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Racine County Eye has been named a finalist for three national awards by LION Publishers, a professional organization made-up of local independent news professionals, for its work on employment.

The news website is among 45 publishers being recognized for their work in 15 categories. Racine County Eye is a finalist in investigative journalism, best new business idea, and publisher of the year (small news website).

Denise Lockwood, CEO at Racine County Eye, is honored to be nominated.

“We remain deeply committed to the communities we serve,” she said. “Writing about employment has been deeply satisfying as we help empower a community that has long struggled with barriers to employment. And it’s a fabulous feeling when your peers recognize this work.”

Racine County Eye focuses on helping the community understand the labor market by featuring job tips, listing job opportunities and offering a podcast called Help Wanted.

“This is why we focus on solutions-based journalism,” Lockwood said. “The work this community is doing needs to be featured along with the struggles people and businesses are currently having — whether it’s finding work or workers.”

Meet the first LION Publishers Awards finalists

Here are the finalists for the first LION Publishers Awards:

LION Publisher of the Year



Racine County Eye

Tucson Sentinel

Racine County Eye: Eye on Employment
“We partnered with Zip Recruiter to start a jobs board but embedded the job listings into our content, our targeted email newsletter around employment, and our employment podcast. What is really unique is the content, however, no one else is deep-diving into these topics like we are doing.”

Racine County Eye’s Eye on Employment “The community, which is about 77,000 people, was named the third worst place for black people to live in the United States. So we started working on reporting about the problem, the education, suspensions, mass incarceration, and even infant mortality. But we honed in on barriers to employment in an ongoing story series with the goal of helping people navigate the labor market.”

Winners will be announced at the LION Summit in Nashville on Oct. 25.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.