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Michele McLellan

Michele McLellan

Senior Programming Consultant

Michele McLellan is a writer, editor and consultant who works on projects that help strengthen the emerging local news ecosystem, whether it is online news start ups working to become sustainable or traditional news organizations that are trying to shape their new role in the digital world. In addition to being the senior programming consultant for Knight Digital Media Center, Michele has served as a Knight Community Information Challenge Circuit Rider who advises community foundations that are supporting news and information projects in their areas. She founded the Block by Block Community News Summit for independent online community publishers and she created and publishes Michele's List, a database of promising local news start ups, in collaboration with the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalsm.

Previously, she directed a $2.5 million Knight Foundation project that demonstrated the link between strategic newsroom training, newsroom culture and a news organization's ability to adapt and innovate. She is an author of two books and numerous studies on leadership and the emerging news landscape. She was a  Nieman Fellow at Harvard Unviersity in 2001-002 and a Reynolds Journalism Institute fellow at the Missouri School of Journalism in 2009-10. 

Michele McLellan's Blogs and Trainings

“Digital leads” newsrooms push print to the back of the line

In a '‘digital leads’’ newsroom, journalists first create content and engage on digital platforms – phones, web, tablets. Then, the Read More

Owning the local news franchise

Knight Digital Media Center at USC Annenberg introduced the concept of franchise topics to the newsrooms in 13 local markets Read More

Pew research: Deep analysis of three local news ecologies

A new report from Pew Research Center does a deep dive into the news ecologies of three places – Denver, Read More

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Free online class: "Math for Journalists Made Easy" you decide the schedule

Mon, June 1, 2015 12:00 am - Sun, June 28, 2015 12:00 am

If you have any qualms doing the math for your stories, this class is for you.  Math for Journalists Made Easy: Understanding and Using Numbers and Statistics is a four-week Massive Open Online Course with instructors Brant Houston, Jennifer LaFleur and Gregory Ferenstein.

IRE 2015 Annual Conference, June 4-7

June 4, 2015

The Investigative Reporters & Editors annual conference in Philadelphia attracts the best in the business and offers more than 150 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations about covering business, public safety, government, health care, education, the military, the environment and other key beats.

2015 Ippies Journalism Awards Ceremony

Thu, June 11, 2015 12:00 am

The Ippies is a journalism awards ceremony to honor reporting in English and languages other than English by the ethnic and community press.

Allied Media 2015 Annual Conference, June 18-21

June 18, 2015

Save the date for the 17th annual Allied Media Conference, June 18-21, 2015 in Detroit.

New Civics Practitioners Conference

Wed, June 24, 2015 12:00 am - Thu, June 25, 2015 12:00 am

New Civics Practitioners Conference to Help Educators Support the Next Generation of Civically Active Youth

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