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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Sign up for Summit office hours with experts

While we want to leave time for speaker questions in our sessions, we know sometimes those questions require more one-on-one conversations to dig into specific needs and challenges. That’s why we’re offering office hours at our Summit’s LION’s Lounge. So far, 14 speakers and trainers have generously offered 20-minute time slots on Friday and Saturday

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RJI sponsors the Business Idea of the Year Award

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) at the Missouri School of Journalism has a history of working with a broad swath of the media industry to help ensure journalism has a bright future. And RJI Fellows have been able to work on research and innovation projects while at their newsrooms or while in residence at

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Meet the first LION Publishers Awards finalists

We’re excited to announce the finalists for our first LION Publishers 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 over the past month. The winners will be announced at our LION Summit Awards

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The eats and drinks you’ll wanna check out in Nashville

Whether you’re looking for a quick bite between the LION Summit’s incredible lineup of sessions or a spot to decompress with friends after a long day of absorbing fellow local news publishers’ wisdom, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best food and drink spots within walking distance of Music City Center. Register here for

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Let Google fly you to Chicago for workshops about monetizing local news

UPDATE: Google has extended the deadline for registration through Friday, Oct. 11 — so if you’re interested, there’s still time to register. Google is inviting LION Publishers members to its first Google News Initiative local event in Chicago this December. The platform is offering to cover travel for up to two people per organization, for

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Fantastic lineup of speakers for the LION Summit!

If you’re planning on joining us in Nashville, you are in for a treat. (And if you haven’t registered yet, you can register below!) We’ve got great trainings on sponsored content best practices, solutions journalism, product management for newsroom leaders, covering the 2020 elections and census and boosting brand recognition in your market. Plus, we’ve got Kevin

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LION Awards deadline extended to August 12

We know LION Publishers have done some amazing work over the past year. We want to recognize the best publishers, the best investigative work, the best business ideas – even the best vendors – at our inaugural LION Publishers Awards. But we can’t do that without your applications for the awards. If you haven’t applied

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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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