Dr. Michelle Ferrier is the founder of TrollBusters.com, a just-in- time rescue service for women writers and journalists experiencing online harassment. She is a digital content architect with 30 years experience in media entrepreneurship and new media technologies. Currently, she is the associate dean for innovation, research/creative activity and graduate studies in the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, where she leads media entrepreneurship efforts both inside and outside the classroom.
Ferrier is the president of Journalism That Matters and is active in research around the changing media ecosystem and curriculum change. She is the principal investigator for the Media Deserts Project (www.mediadeserts.com) that uses GIS technologies to examine places in the United States where fresh news and information are lacking.
Michelle Ferrier is a scholar and communications consultant around community-based participatory research and media entrepreneurship. Her research interests include digital identity and reputation management and online communities.
Ferrier holds a Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida in Texts and Technologies where she developed online communities, online learning and new media storytelling technologies; a master’s degree from the University of Memphis in journalism; and a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.