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LION Publishers Summit


From our friends at Local Independent Online News Publishers:

A new vibe for local online news: Find your rhythm at the LION Publishers Summit in Music City – Nashville—Oct. 24-26, 2019

Put Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 24-26 on your calendar, as the Local Independent Online News Publishers announces a new venue for its annual conference – this year in Music City – Nashville, Tenn. Registration is live.

“This is the first time that our annual summit has been outside of Chicago – the city where we were founded,” said Kelly Gilfillan, publisher at F W Publishing and chair of the LION Board of Directors. “We are excited to move this year’s meeting to Nashville’s Music City Center, where attendees can experience a dynamic conference program and also enjoy the best Nashville has to offer – from amazing live music on every corner, to fabulous food and drink, to close by art and music museums.”

With more than 100 new restaurants and bars added in 2017 alone, plus myriad attractions that include the Nashville Studio Tour and the Frist Art Museum—it’s no wonder that Nashville was named “The Hottest Travel Destination of 2018.”

Best of all, conference organizers are planning dozens of informative sessions aimed at providing both veteran and novice online news publishers with ideas they use for creating and sustaining revenue. More information on specific programming will be released in the coming weeks, but the annual summit will feature three days packed with speakers, panel discussions and networking opportunities devoted to revenue ideas and best practices, community engagement and sustainability.

LION Publishers has nearly 250 members in 47 states and Washington, D.C., representing both for-profit and nonprofit business models — all independently owned and operated and devoted to local journalism.

Lodging has already been secured for those who want to start making their travel plans. LION Publishers has arranged for blocks of rooms for Oct. 24-26 at two locations: the Cambria Nashville Downtown, just a block from Music City Center, at a special discounted rate of $249 for single and double rooms. Guests can either call the reservations number at 800-424-6423 and request the rate for Lion Publishers, mention “LION Group” or CLICK HERE to book your room today.

The deadline for obtaining that rate is September 27, 2019, but the block of rooms will be filled up by then, so act soon. The group rate will be honored up to 3 days before and after the conference, for those who wish to spend some extra time in Nashville. If you wish to book additional dates outside of the three day LION Summit window, please do so directly by calling Rick Rodriguez, Cambria Group Sales Manager, at (615) 515-5807.

Nearby accommodations are also available at the Comfort Inn, 1501 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37203, six blocks from the conference venue at a group rate of $199 per room. Please ask for the LION Publishers group at (615) 356-0888.

There is another group block at the Quality Inn Nashville Downtown Stadium, 303 Interstate Dr, Nashville, TN 37213, with a rate of $149 per room. You can book rooms online or by calling (615) 244-6690 and asking for the LION Publishers group rate.