LION Loses Director DeRienzo to Hearst, but ‘Indie’ Summit Doesn’t Miss a Beat

To find out what the Summit of Local Independent Online News Publishers accomplished, I went to longtime journalist Steve Beatty, who was editor and CEO of the award-winning, investigative website The Lens in New Orleans for eight years before joining LION as a consultant last January and who, with DeRienzo’s departure, has been named interim director.

Street Fight Daily: Google’s Mobile-First Indexing, Simpli.fi Launches Nationwide Solution

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Ready or Not, Google’s Mobile-First Indexing Is Here… Are Holiday Campaigns Launching Too Late in the Season?… Localized Programmatic Platform Simpli.fi Goes National…

Time to Take a Deep Breath — Local News Isn’t Becoming ‘Extinct’

The editors in charge of the slimmed-down newsrooms of local pure-plays know how to leverage technology, data and other information to produce coverage that, in some cases, is superior to what was produced in the so-called “golden” age of print.

Street Fight Daily: Facebook Gets Lift from Mobile, Businesses’ Dependence on Data Grows

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology… Mobile Ads Generated About 84% of Facebook’s 2016 Revenue… Data Becomes ‘Pillar’ of Advertising in 2017… 5 Things Brick-and-Mortars Need to Know About the On-Demand Economy…

The Challenge for ‘Indie’ News Sites: Monetizing Highly Engaged Audiences

When they met at their recent Chicago convention, independent community publishers and editors talked a lot about what might be called “reve-news.” On everybody’s mind at the Local Independent Online Newspaper (LION) Publishers’ annual meeting was how to monetize news. Even weddings and obituaries can contribute to local news publishers’ bottom line.

The Struggle to Save Local News Is Not Doomed

The current state of local news in the technology-driven information age continues to be a hotly debated topic in industry circles. There’s more consensus around the grim prospects for local print media, and more debate about the outlook for independent local news sites. Understanding where the future lies for local news requires a thorough parsing of both positions.

LION’s New Leader Spells Out His Action Plan for ‘Indies’

Matt DeRienzo brings strong editorial and publishing experience to his new job as interim executive director of the Local Independent Online News (LION) publishers’ association. In this interview, DeRienzo charts three-and-a-half-year-old LION’s direction under his leadership…

LION-Borrell Revenue Survey Unravels

A revenue benchmarking partnership between the Local Independent Online News publishers association and Borrell Associates is coming apart because too few of LION’s publishers want to share their information with the the local media research company…

LION President: ‘Indie’ Readership, Revenues ‘Reaching New Heights’

“There’s no ‘proven model’ other than the precept that local news works when it is just that,” said LION president Dylan Smith. “Every community is different; attempting to cover every town and city by ticking a few boxes in a top-down plan is foolhardy at best, and insulting to local readers at worst – as well as being a great way to lose millions of dollars.”

‘Indie’ Publishers Are Ready to Start Roaring

The Local Independent Online News Publishers association is still in the cub stage, but it’s getting ready to roar. There’s a 11-member board of directors, a sense of mission that’s powered by what looks like a strong start in networking, and not least funding from the Patterson Foundation that will encourage LION’s growth by subsidizing membership dues…

Street Fight Daily: Dex One Merges With SuperMedia, Groupon’s Tech Origins

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal content, commerce, and technology.LivingSocial Nabs High-Fashion Clothing Line (Inc.)… Groupon is Not a Tech Company. Why Was It Valued Like One? (GigaOm)… Local News Sites Form New Trade Association (CJR)…