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General Manager, The Compass Experiment
Mandy Jenkins is general manager of The Compass Experiment, a partnership between Google and McClatchy to explore sustainable business models for local news. In her role, she will be leading the launch of three digital-only news operations in U.S. communities that have limited sources of local, independent journalism. The first site launched was Mahoning Matters, in Youngstown, Ohio in October of 2019.
Prior to her work with Compass, Mandy was a 2019 John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University, where she studied the disconnection between disinformation consumers and mainstream news. She has served in leadership roles at Storyful and Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome and has driven innovative digital journalism projects within The Huffington Post Politics, TBD.com, The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Mandy has taught digital and social media skills workshops for journalists across the world, including as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Mandy is on the Board of Directors for the Online News Association and News Leaders Association. She hails from Ohio and is a graduate of Kent State University.