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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

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September 4 early bird registration deadline for Women's Hackathon in Los Angeles

Fri, September 4, 2015 5:00 pm - Fri, October 9, 2015 5:00 pm

Enjoy a discount by registering now for the Women’s Hackathon, devoted entirely to female students, faculty and professionals. The event will be held October 9-11 at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in Los Angeles. The early bird fee ends September 4.

Knight News Challenge on Data opens for applications on September 8

Tue, September 8, 2015 9:00 am - Wed, September 30, 2015 5:00 pm

The Knight News Challenge on Data is seeking projects that use data to fuel innovation and new ideas, while protecting the rights of individuals and communities.

Podcasting Collab/Space San Francisco Workshop, September 12

September 12, 2015 - September 12, 2015

Podcasting has become the Next Big Thing for the second time in our current golden age of audio. How an audio startups survive and thrive will be the focus of the one-day  Collab/Space San Francisco workshop on September 12. 

NTEN 2015 Leading Change Summit in Washington, D.C. September 13-16

September 13, 2015 - September 16, 2015

The Learning Change Summit experience combines a mix of time spent connecting with peers in Hubs and developing your project or idea through direct learning workshops that put structure and momentum behind your plans. 

The ONA15 Annual Conference will be held in Los Angeles, September 24-26.

September 24, 2015 - September 26, 2015

ONA's annual conference attracts hundreds of highly engaged digital journalists who are shaping the future of media.

Code For America Summit: Transforming 21st Century Government

September 30, 2015 - October 2, 2015

The 2015 Code for America Summit will kick-off September 30 in Oakland, California. For three days, more than 1,300 government leaders, technologists, and community members will  delve into how, together, we can transform government for the 21st Century.

LION Annual Summit October 1-3 in Chicago

October 1, 2015 - October 3, 2015

The 2015 LION Summit will return to Chicago on October 1-3 at the downtown campus of Columbia College Chicago

3-D: Digital, Diversity, Disruption: theme of ASNE-APME conference October 16-18

October 16, 2015 - October 18, 2015

The nation's top editors gather at the ASNE-APME annual conference October 16-18 in Silicon Valley at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA.  The Associated Press Photo Managers is also a conference partner. 

Sales & Revenue Bootcamp for news organizations, October 19-20

Mon, October 19, 2015 9:00 am - Tue, October 20, 2015 5:00 pm

Learn sales and marketing skills to make your news site financially sustainable.  Apply for bootcamp, to be held at the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University October 19-20,

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