Metro Wire accepted into LION Publishers group

By Patrick Lynn

Just over two years into its publishing operations, the Point/Plover Metro Wire has been accepted into the Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers group.

The trade organization is dedicated to the support, promotion, and professional development of its publisher members committed to strong local independent journalism.

“We’re glad the Point/Plover Metro Wire has joined our association as we continue to grow this critical sector of the local news ecosystem,” said Chris Krewson, executive director of LION Publishers. “LION Publishers now includes more than 270 members working across the United States and Canada, informing their communities in the midst of the biggest story of our lifetimes.”

LION was formed in 2011 by a group of 21 local independent online publishers during a Block by Block conference at Loyola University Chicago. The mission of LION Publishers is to foster the viability and excellence of locally focused independent online news organizations and cultivate their connections to their communities through education and action.

It’s the first association membership the Metro Wire has sought, according to founder and publisher Brandi Makuski.

“The local news industry has suffered unique challenges in recent years, challenges which LION Publishers understands,” Makuski said. “It offers the unique network of support and expertise we wanted to become part of. We look forward to a long relationship with LION, and our continued growth as we continue to replace the county’s ghost newspapers.”

The Metro Wire was launched in late 2017 and has grown to a monthly readership of more than 40,000.