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2018 LION Summit: Steps to success in local indie news

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Columbia College Chicago, Film Row

1104 S Wabash Ave.

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Chicago, IL 60605

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The annual LION Summit will return to Chicago, Oct. 11-13, at the downtown campus of Columbia College Chicago.

Local Independent Online News Publishers has more than 220 members in 45 states and Washington, D.C., representing both for-profit and nonprofit business models — all independently owned and operated and devoted to local journalism.

The 2018 LION Summit will feature an opening day boot camp for idea-stage local news entrepreneurs and fledgling local independent online news publishers, and then 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 200 publishers and editors, academics, foundation representatives, industry experts and vendors attended our Chicago conference. In 2018, you won't want to miss the vigorous exchange of ideas; we're expecting nearly 300 to take part.

For more info and the latest updates, go to LIONpublishers.com/conference/

Schedule

In addition to an array of speakers, workshops and panel discussions, we promise plenty of good food and drink — a light lunch on Thursday, reception with a light dinner and drinks Thursday evening, continental breakfast and lunch buffet 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. Check the online schedlue for details and updates.

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.

Accommodations

Check the conference website for the latest updates on hotel rooms.

LION Publishers has arranged a block of rooms for Oct. 11-13 at the Best Western Grant Park Hotel in Chicago, just a block from the site of the summit, at a special discounted rate of $199 for single and double rooms. Register online here or call the hotel at (312) 922-2900 and mention "LION" to reserve a room. The deadline for obtaining that rate is Sept. 11, but the block of rooms could be filled up by then, so act soon. The group rate will be honored up to three days before and after the conference, for those who wish to spend some extra time in Chicago.

Another block of rooms is available at the Congress Plaza Hotel, four blocks up Michigan Avenue from the Best Western. Rooms there are $179 per night (possibly cheaper via your favorite online booking outlet), but Saturday night is sold out. Reseve online or call 312-427-3800 x 5025 or 800-635-1666.

Also, you can check out other nearby hotels listed on the map above. If you're looking for a fancier hotel than the Best Western, the Loop is filled with them. The Hilton's a couple blocks away, and there are even snazzier ones. Columbia College also maintains a list of recommended hotels, and for those on a very tight budget, there's a hostel within walking distance that can be as low as $40 per night (that's cheaper than a cab ride from the airport). Need a roommate? Use our list to help find someone to split hotel costs.

Columbia College also maintains a list of recommended hotels, and for those on a very tight budget, there is hostel near the conference site.

If you're looking for a roommate for the weekend, check the Roommate Roster.

Sponsors

The 2018 LION Summit is brought to you by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Democracy Fund, Facebook, Ezoic, Map.com, Broadstreet Ads, Web Publisher Pro, EmpowerLocal, Site Impact, TownNews, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Clean Machine, Nieman Foundation, McCormick Foundation, Center for Cooperative Media, Poynter Institute, and hosted by Columbia College Chicago.

Questions about becoming a sponsor of the LION Summit can be directed to executive director Matt DeRienzo at mattderienzo@lionpublishers.com.

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