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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

This just in: Online news start up buys the largest newspaper in Alaska

It’s a headline that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago.Alaska Dispatch, a six-year-old born-on-the-web news site, has reached Read More

Can local news scale? The Alternative Press tests a franchise model in New Jersey

Patch sought to scale its way to big profits without success. In the rough-and-tumble local news enviroment, independent publishers may Read More

New Knight fund targets engagement and revenue development in nonprofit news

The $1 million fund will provide micro-grants to help news organizations experiment with new paths to sustainability. Read More

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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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