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 275+ 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.

OUR HISTORY

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.

From LION

Teaching

Resources

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

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

If you aren’t actively interested in operating or launching an independent news business, there are still ways to keep track of our work and stay involved in this space. We’ve rounded up those opportunities below.

  • Sign up for our free weekly email for news entrepreneurs, which includes original reporting on the independent news industry.
  • Request to join our News Entrepreneurs Slack community. While some channels are for only members, we also have channels for anyone interested in journalism entrepreneurship to…

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

If you aren’t actively interested in operating or launching an independent news business, there are still ways to keep track of our work and stay involved in this space. We’ve rounded up those opportunities below.

  • Sign up for our free weekly email for news entrepreneurs, which includes original reporting on the independent news industry.
  • Request to join our News Entrepreneurs Slack community. While some channels are for only members, we also have channels for anyone interested in journalism entrepreneurship to…

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 independent news entrepreneurs who want their business to be sustainable— and we’ve included a few other resources and opportunities offered by other organizations.

From LION

Teaching


Meet the folks who contribute to LION’s work, in alphabetical order.

LION Staff

Anika Anand, Deputy Director
anika@lionpublishers.com
Anika Anand oversees LION’s day to day operations, including programming, communications and membership. Since joining LION in 2019, she launched the Startups Boot Camp, Skills Series, Expert Network, LION Lessons, and has shepherded the Oasis database, GNI Startups Playbook, and the Tiny News Collective. Previously she was the cofounder of The Evergrey, and the storytelling and product director of WhereBy.Us, parent company of The Evergrey. She’s also worked in product and engagement roles for The Seattle Times Education Lab and Chalkbeat. …


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.

From LION

Teaching

Resources

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

Thanks for your interest in joining more than 275 other independent news publishers as LION members. Below we’ve answered some questions about the benefits of becoming a member and how you can join us.

If you already know you’re ready to apply to join us, visit this link to submit your application.

For any additional questions, check out the FAQs below or email membership@lionpublishers.com.

What types of membership does LION offer?

LION Aspiring Entrepreneur

Who: This membership tier is for news entrepreneurs who want to launch a publication or have begun work on a publication that is in beta and/or has not built a substantial audience. Some of the questions…


Title: LION News Revenue Coach

Status: Full-time

Location: Remote

Salary: $80,000

Benefits: Eligible for benefits.

Job description:

If you want to work directly with independent news publishers to recruit, train and coach new employees in revenue-generating roles, we want to hear from you.

LION Publishers has evolved into an association serving aspiring and existing news entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Canada, and has helped launch a suite of programs including a boot camp for aspiring news founders, three month-long courses focused on specific skills news entrepreneurs need to develop, a joint effort to seed and support news startups in underserved…


Title: Director of finance and operations

Status: Full-time

Location: Remote

Salary: Will be competitive and commensurate with experience

Benefits: Eligible for benefits

Job description:

LION Publishers, an association serving aspiring and existing independent news entrepreneurs, has doubled the size of its team in just a year and is now seeking a senior leader to help lead its financial and operational work.

Our director of finance and operations will design and build LION’s financial, administrative and operational functions to ensure effective and efficient systems and processes that support our people and programming, and promote our sustainability and growth.

The main job…

Anika Anand

Deputy director, LION Publishers

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