Submissions open for the 2020 LION Local Journalism Awards

Who will get top marks for their coronavirus coverage? Which outlets led by example through collaboration?  Who will be named Publisher of the Year?    It could be you.    LION Publishers is now accepting submissions from LION members for the 2020 Local Journalism Awards. We’ll hand out awards to recognize our colleagues across the

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We’re postponing the 2020 LION Summit to help our members now

Dear LION Publishers members, We’re postponing the 2020 LION Summit for at least a year, and canceling a June meetup we had planned in Austin. This is, to some degree, an acknowledgement of the obvious: There’s no feasible way to host these events, months before a vaccine would be available for the virus that has

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LION Members: Apply to get strategic coaching from local news consultants

Our LION members have created news organizations that aim to publish great local journalism and achieve financial sustainability. But many of our members have very small teams, small budgets and are not resourced nearly as well as their larger local news counterparts. And our members have told us that if they are interested in receiving

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A note to LION Publishers members covering (and reeling from) coronavirus

This is an email we sent to our members on Tuesday, March 17. We’re sharing here to be transparent with our funders and external stakeholders. Dear LION members, The work you’re doing covering issues critical to the health and economies of your communities is inspiring. We at LION Publishers couldn’t be prouder of you, and

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LION Publishers Board introduces new vice chair, secretary, treasurer

A new year means new incoming leadership for the board of LION Publishers, the national nonprofit serving local news entrepreneurs. Joining Board Chair Kelly Gilfillan will be Jay Allred, President, of Richland Source, voted in as vice chair at the Dec. 19 board meeting. “Jay and his team at Richland Source are a great example

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How to grow your news outlet with communities of color

By Kara Meyberg Guzman Newsrooms across the country are trying to figure out how to reach communities of color. The first step for those newsrooms is to figure out why, and be clear, says Manolia Charlotin, a panelist at the LION Summit 2019 session “Beyond Diversity: Grow Your Business with Communities of Color.” “Sometimes what

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Can Blockchain Bring Trust Back to News Organizations?

By Gary Collins The average level of trust in the news is down 2 percentage points to 42 percent across all countries, according to the 2019 Reuters Institute’s Digital News Report. There are many projects trying to solve that problem, but one company is approaching it from a completely different perspective. The Civil Registry wants

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Lenfest’s Roxann Stafford emphasizes relationships, innovation, experimentation

By Suzanne Behnke Roxann Stafford came to the 2019 LIONS Summit with a keynote address that got right to the point: Focus on communities not getting much attention, experiment and don’t limit yourself to one revenue stream. Stafford’s experience comes from working as the managing director of the Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund, a $20-million

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Journalism grant funders share insights on getting grants

By Christina Johnson Could your local news organization score a grant with a good idea? At the LION 2019 Summit, a panel of representatives from the Knight Foundation, Report for America, Google News Initiative, Lenfest Institute and Facebook told the audience yes. But your chances improve if your idea lifts all boats, rather than just

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Chalkbeat CEO Elizabeth Green says copy our model— it works

By Shereen Siewert In a keynote discussion at the 2019 Local Independent Online News Publishers conference, Elizabeth Green, the co-founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of the education news network Chalkbeat, shared the organization’s journey into becoming one of the largest nonprofit news organizations in the U.S. and her thoughts on the future of journalism in America.

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Announcing the 2019 LION Publishers Awards Winners

LION Publishers gathered from across the country in Nashville to celebrate the inaugural LION Publisher Awards. These awards recognize excellence in journalism, business and technology at local independent online news publishers around the country. An independent group of judges reviewed the award applicants in detail. LION named 45 publishers as finalists for its inaugural awards

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LaterPay CRO: Make it easy for people to access and pay for content

The following is a sponsored post from LaterPay. More online publishers are considering diversifying their revenues, moving away from a reliance on advertising and boosting reader revenues. When it comes to reader revenues, there are a lot of solutions, from paywalls, subscriptions, memberships and more. LaterPay offers a unique flexible paywall that works across publications

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LION members can now join blockchain platform Civil for free

LION Publishers is partnering with Civil, the blockchain platform and network for journalism, to offer our members the opportunity to join Civil for free. This offer is exclusively for LION members, so if you’re curious or on the fence, here’s where you can learn more about how to become a LION member. Below is the

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