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Susan Mernit

Susan Mernit

Founder

Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local a news & community hub for Oakland, CA focused on social justice issues that combines reported stories with community media & diverse voices and training to bridge the digital divide. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & a former Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09 and is a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including Salon.com, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.  She is a circuit rider for The Knight Community Information Challenge, a former Senior Fellow for the Reporting on Health project at USC and has been a facilitator for The Knight Digital Media Center at The Annenberg School of Journalism, USC. In 2011, she launched Code for Oakland, a one-day tech event focused on building apps to serve Oakland community. She was at TechStars in 2008 with a start-up that failed, an invaluable experience.

Mernit is passionate about local media, publishing platforms, web and placed-based digital training, and Oakland.  She is super interested in how tech and civic engagement amplify both social change and economic development and is trying to put some of her ideas to work in Oakland, CA. In her free time, she’s into hiking, growing veggies, urban farms, poetry, blogging, and her new dog. Learn more at susanmernit.com and her consulting site, houseoflocal.org.

Susan Mernit's Blogs and Trainings

[Archived Webinar, November 2013] Open Gov and What It Means for Community Foundations

What is Open Government and what opportunities can it offer to community foundations and civic engagement projects? Read More

[Archived Webinar, October 2013] Raising Visibility: Building Audience, Engagement and Reach - Round 2

Raising visibility for your project teaches you how to increase community awareness and engagement for your online news or information Read More

Northern Arizona team launches emergency alerts service

It's live!  After 8 months of planning and development, e928.org, Northern Arizona’s Free Mobile Service for Local Emergency News and Read More

Events
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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

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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