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Susan Mernit

Susan Mernit


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, 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 and her consulting site,

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,, Northern Arizona’s Free Mobile Service for Local Emergency News and Read More

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Periscope Community Summit

January 14, 2016 - January 17, 2016

Scopers from all over the world will gather at the San Francisco summit to celebrate and share knowledge about community, social and live streaming.

IRE Computer Assisted Reporting, March 10-13

March 10, 2016 - March 13, 2016

Join IRE and NICAR in Denver for the annual conference devoted to data journalism at the Denver Marriott City Center. 

SXSW Interactive Festival, March 11-15

March 11, 2016 - March 14, 2016

The 23rd annual SXSW Interactive Festival returns to Austin from Friday, March 11 through Tuesday, March 15.

Sunshine Week, March 13-19

March 13, 2016 - March 18, 2016

Join us in the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. Open government is good government.

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