LION is accepting applications for investigative reporting grants

Last week’s news that The Denver Post would cut one-third of its already shrunken newsroom was a stark reminder of the plight of legacy newspapers and local accountability journalism.

Local independent online news organizations are emerging all over the country to fill the gaps, but two big questions loom: Can they implement a sustainable business model? And can small local news operations do the same kind of investigative and accountability journalism — work critical to democracy — that newspapers are abandoning?

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LION will offer investigative local news reporting grants

LION Publishers will offer mini-grants to members to support local investigative reporting projects with the support of the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation. LION will receive a $25,000 grant from the foundation to assist members with building capacity for accountability journalism, it was announced Friday.

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Reader Revenue Summit planned for April 6 in New Jersey

As news organizations across the U.S. continue to experiment with altered business models and new streams of revenue, it’s become clear that building reader revenue needs to be part of nearly everyone’s strategy.

To help news publishers think through different ways they could approach building a business with their audience, the Center for Cooperative Media and LION Publishers are teaming up to host a workshop on reader revenue, set for Friday, April 6, at Montclair State University.

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Local news publishers talk to readers about big Facebook News Feed change

Local independent online news publishers are reaching out to readers in the wake of Facebook’s decision to “remove news from its News Feed,” warning them that they might no longer see breaking news and accountability journalism on crucial matters in their community. Many are using it as an impetus to sign readers up for direct notification of local stories via email newsletter.

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Podcast: Hiring, managing and paying advertising sales reps

This LION Publishers webinar from September 2017 focused on hiring, managing and paying advertising sales reps. The featured speakers are veteran local independent online news publishers Kelly Gilfillan of Homepage Media Group in the Nashville, Tennessee area, Scott Brodbeck of Local News Now in the Washington, D.C., area, and Jay Allred of Richland Source in Mansfield, Ohio.

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Grant aids Berkeleyside’s bid to turn readers into investors

The Lenfest Institute, a Philadelphia-based foundation set up as part of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s switch to being owned by a nonprofit, has announced $1 million in grant funding to support local journalism innovation and sustainability efforts. The grants, funded in part by the Knight Foundation, include support for a LION member’s efforts to get have readers become investors in California local independent online news site Berkeleyside.

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