About Amy Gahran
Amy Gahran is a journalist, media consultant, and entrepreneur based in Oakland, CA. She is the cofounder of Oakland Local, a local news and community hub site serving Oakland, CA. Amy also blogs about mobile technology for CNN.com. And she covers digital news for journalists and newsroom leadership topics for the Knight Digital Media Center at the University of Southern California.
At Oakland Local, Amy's leading a mobile initiative focused on bringing Oakland Local to cell phones -- which includes serving the inexpensive, simpler "feature phones" which her research shows that 70% of Oakland residents primarily rely upon. This project was funded by a grant from the Renaissance Journalism Center.
In 2010 Amy co-taught a month-long seminar at USC where students from the journalism, business, and engineering schools collaborated to develop and propose mobile strategies for three Los Angeles-area news organizations. And for a week in March 2011 she spoke at many USC Annenberg events during that journalism school's Mobile News Week.
For several years Amy edited the Poynter Institute's group weblog E-Media Tidbits, and she's worked in several capacities for the Society of Environmental Journalists since that group launched in 1991. She also co-founded the Boulder Carbon Tax Tracker project with support from a Knight News Challenge grant.
Amy consults on mobile, social, and other digital media issues and strategies through House of Local -- a consultancy focused on innovation, community, and open dialogue. She also continues to do freelance writing and editing on energy, environment, business, media, and technology topics.
Amy's cell phone is rarely out of reach. She's very active in social media, especially on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and PicPlz. She blogs at Contentious.com.
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