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Journalism professor honored on inaugural EducationShift20 list

Jan 10, 2018

(First Row, Third from Left) Dr. Michelle Ferrier and other attendees at the Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute Jan. 2-6 where the “Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship” textbook was introduced. The institute, now in its seventh year, is open to journalism instructors who are interested in infusing the concepts and practices of entrepreneurial journalism into their teaching of journalism. / Photo credit Arizona State University

Journalism professor honored on inaugural EducationShift20 list

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 10, 2018)—Between institutional limitations, financial constraints and ever-changing technology, innovating in journalism education is a challenge. Those who lead the way are also doing so through personal investment of heart and soul, to bring new ideas and new ways of thinking to students.
Taking the number six spot on a new list honoring such innovators is Dr. Michelle Ferrier, an associate professor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. Ferrier was one of 20 journalism educators nationwide honored on the inaugural EducationShift20 that includes journalism educators at colleges, high schools and within nonprofit organizations. MediaShift received numerous nominations for educators who have made a significant mark on the discipline, with their colleagues, and with students.

According to Mark Poepsel at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Michelle Ferrier is an innovator, in part, because of a textbook published with Elizabeth Mays in 2017 entitled “Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship.” The text is both collaborative and open; it’s free for students and educators. Ferrier’s work addresses innovations within digital media and communications and the invention of new tools and services. “Dr. Ferrier also hosted a series of chats with authors and those implementing the text to establish an interactive and iterative protocol by which the text will evolve rapidly. It’s an innovation in publishing, and it stands to help reshape media management and journalism entrepreneurship education across the country and around the globe,” Poepsel said.
Ferrier said she is constantly experimenting with her students. “The problems – and opportunities – of today’s media landscape make it a ripe time for invention,” Ferrier said. “Students need to learn how to learn and how to find and seize opportunities to help evolve the communications tools and practices here and abroad.”

Ferrier also leads The Media Seeds: Southeast Ohio Project, which works to create innovations in local communication infrastructure in communities that are media deserts. She is also the founder of, a just-in-time rescue service for women writers and journalists experiencing online harassment.

-From faculty reports