We’re thrilled to welcome Lisa Hunter as LION Publishers’ director of finance and operations, a role in which she’ll take the lead on making sure LION continues to grow responsibly while serving its members and the broader independent news industry.

Lisa, a Connecticut native and long-time Bay Area resident, joins LION after serving as Finance Director at Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. She is also the founding Board Treasurer of Marked by COVID.

Lisa loves to travel and learn new languages, which motivated her to move to Rome, Italy, for her graduate studies in Government and Politics. Once back stateside, Lisa spent…

Title: Director of Membership and Research, LION Publishers
Status: Full-time
Location: Remote
Salary: $90,000
Benefits: Eligible for benefits
How to apply: Submit your application using this form by June 27.

Job description:
We’re looking for a senior leader who deeply understands the needs of current and aspiring independent news organizations, wants to ensure those needs are being addressed by LION’s membership offerings, and can communicate those needs to external stakeholders through research and data that ultimately helps inform our strategy for strengthening the independent news industry.

Over the past two years, LION Publishers has grown into a $3 million journalism…

The independent news industry needs a better infrastructure to train and support staff in revenue-generating roles. That’s why today we are opening applications for our News Revenue Fellowship, which, thanks to support from the Facebook Journalism Project, commits $1 million over two years to selected LION member organizations that are ready to design or bolster their revenue strategy.

>>Fill out this application form by June 18. <<

We are particularly interested in supporting independent newsrooms with small teams serving communities with few to no other alternative news and information sources, as well as those serving historically underrepresented or marginalized communities.

Designing revenue products, building strong relationships with sponsors, advertisers and donors to support mission-oriented work and making payroll every month are just a few of the challenges many LION founders face.

And they’re just a few of the skills that our newest hire, Penda Howell, has spent the last 25 years of his career mastering.

Penda will be sharing his insights and expertise with LION member organizations through our newest initiative, the LION News Revenue Fellowship, which commits $1,000,000 over two years to selected LION member organizations that are ready to design or bolster their revenue strategy. …

We’re hiring a Director of Membership. Deadline: August 15.

If you have experience or skills related to running independent news businesses and are open to consulting or contract work, tell us about yourself and we’ll be in touch if we see an opportunity to work together.

At LION, we are building a membership association for aspiring and existing independent news entrepreneurs, which means we are dedicated to designing for a future that centers our members’ needs.

To that end, we’re excited to announce Chloe Kizer as our new product manager. She’ll be responsible for strengthening LION’s offerings by managing relevant membership and industry data, the systems and technology we and our members use, and internal processes to help LION’s team execute on their work.

Over the past year, we’ve worked with Chloe on Project Oasis, where she led the development of the database and research report…

This post was last updated June 23, 2021.

The LION Publishers staff is committed to providing our members, our board of directors, and the public with transparent disclosures on the companies and businesses we’ve worked, or currently work with, in the course of our careers. Each LION staff member must sign a conflict of interest statement to prevent the institutional or personal interests of LION Publishers staff from interfering with the performance of their duties to LION Publishers, and to ensure that there is no personal, professional or political gain at the expense of LION Publishers.

This policy is not…

LION Publishers is an association for independent news entrepreneurs. We offer two membership levels: Member Organization (for existing news entrepreneurs) and Aspiring Entrepreneur. Learn more about our membership benefits, pricing and how to apply.

LION staff use the following criteria to determine whether an application is approved as a Member Organization:

Local Content

The publication is devoted primarily to original, local news in the U.S. or Canada.

  • Your publication must be based in the U.S. or Canada. We’re happy to accept members of non-English speaking publications. Given our current staffing, you should have at least one staff member who can speak English…

Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers provides teaching, resources, and community to independent news entrepreneurs as they build and develop sustainable businesses.

LION is supported by our 300+ member organizations across the United States and Canada, as well as by our partners Democracy Fund, the Facebook Journalism Project, the Google News Initiative, and the Knight Foundation.


In 2010, a group of independent news publishers met at the first-ever Block by Block Community News Summit. The conference, sparked by research into local independent news sites led by Michele McLellan, was focused on publishers from across the U.S. answering questions like, “How…

At LION Publishers, we provide teaching, resources, and community to independent news entrepreneurs as they build and develop sustainable businesses.

Below is a roundup of those for aspiring news entrepreneurs — and we’ve included a few other resources and opportunities offered by other organizations.




  • Check out our Startups Playbook, published in partnership with the Google News Initiative, to learn how to design…

Anika Anand

Deputy director, LION Publishers

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store