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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 is 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 publishes Michele's List of promising local news start ups.

In 2011, she authored, “Emerging Economics of Community News,” for the Pew State of the News Media annual report, and co-authored “Getting Local: How Nonprofit News Ventures Seek Sustainability,” a detailed look at the path to sustainability of nonprofit news sites developed by the Knight Foundation.

Previously, she directed Tomorrow’s Workforce, 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. A Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2001-02, she has taught journalism and journalism ethics nationally and internationally. She was co-author, with Tim Porter, “News, Improved: How America’s Newsrooms Are Learning to Change.”

 

Michele McLellan's Blogs and Trainings

Survey: Despite progress, revenue remains key challenge for news start ups

My independent survey of news start up publishers earlier this year underscored the progress many of these organizations are making Read More

New book studies challenges of small newspapers

A new book, Saving Community Journalism: The Path to Profitability, explores the challenges and opportunities that smaller local news organizations face Read More

Survey: News start ups don't spend enough money on making money

Online local news start ups are devoting significantly more resources to creating content than they are to raising money to Read More

Events
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Leading Change Summit

September 3, 2014 - September 6, 2014

Engage with diverse voices to ignite new ideas. Activate your strategies with expert advice and planning tools. Change the way you create impact. All at NTEN's inaugural Leading Change Summit.

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.

New Avenues in Journalism

October 10, 2014

To help independent writers negotiate the changing terrain of journaism, ASJA is bringing thought leaders and innovators to San Francisco for a two-day conference

LION Summit: Innovation for Local Digital Media Entrepreneurs

October 16, 2014

Local indie publishers and industry experts will convene in Chicago for the second LION Publishers Summit.

American Library Association Midwinter Meeting

January 30, 2015 - February 3, 2015

Registration is now open for the ALA meeting, which will be held in Chicago.

Nonprofit Technology Conference

March 4, 2015 - March 6, 2015

The NTC is the nonprofit industry's signature technology event, bringing together more than 2,000 nonprofit staff, vendors, and consultants. 

Sunshine Week: Your Right to Know

March 15, 2015 - March 21, 2015

Launched in 2005, Sunshine Week has grown into an enduring annual initiative to promote open government and push back against excessive official secrecy.  

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