Michelle Ferrier

Professor at Elon University

Michelle Ferrier is the founder and publisher of LocallyGrownNews.com, a hyperlocal, niche online community for local food advocates. She is a New Media Women Entrepreneur grant recipient.

Ferrier is the chief instigator behind “Create or Die,” the media entrepreneurship startup events hosted by Journalism That Matters in 2010 and 2011. Ferrier is also one of the 2012 inaugural fellows for the Arizona State University Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute.

Ferrier is on the board of directors of Journalism That Matters and is active in research around the changing media ecosystem and curriculum change. Her current research examines media entrepreneurship and media deserts, places where fresh news and information are lacking. She is an associate professor in the School of Communications at Elon University, where she teaches journalism, magazine publishing and online community development.

Ferrier holds a doctorate from the University of Central Florida in online communities, online learning and new media technologies, and a master’s degree from the University of Memphis in journalism. For more than 20 years, she has been experimenting with and developing content for a variety of digital platforms. She has been a beta tester and early adopter of such technologies as page-layout software, direct-to-plate printing, content-management systems, website development, online learning and other digital communication technologies.

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People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good