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Dr. Michelle Ferrier received SXSW Community Service Award in Austin

Mar 15, 2017

Dr. Michelle Ferrier received SXSW Community Service Award in Austin

ATHENS, Ohio (March 15, 2017)— Dr. Michelle Ferrier, an associate professor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, received the South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Community Service Award on Monday, March 13 during the 2017 SXSW Conference and Festivals in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Michelle Ferrier is the founder of, a service for women writers and journalists experiencing online harassment. She is a digital content architect with 30 years of experience in media entrepreneurship and new media technologies and the principal investigator for the Media Deserts Project, using GIS technologies to examine where fresh news and information are lacking. She joined the faculty of Ohio University in 2013.

The SXSW Community Service Awards celebrate the spirit of community in Austin that is unique to SXSW. Each spring, 10 recipients are recognized for their use of digital technology to help others. Each honoree receives a complimentary badge to SXSW, a $1,000 grant to their favorite 501(c)(3) and a chance to spread the word about their work to the SXSW community.

Ferrier was one of ten individuals receiving the 2017 SXSW Community Service Award. For a full list, visit

-From media reports