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A nascent trade organization for hyperlocal news sites has added dozens of online publishers to its ranks in an initial membership drive, its chair said on Monday.

Local Independent Online News notched about 60 members in a monthlong drive that began in November, said Dylan Smith, LION’s chair and publisher/founder of the nonprofit Tucson Sentinel website in Arizona. The group also added two new members to its board, which now totals 11 directors.

“It was really quite heartening that so many people showed a confidence in what we’re trying to do,” Smith said. “The majority of publishers paid dues up front for the next three years.”

Those publishers range from sites across the country including New York’s Riverhead Local, Virginia’s Charlottesville Tomorrow, Minneapolis/St. Paul’s Twin Cities Daily Planet, The Ann Arbor Chronicle and San Antonio’s Plaza de Armas.

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