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2017 LION Summit: Keeping it real: Local news results

LION Publishers

Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 2:00 PM - Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM (CDT)

2017 LION Summit: Keeping it real: Local news results

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
LION Member Early Bird Registration Aug 1, 2017 $95.00 $0.00
Non-Member Early Bird Registration Aug 1, 2017 $245.00 $0.00
Student Early Bird Registration Aug 1, 2017 $35.00 $0.00

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The annual LION Summit will return to Chicago, Oct. 26-28, at the downtown campus of Columbia College Chicago.

Local Independent Online News Publishers has more than 150 members in 37 states and Washington, D.C., representing both for-profit and nonprofit business models — all independently owned and operated and devoted to local journalism.

The 2017 LION Summit will feature two full days packed with an array of speakers, panel discussions and networking opportunities devoted to revenue ideas and best practices, community engagement and sustainability. Plus, we'll open with an afternoon networking and informational session, and hold nightly receptions where we can all share what we've learned. Last year, more than 125 publishers and editors, academics, foundation representatives, industry experts and vendors attended our Chicago conference. In 2017, you won't want to miss the vigorous exchange of ideas.


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In addition to an array of speakers, workshops and panel discussions, we promise plenty of good food and drink — a reception with a light dinner and drinks Thursday evening, continental breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday, as well as a reception with light food and drinks on Friday night. We'll also organize a few ventures out on the town for those who aren't familiar with Chicago.

The organization’s gathering in Chicago will be an opportunity for people who are in the business of local journalism or care about its future to discuss common issues and problems, share success stories and encourage the founding of new local news sites. Each event will feature an informative slate of speakers, workshops and panels on topics relating to local publishing, covering real-world strategies for revenue, hands-on technology demonstrations, effective reporting tips, and experts speaking on business and legal issues.

Previous LION gatherings have been an excellent source of information and networking for journalists who have recently launched their own local news sites or are considering it. With a wide diversity of membership, and some publishers who have been in operation for over a decade, LION brings together the best business and reporting minds in local online news.


LION Publishers has arranged a block of rooms for Oct. 26-28, at the Best Western Grant Park Hotel in Chicago, just across the street from the site of the summit. You must reserve directly with the hotel by phone at 1-800-472-6875 or 312-922-2900 and mention you are attending the "LION Publishers" summit in order to receive the group rate of $179 for a single-sized room or $189 for a double-sized room. Other nearby hotels are indicated on our conference map page.

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Columbia College Chicago, Film Row
1104 S Wabash Ave.
8th Floor
Chicago, IL 60605

Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 2:00 PM - Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM (CDT)

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LION Publishers

Local Independent Online News Publishers is the only nationwide group representing the publishers and editors of local independent online news websites, who are successfully creating the future of reporting: locally owned and operated news outlets that directly serve their communities.

LION Publishers are online news leaders who are innovating in business, technology, communication and storytelling while honoring the rich heritage of local journalism.

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