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.

Current LION benefits (for Full Publisher Members):
  • Access to the LIONs Den, a private members-only Facebook group.
  • Access to a LION Slack Channel, a private members-only Slack channel we recently launched.
  • Discounted rate for 2020 Summit in Seattle
  • Eligibility to apply for annual LION awards (more details coming soon for 2020 awards)
  • Free membership to the Civil network
  • A weekly email section highlighting opportunities for LION members
  • Free services through Cloudflare’s Project Galileo that provide increased security and performance of your website (email anika@lionpublishers.com to learn more)
  • Access to LION Lessons, monthly Zoom calls featuring a LION member who will share strategies for solving a problem or challenge that other LION members are also facing. Watch our first session with Berkeleyside’s Lance Knobel here, and learn about upcoming ones in our weekly newsletter, Facebook group or Slack channel.
In 2020:
  • Access the LION Expert Network: LION will curate a members-only searchable database of consultants offering help across product, operations and revenue challenges that could ultimately result in a publication producing great journalism and achieving financial sustainability. More details coming soon.
  • Attend our pre-conference training day: We’re hosting next year’s Summit in Seattle, which will include a Thursday cohort-based training day that will be laser focused on helping aspiring entrepreneurs launch a local news startup and existing entrepreneurs work through revenue strategies for their business.
We’ve also heard your ideas for other member benefits we should explore: fiscal sponsorship; health insurance and libel insurance; discounts to industry tools; a mentorship program; a database of commonly used templates for documents like contract and media kits. We think these are all fantastic ideas and we are eager to make them a reality.
Current LION benefits (for Associate/Supporting Members):
  • Benefits for these tiers are in development, please stay tuned!

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.