Michele McLellan is the founder and director of Tomorrow’s Workforce, a $2.2 million research and development project funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in 2003-07. McLellan previously was an editor and manager in newspapers for 25 years, most recently at The Oregonian in Portland, Oregon from 1984 to 2003. While at The Oregonian, McLellan served as politics editor, ombudsman and special projects editor with emphasis on building better interaction between citizens, newspaper readers and the newsroom.
She also has taught and spoken about journalism ethics and credibility nationally and internationally and is the primary author of “The Newspaper Credibility Handbook,” published by the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 2001. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University (2001-02), she has taught journalism at Harvard and at Royal University in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
She divides her time between the United States and Cambodia.
Tim Porter is an editor and writer with an extensive background in print and digital journalism. He is associate director of Tomorrow’s Workforce. Porter was founding editor of Examiner.com, the online operation of the San Francisco Examiner. He was also assistant managing editor for news, metro editor and business editor for the Examiner. Earlier, Porter was editor of the Richmond Independent, a 45,000-daily in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Porter has also worked with information intensive companies such as Goldman Sachs, Charles Schwab and Glass, Lewis, providing consulting on financial services research, product development and workflow. He is author of First Draft, a blog devoted to journalism quality, innovation and strategic change.
Porter lives in Mill Valley, California.