A fire was lit under Richland Source president Jay Allred. It’s the sort of fire that ignites when a mission is identified. In this case, he was on a mission to fund two new Solutions Journalism projects vetted by his newsroom.

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