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The LION Local Journalism Awards are back – and we’re now accepting submissions in twelve categories that span the journalism and the business side of independent news. 

Examples of this year’s award categories include:

  • Revenue Campaign of the Year: Recognizes a LION member that developed a successful and creative strategy to grow or diversify their revenue, positively impacting their financial health.  
  • Product of the Year: ​​Recognizes a LION member that developed a successful and creative short-term or long-term product (ex: email newsletter, event, podcast, etc.) to strengthen their journalistic impact, financial health and/or operational resilience. 
  • Accountability Award: Recognizes general excellence in journalistic impact that led to the accountability of those in positions of power and a demonstrable positive outcome for the affected community.
Want to hear your name called at our in-person award ceremony at the Independent News Sustainability Summit this October? Make sure you’re an active LION member and submit your best work by July 10. 

We’re also looking for volunteer judges to help us choose the winners. Please fill out this form if you are interested. The time commitment is approximately three hours over a three-week period. 

Learn more about the 2022 LION Local Journalism Awards categories, tiers and eligibility requirements. 

– Ben DeJarnette, communications manager, and the LION team

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13 ways to build a stronger news business

There are more tools and services than ever to help digital news organizations publish content, grow an audience, earn revenue and manage finances, which is… great! 

But we’ve also heard from LION members that the growing number of options can be hard to keep up with, especially for small teams without a dedicated product lead.

That’s why we’ve created the LION Tools & Services Directory, featuring a running list of popular Content Management Systems, donation platforms, project management tools and other services designed for independent publishers. 

LION does not endorse any particular tools or services, but we hope this list will be a helpful starting place for news publishers trying to build or improve their tech stack. 

Now here are 13 other ways to build a stronger, more sustainable news business...

Improve your business operations

  • Choose a CMS built for small independent publishers. Patch Labs offers all the features you need to publish and monetize your work – and none of the things you don’t. Request a demo» (Sponsored)

Earn more revenue

  • Find grant opportunities as a for-profit small business. This free workshop will cover how small businesses can access grants and low-cost capital options, even now that most pandemic-related aid has expired. (May 31)

Increase your impact

Check out these grants, awards, fellowships, and conferences

  • Dive into the future of nonprofit news at the Institute for Nonprofit News’s virtual INN Days conference on June 13-15.

Become a LION member

Peer support. Business training and coaching. Eligibility for the LION Local Journalism Awards.

If you need another reason to become a LION member, check out our latest benefit – free revenue consulting sessions with veteran coaches Lizzy Hazeltine and David Yoder.

Got questions? You can learn more about LION membership on our website, or by emailing with questions about how LION can support you.

What we're reading

A new model for advertising. Why niche publishers should focus less on transactional ad sales and more on mission-aligned brand partnerships. (The Rebooting)

The mechanics of a profitable Substack. What newsletter writers can learn from the business success of The Charlotte Ledger. (Simon Owens’s Media Newsletter)

The education news boom. Why more news businesses are building coverage beats and seeking funding around local education. (Poynter)

The productivity trap. How to find the right balance between productivity and self-care — and how to know when you’ve lost it. (CCF)

A ‘numbing script.’ How local and national media are covering the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. (Columbia Journalism Review)

LIONs in the news

Help us spread the word: LION members are hiring! 

Borderless Magazine is hiring a temporary contract editor and a full-time managing editor, El Tímpano is hiring a social media strategist, Madison365 is hiring a Northeast Wisconsin reporter and The Texas Tribune is hiring a senior political enterprise reporter.

Congratulations to all the LION members who are growing their teams, and thanks in advance for your help share these opportunities far and wide.

And in other LION member news…

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