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The 2022 LION Local Journalism Awards are going to be celebrated in person again for the first time since 2019 – but that’s not the only thing that’s a little different this year.

To better honor the innovative work our members are doing on the business side of their organizations, we’ve added or adjusted several categories to more closely align with our holistic view of news business sustainability.

The Awards will feature 12 categories (including at least five that come with a cash prize) with the potential to select multiple winners per category. Here are some examples of this year’s categories (view the full list here):

  • LION Business of the Year (cash prize): Recognizes general excellence in working to achieve sustainability for their news business through operational resilience, financial health and journalistic impact.
  • 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.
  • Public Service Award: Recognizes general excellence in journalistic impact that successfully connects people with the information and services they need to navigate their lives and help make their communities more inclusive and equitable.

LION members, the deadline to submit entries for the Local Journalism Awards is less than a month away – on Sunday, July 10.

Not a LION member? You can still get involved by:

Got questions? As always, you can reply to this email or send us a note at, and someone on our team will get back to you with an answer. 

– Stephanie Snyder, membership director, and the LION team

P.S. The full LION newsletter is taking a summer vacation, but you can check out past editions and sign up here to get industry news and insights delivered to your inbox weekly starting on June 30.   
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