LION adds 19 new local publisher members from 15 states

LION has welcomed 19 new members, all publishers and/or owners of local independent online news sites, from 15 different states over the past four months, and has added more than 40 new members over the past year. It has more than 160 members running local news organizations in 39 states.

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Podcast: Doug Hardy of CTNewsJunkie

A frank discussion with CTNewsJunkie.com co-owner Doug Hardy about state capital coverage, political advertising, finding new sources of revenue and the challenge of growth and sustainability.

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Podcast: Brian Wheeler of Charlottesville Tomorrow

Charlottesville Tomorrow is one of the most well-known non-profit indie local news websites in the United States, oft cited in the journalism trade press and elsewhere for its deep civic coverage, its unique newspaper partnership and its fundraising successes. Based in Charlottesville, Va., Thomas Jefferson’s hometown, the publication has its sights on expansion. We talked with Executive Director Brian Wheeler about Charlottesville Tomorrow’s past, present and future.

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Podcast: Liena Zagare and Ben Smith of BKLYNER

Liena Zagare is the publisher of BKLYNER, which covers Brooklyn, NY. She and husband Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed, penned an article for the Columbia Journalism Review which argues for changing laws requiring that legal notices be published only in print. We asked Zagare and Smith about that and the impact it might have on LION sites, and also discussed BKLYNER and the future of local news.

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Podcast: Field Walsh of TXK Today

Host Scott Brodbeck (ARLnow.com, RestonNow.com) interviews Field Walsh of TXK Today in Texas, whose route to local news was non-traditional and who has found success in an advertising model and video.

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Death by 1,000 paper cuts

Layoff season is year-round now at the country’s big corporate newspaper chains. Let’s supports journalists who are starting their own businesses to replace what’s been cut.

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LION Webinar 13: Preserving Digital Archives

Are your story archives protected from a major server crash or other technology problem? And what happens to news archives crucial to the history of a community if a local online news site closes down?

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