Vikki Porter is director of the Knight Digital Media Center and supervises Professional Development Programs for New Media journalists at USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism in Los Angeles. She was the founding director of the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. During her 30-year journalism career, Porter worked in five Western states, started a newspaper, served as top editor for three community newspapers, and shared a 1986 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal as part of a five-person team while city editor of The Denver Post. Most recently, she was executive editor of The Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs, CA. Porter was a Knight Professional-in-Residence at the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas in 1987-88 and a Knight Journalism Fellow in Studies of Law at Yale Law School in 1988-89, where she earned her Masters in Studies of Law. She is active in the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Associated Press Managing Editors, and has been invited to participate in conferences hosted by the Pew Foundation for Public Journalism, the Freedom Forum, Harwood and Associates and the American Press Institute.
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Lanita Pace-Hinton is the director of Multimedia Training Programs for the Knight Digital Media Center at University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Since April 2000, she has been the associate director of the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, managing WKC seminars held at the UC Berkeley. She began her journalism career as a feature writer with Gannett News Service in Arlington, VA, and has written for the Detroit News and the Washington Post. Pace-Hinton joined The Press-Enterprise, in Riverside, CA as a reporter, and went on to serve as the assistant to the managing editor responsible for editorial recruitment, coordinating the paper's internship programs and community outreach. She later taught journalism and was the advisor to the student newspaper at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA. She received her Masters degree from the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Education and Bachelor's of Arts degree in journalism from Howard University.
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Sophie Lafferty is program coordinator for the Knight Digital Media Center, headquartered at the USC Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles. Prior to joining the Western Knight Center at USC in 2004, she was at the Los Angeles Times for 15 years in marketing and communications. Her responsibilities included serving on planning committees for the 2000 Los Angeles Times/CNN presidential debates, Los Angeles Times Reading by 9 conference and media launch, community outreach youth awards, and companywide task forces on marketing and strategic planning for regional editions. She also shared in the marketing department's Team Award for achievement in new product development in 1998. More recently, Lafferty was business and events manager at Castle Green, a historic landmark in Pasadena, CA, where she implemented community outreach programs, including Concerts at the Castle, monthly tours and a Georgia O'Keeffe-Alfred Stieglitz play. She also served on the Board of Castle Green Historic and Cultural Society, a non-profit support organization. Lafferty began her marketing career at several advertising agencies, including Grey Advertising and Foote, Cone and Belding. She has a B.A. in journalism from USC and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
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