Code of Conduct for LION events

By Dylan Smith | Aug. 26, 2018

The Board of LION Publishers adopted a Code of Conduct for our group's events in 2016, recognizing the important values of respect and courtesy that have long been the foundation of our members' interactions: LION Publishers is committed to maintaining a safe, respectful, productive, inclusive, welcoming and harassment-free experience for everyone.

Our experience has shown that this commitment to courtesy and consideration is proudly shared by the entire community of Local Independent Online News Publishers. We laid out this Code of Conduct not because we expect bad behavior within our group but because we believe expressing a clear policy is an important recognition of our existing respectful community space. Just as journalism codes of ethics confirm our profession's common acknowledgment of important values, so too does this shared code of behavior.

We ask you to be mindful of how you interact with others. All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at LION Publishers events, as well as participants in other public or private member activities, are required to abide by our Code of Conduct

Need help? Contact any member of the LION Publishers staff or Board of Directors in person at our event, or by email at At in-person events, we will make available phone contacts, as well.

LION Publishers is committed to providing a safe, respectful, productive, inclusive, welcoming and harassment-free environment for all participants in our conferences, virtual or in-person meetings and other activities, regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, physical appearance, body size, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, immigration status, age, or religion (or lack thereof).

Diversity in our membership and in the organizations run by our members is one of LION's major strengths, but it can also lead to communication issues. These guidelines are not an exhaustive list of things that you 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.

See the complete Code of Conduct of Local Independent Online News Publishers for details »

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