• Let technology plot the path forward

    Let technology plot the path forward
    January 30, 2019

    Like many others who grew up during the glory days of newspapers, Ebony Reed never envisioned the the kind of innovations that technology has brought to journalism, like AR/VR, drones and artificial intelligence bots writing stories.
  • Discovering a new news ecosystem

    Discovering a new news ecosystem
    October 31, 2018

    When Michele McLellan dug deep into how local, online journalists were making a living, the result was a three-year series of annual conferences that spawned a national nonprofit organization.
  • A LION Is born

    Our cornerstone: A salute to RJI fellows
    A LION Is born
    October 31, 2018

    Dylan Smith was skeptical when, in 2010, he received an invitation to the first Block by Block conference. Leaving his one-person newsroom for a weekend for a conference aimed at local, independent, online news operators seemed like a waste of time.
  • Not an oxymoron: Journalists as sales superstars

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    Not an oxymoron: Journalists as sales superstars
    October 27, 2017

    Ebony Reed of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism gave a rapid-fire presentation Friday at the LION Summit about “why, rather than being intimidated, journalists should feel uniquely suited to sell advertising.”
  • More trust + more collaboration = more revenue

    More trust + more collaboration = more revenue
    October 24, 2017

    Revenue generation can be a complex landscape for digital publishers, especially those in small operations.
  • Mediatwits 179: Hyper-local news succeeds without the scale

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    Mediatwits 179: Hyper-local news succeeds without the scale
    November 13, 2015

    Since time immemorial (or at least the mid-’90s), tech and media companies believed that if you rolled up hundreds of tiny hyper-local news sites it would make a boffo business. So many tried and failed.
  • The Worcester Sun wants to bootstrap paywalled hyperlocal digital into a Sunday print product

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    The Worcester Sun wants to bootstrap paywalled hyperlocal digital into a Sunday print product
    September 30, 2015

    Mark Henderson is certainly not the first person to launch a hyperlocal website in the shadow of the daily newspaper that used to employ him.
  • LION association answering sustainability, survivability questions

    LION association answering sustainability, survivability questions
    October 7, 2013

    Continue to ask if you like but the 115-member and growing Local Independent Online News (LION) association seems to be answering the sustainability, or survivability question, quite well.