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Team


Vikki Porter
 is director of the Knight Digital Media Center and supervises Professional Development Programs for New Media journalists at USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism in Los Angeles. Read More »

Michele McLellan is senior programming consultant and leadership expert. She is also founder of the Block by Block community news network, the creator of Michele's List of promising community news start ups, and a Circuit Rider for the Knight Community Information Challenge. She also contributes to KDMC's Community News Leadership 3.0 blog. Read More »

Amy Gahran is KDMC's mobile expert. a journalist, editor, trainer, entrepreneur, strategist, and media consultant. In addition to writing articles and doing educational programming for KDMC@USC, she covers mobile technology for CNN.com and Entrepreneur.com, and was a cofounder of the hyperlocal news site OaklandLocal.com. Read More »

Susan Mernit is a founder of Oakland Local, a news and community hub for Oakland, Calif. and and a Circuit Rider for the Knight Community Information Challenge. She leads KDMC sessions on community outreach, social media strategy and metrics at KDMC. Read More »

Lisa Williams is CEO and founder of Placeblogger.com, the world's largest searchable index of local weblogs and a Circuit Rider for the Knight Community Information Challenge. She teaches KDMC trainees how to build effective teams and partnerships and how to work with web developers and use social media effectively. Read More »

Sophie Lafferty is program coordinator. Prior to joining the Western Knight Center at USC in 2004, she was at the Los Angeles Times for 15 years in marketing and communications. Read More »

Jessica Brown  is KDMC's e-learning producer. She also serves as marketing content manager for Citrix, managing its content creation program and editorial board. Read More »

Erin Leiker is KDMC's Web master. Erin is a student at USC Annenberg pursuing a Masters Degree in Specialized Journalism (the Arts), she has experience in IT support, graphic design, and web design/coding. Read More »

Nancy Yoshihara assists in KDMC's outreach and develops workshops, conferences and other presentations.  Prior to joining KDMC, she was a business reporter, editorial writer, and features editor at the Los Angeles Times. 

Events
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ASNE-APME 2014: Fast Forward

September 15, 2014 - September 17, 2014

The first joint conference of the American Society of News Editors and Associated Press Media Editors.

Collab/Space Chicago, September 24

September 24, 2014 - September 24, 2014

An all-day, hands-on workshop focused on media innovation and spotlighting cutting-edge media startups –  in the Chicago area and beyond. 

Online News Association 2014 Conference

September 25, 2014 - September 27, 2014

A rare opportunity to network face-to-face, and share best practices with peers from all over the map at the ONA annual conference in Chicago.

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