Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Democracy Fund

Local Independent Online News Publishers

Local Independent Online News Publishers (LION), a project of Poynter Institute for Media Studies, aims to foster the viability and excellence of local news organizations and cultivate the connection to their communities through education and action.

Why We Invested

Local Independent Online News Publishers (LION) is dedicated to championing the local online news industry with the firm belief that independent publishers are establishing the template for successful local digital news organizations.

LION is proving to be a critical organization supporting innovators and leaders who are trying to remake local news. This grant will help diverse local journalists learn how to build stronger, more nimble organizations that are ready for whatever the future of news may hold. To do this, LION is building a pilot program to help educate independent publishers on sustainability and support a healthy local news ecosystem.The project will leverage the success of existing LION member sites, draw on their expertise to mentor other publishers, and document best practices in the process.

How To Get Involved

1. On Twitter follow @LionPubs.

2. Sign up for LION newsletters to follow their latest updates here.

3. Like them on Facebook here.

Total Commitment

2017: Up to $250,000 over 18 months. 2018: $25,000 over six months.