Michelle Ferrier is associate dean of innovation at the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University and associate professor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Ferrier is vice president of Journalism That Matters and creator of the “Create or Die” startup weekends. Ferrier is an inaugural Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center fellow and an inaugural fellow in the Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in Texts and Technology from the University of Central Florida and an M.A. in journalism from the University of Memphis. Ferrier is a former columnist, digital content architect and online community developer who has been involved in new media for more than 30 years. She has worked in strategic communications, policy analysis and publishing for several national nonprofit organizations. Her research interests include media entrepreneurship, online journalism, online communities, and hyperlocal online news. Contact her at [email protected] or on Wordpress at http://michelleferrier.wordpress.com.