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Michele McLellan

Michele McLellan

Senior Program 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 program 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.

She has reported in depth on the emerging local news ecosystem and revenue models for news, including "Best Practices for Advertising Sales at Digital News Startups" and "2015 State of Local News Startups." She also authored the KDMC report "Digital Leads: 10 keys to newsroom transformation."

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

Independent local online news publishers flock to sponsored content

A new survey of independent online local news publishers indicates they are making progress in increasing their revenue and diversifying Read More

6 nonprofit news sites achieve revenue diversity

One of the bright spots in my 2016 survey of independent online news organizations was that six nonprofits have achieved Read More

Sponsored content: Getting the fit right

News organizations that publish sponsored content say it must meet reader expectations for relevance and craft standards to be effective. Read More