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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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Innovating the Local News Ecosystem Conference, April 24-25

Thu, April 24, 2014 7:00 pm - Fri, April 25, 2014 6:00 pm

he Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University presents Innovating the Local News Ecosystem Conference. April 24-April 25.

EYEO Festival, June 10-13

June 10, 2014

The Eyeo Festival will bring together the most intriguing and exciting people in design, information and technology in Minneapolis June 10-13.

Allied Media Conference, June 19-22

June 19, 2014

The Allied Media Conference is a collaborative laboratory of media-based organizing strategies for transforming our world, held every summer in Detroit.

2014 IRE Conference in San Francisco

June 26, 2014

 The best in the business will gather at the IRE conference June 26-29, 2014 in San Francisco for more than 100 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations about covering business, public safety, government, health care, education, the military, the environment and other key beats. Speakers will share strategies for locating documents and gaining access to public records, finding the best stories and managing investigations. Join the discussion about how to practice investigative journalism in print, broadcast, Web and alternative newsroom models.

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