Member benefits

Why you should become a LION Publisher

Join the nation’s only association representing Local Independent Online News Publishers. Our members are building the future of local news one community at time. Join us: Fill out a membership application today.

LION Publishers are successfully creating the future of reporting: locally owned and operated news outlets that directly serve their communities.

Knowledge & networking

LION Publishers share their expertise in editorial, technical, business, advertising sales, marketing and fundraising with their peers. As a member, you’ll network with a pool of online news pioneers who are proving daily that local online news is the future of journalism.


As a member of LION Publishers, you and your organization will be associated with a group of the most recognized and respected local news sites in the nation. The association works as an advocate for local independent news sites, raising our public profile and standing in the industry.

Efficiency & effectiveness

LION Publishers is dedicated to improving our members’ businesses, in editorial quality and revenue generation. Members regularly share their strategies and best practices on running news operations that are growing, not shrinking.

Join now!

LION Publishers are eligible for a variety of member benefits; as a member, you can:

  • Learn best practices from fellow publishers across the country in a confidential forum and our private Facebook group, the LIONs Den.
  • Participate in monthly webinars about advertising sales, investigative reporting, data visualization, online video, content management, mobile platforms, etc.
  • Receive pro bono enterprise-level protection from DDoS attacks with CloudFlare’s Project Galileo — worth thousands monthly!
  • Attend regional meet-ups and our annual national conference
  • Search our directory of LION Publishers and a useful list of service providers
  • Proudly display the LION badge on your site

Other in-the-works LION benefits:

  • Discounts from approved vendors on web hosting, software, graphic design, and more.
  • Content sharing network & editorial collaborations
  • Legal document database
  • Startup mentoring from veteran publishers
  • LION ROAR (Revenue Opportunities and Rankings) – A comprehensive list of revenue opportunities and exclusive member-provided intelligence on earning potential

Local Independent Online News websites are building the future of local news. Join LION Publishers and be part of our growing movement: Fill out a membership application today.