• 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.
  • 8 more community sites climb to Michele’s List revenue pinnacle in 2016

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    8 more community sites climb to Michele’s List revenue pinnacle in 2016
    June 10, 2016

    Michele’s List has added eight independent community websites to its prestigious $1 million-plus top revenue category, which had previously been monopolized by a single site — 30A along the West Florida coast.
  • Online news startups explore revenue sources beyond advertising

    Online news startups explore revenue sources beyond advertising
    October 6, 2015

    Revenue was very much on the agenda when more than 100 local news entrepreneurs gathered at the LION Summit in Chicago Oct. 1-3. There were encouraging, if fledgling, signs that some sites are looking beyond banner display advertising.
  • News startup survey: Revenue growth, capacity challenges

    News startup survey: Revenue growth, capacity challenges
    July 14, 2015

    In the chaotic world of online news startups, I think it makes sense to take a long view. Whenever someone asks whether a big breakthrough is coming, I scratch my head. That's because progress at this time is so incremental, a marathon with no finish line
  • Leadership and culture are linchpins of digital transformation in the newsroom

    Leadership and culture are linchpins of digital transformation in the newsroom
    May 6, 2015

    Little has proven more challenging for newspaper newsrooms than their transformation to digital news and information providers. It takes much more than learning new skills, although those are important.
  • 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.
  • 2012: What we know now on the value of volunteers, intentional conversation and collaboration

    Journalism Accelerator 2012
    2012: What we know now on the value of volunteers, intentional conversation and collaboration
    February 1, 2013

    As the final of our four-part series exploring “Was 2012 the year of prosperity for publishers?” — in this post we explore the value of volunteers, intentional curated conversation and connected collaboration for non-profit media.
  • 2012: What we know now on local advertising, meeting the needs of communities

    Journalism Accelerator 2012
    2012: What we know now on local advertising, meeting the needs of communities
    February 1, 2013

    As part of the larger story, the top lessons from a range of perspectives learned over 2012 is a four-part series the JA is running over the month of January. This is the second part of the series and features three thought leaders.
  • 2012 is history: What do we know now?

    Journalism Accelerator 2012
    2012 is history: What do we know now?
    January 10, 2013

    In early 2012, just about a year ago, we invited a half-dozen people with a range of unique roles in the news production mix, to identify the most crucial challenges facing publishers at that moment in time.