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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 »

Nancy Yoshihara is content manager at KDMC and website with a focus on News for Digital Innovators and Tools, Tips & Trends.  She assists in the development of webinars, workshops, conferences and other presentations for journalists, community news groups and nonprofits. Prior to joining KDMC, she was an editorial writer, features editor and reporter at the Los Angeles Times.

Imella Sanchez 

Beverly Young 

Events
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Code/Media 2016 meets in California

February 17, 2016 - February 18, 2016

Code/Media will bring together the most influential minds in media and technology for two days of intimate gatherings and game-changing discussions in Laguna, Niguel, CA. Produced by senior editor Peter Kafka, in conjunction with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, this exclusive conference will get you up close and personal with media heavyweights and the tech innovators who want to get into the ring with them.

IRE Computer Assisted Reporting, March 10-13

March 10, 2016 - March 13, 2016

Join IRE and NICAR in Denver for the annual conference devoted to data journalism at the Denver Marriott City Center. 

SXSW Interactive Festival, March 11-15

March 11, 2016 - March 14, 2016

The 23rd annual SXSW Interactive Festival returns to Austin from Friday, March 11 through Tuesday, March 15.

Sunshine Week, March 13-19

March 13, 2016 - March 18, 2016

Join us in the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. Open government is good government.

The Collaboration Culture Symposium

March 21, 2016 - March 22, 2016

A new “collaboration culture” is emerging and collaboration is becoming the go-to strategy to make things work in the media industries. Join The Collaboration Culture Symposium at the Donald W.

ONA-Poynter present Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media

Mon, May 2, 2016 8:00 am

The interactive, five-day program for 28 U.S.-based participants will focus on critical leadership skills specific to digital media for the industry’s next generation of women leaders. The tuituion-free program will be held at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida.


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Amber is here to help you fight link rot and preserve content

By Nancy Yoshihara
1/30/2016 | 10:00 pm GMT

The new free software tool is designed to help bloggers and website owners prevent broken links by taking a snapshot...

Slowly but surely crowdfunded journalism attracts a public-spirited following

By Nancy Yoshihara
1/24/2016 | 10:00 pm GMT

While crowdfunding for  journalism projects is dwarfed by the big bucks attracted by film, music, theater, technology and other categories,...