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Session pitches are now open through July 12, and we will announce the full schedule in August. The information below will be updated as more details are confirmed. 

Session pitches

We are looking for session ideas and speakers to address these core themes in support of independent news businesses. We are interested in sessions that relate to:

  • Ideas, strategies and skills for raising revenue, including through advertising, memberships, sponsorships, philanthropy and more
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
  • Addressing staff and leadership burnout
  • Measuring the impact of your journalism
  • Hiring, onboarding and retaining staff
  • Management and leadership best practices for news leaders
  • Strengthening systems and workflows related to internal operations and financial management
  • Tools and technology for independent news businesses
  • Developing and improving news products
  • Audience research, audience development, audience engagement


Submit an idea for a session or speaker here.


Thursday, October 27 (half day): Afternoon sessions + welcome reception
Friday, October 28: Morning and afternoon sessions + LION Local Journalism Awards dinner and ceremony
Saturday, October 29: Morning and afternoon sessions + closing happy hour

Programming topics

The Summit will address news business sustainability holistically from the perspective of operational resilience, financial health and journalistic impact. Here's how we're thinking about each of these focus areas:

Operational resilience: Establishing processes, policies and a company culture designed to support staff and manage growth will help you prevent burnout among the very people whose talent and buy-in are critical to your success.

Financial health: Developing a plan for earning money, managing a budget and monitoring revenue and expenses will help you extend your financial runway by giving you the tools and data you need to acquire more funding or right-size your operations.

Journalistic impact: Producing meaningful and demonstrable impact in your community will help you retain the backing of investors, sponsors and readers whose support fueled your business’s growth.

Learn more about how we're defining sustainability for the Summit

The Independent News Sustainability Summit is hosted by LION Publishers, News Revenue Hub and RevLab at the Texas Tribune, and it's made possible by support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Lenfest Institute.