The first LION Publishers Awards finalists were announced yesterday. Charlottesville Tomorrow’s feature, “The Reimagining of Friendship Court” by Jordy Yager was named a finalist for the Best Solutions Journalism Project of the Year, presented by Solutions Journalism Network.

Publisher Awards recognize excellence in journalism at local independent online news outlets around the country

“We’re excited to announce the finalists for our first LION Publishers Awards,” wrote LION Publishers.  “An independent group of judges reviewed the award applicants in detail over the past month.”

Award judges included: Amara Aguilar, USC Annenberg; Christine Schmidt, Nieman Lab; Courtney Cowgill, University of Montana; Craig Silverman, BuzzFeed; Dana Coester, West Virginia University; Dawn Garcia, JSK Fellowships; Doug Mitchell, Next Generation Radio; Eve Pearlman, Spaceship Media; Jane Elizabeth, Charlotte News & Observer; Jessica Pucci, Arizona State University; Jim Rutenberg, New York Times; Julia B. Chan, Mother Jones; Ken Doctor, Newsonomics; Kristen Hare, Poynter; Laura Owen, Nieman Lab; Reuben Stern, University of Missouri.

Winners will be announced at the LION Summit Awards Show in Nashville on Friday, October 25, 2019.