Our sponsors believe in the power of independent news, and we thank them for helping us support news leaders’ continued learning and connection-building across our industry.


Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.

GOLD Sponsor

Carole and Jerome Oppenheim Foundation

The Carol Oppenheim and Jerome S Lamet Charitable Fund is a charitable organization in Chicago, Illinois.

Bronze Sponsors

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri empowers journalists with knowledge, tools, and funding to strengthen journalism through practical innovation.

The Google News Initiative works with publishers and journalists to fight misinformation, share resources, and build a diverse and innovative news ecosystem.

Indiegraf is a technology and growth services company that provides an all-in-one package for news publishers who need a website, email, and ad platform, as well as access to expert support under one umbrella.

Community Sponsor

BlueLena enables success for over 200 independent news organizations by deploying world-class technology and delivering the expertise and professional services to build long-term sustainable journalism business models.


Support local news leaders

Our sponsorship options have limited inventory and start at $10,000. Contact sponsorships@lionpublishers.com to discuss which sponsorship level is right for you.