Code of Conduct

LION Publishers is committed to creating and maintaining spaces that are welcoming, respectful, and meaningful. To that end, we ask that all participants and LION members follow LION’s Code of Conduct in online spaces, meetings hosted by LION Publishers, at in-person LION events, and during any other LION-related activities.

The following guidelines and rules are not an exhaustive list of things that you can and can’t do. Rather, take this code in the spirit in which it’s intended — an outline of ways to make it easier to enrich us all and the LION Publishers community, which we have built together.


Maintain the off-the-record nature of any LION Publishers forum that is so designated, so we can continue to share information and experiences in an environment of unquestioned mutual trust.


The LION community is full of smart, generous people who go the extra mile to help answer questions and share expertise. We hope you’ll tap into that collective knowledge, and we also hope you’ll contribute to it so that we can continue to build on the spirit of reciprocity that makes the LION community so strong.


We want to leave space for lively conversations, and even disagreements, but we expect those conversations to always remain respectful and civil. As moderators, we will not tolerate personal attacks, offensive language, or harassment of any kind or directed at anyone and we reserve the right to warn and/or remove anyone who doesn’t meet these standards. This includes personal attacks or discrimination related to appearance, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, or ability. Not sure if something crosses the line? Please check with a moderator before posting it, or err on the side of caution and step away.


If you’d like to promote jobs, fellowships, internships, or grant opportunities, that’s awesome. If you find yourself wanting to sell, promote or pitch something else, please fight that impulse. These are community spaces for people to learn from each other, not a marketplace for selling products, services, or story pitches.

If any participant in a LION-hosted activity or in a LION forum engages in unacceptable behavior, the organization’s leadership may take any lawful action we deem appropriate, at our discretion, including but not limited to warning the offender or asking the offender to leave the event or activity without a refund, or removing them from membership in LION.

If you feel that someone has harassed you or otherwise treated you inappropriately, please alert any member of the LION Publishers team in person, or via email at [email protected].

Have a question, comment, or concern? Reach out to LION's membership team at [email protected].

These community guidelines are inspired by and adapted from guidelines created by the Journalists of Color, OpenNews, and Gather communities, which we love and admire.