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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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Investigative reporting on a shoestring budget

Investigative reporting can seem daunting for small newsrooms, especially when it comes to budget. Denise Malan of Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) shared some insights with LION Summit attendees on how investigative reporting can be done on a “shoestring.”

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Workshop: Attorneys Provide Overview of Copyright and Digital Media

Two attorneys well-versed in media law provided a 90-minute tutorial Thursday afternoon about how to cut through some of the weeds that have grown up around copyright and digital media.

Jeffrey Hermes, Media Law Resource Center, and Samuel Fifer, Dentons US LLP, leavened legal complexities with humor.

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Streamline your technology so you can focus on news gathering, experts advise

If we could optimize content management systems and revenue structures, we could make more time for journalism and the content our audiences want. That was the conclusion of three speakers — David Walsh of Web Publisher Pro, Jim Brady of Spirited Media and Merrill Brown of The News Project — who offered their outlooks and advice on how to invest in CMS and general tech options.

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The deadline cometh: Catch the procrastinator's special on LION Summit tickets!

Sunday night was supposed to be the last chance to sign up for the 2018 LION Summit at super-affordable regular rates. But because those of us on the LION Board of Directors are journalists just like you, and because we understand that even though reporters are are motivated by deadlines, sometimes they blow right past them, we’re extending regular registration through Monday night.

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The deadline cometh: Catch the procrastinator's special on LION Summit tickets!

Sunday night was supposed to be the last chance to sign up for the 2018 LION Summit at super-affordable regular rates. But because those of us on the LION Board of Directors are journalists just like you, and because we understand that even though reporters are are motivated by deadlines, sometimes they blow right past them, we’re extending regular registration through Monday night.

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