Kyle Ellis, SND’s digital director and a volunteer for nearly five years, has accepted a one-year contract to help the Society achieve the objectives of a Knight Foundation grant announced late last month. In his role as Director of Strategic Programs, Ellis will be tasked with fostering the continued growth and sustainability of SNDMakes, assisting with the launch of SNDExp, managing program outreach efforts, and building a peer-to-peer learning community outside the context of SND events.
“Kyle’s year with this position has tremendous potential to help SND move ahead in the digital space,” said incoming SND President Sara Quinn. “He and the other brilliant founders of the Makes team have already put us in the spotlight, and there is much more to come.”
Ellis will work hand-in-hand with a stellar team of industry thought leaders, which include SND board members Chris Courtney, Ramla Mahmood, Matt Mansfield, Miranda Mulligan, and incoming Secretary/Treasurer Tyson Evans.
In the next year, nearly 250 individuals will have the opportunity to participate in the SNDMakes and SNDExp programs across eight events. While ‘Makes’ is about leveraging design-thinking principles to explore the modern challenges faced by media organizations, SNDExp will be about working hand-in-hand with smaller media outlets, universities and NGOs to improve the quality of storytelling at those organizations.
“The work ahead represents a tremendous opportunity to help SND realize its mission, while building a community that champions continued learning and innovation in digital media. I’m humbled the Society’s leadership has entrusted me with this responsibility, and I’m eager to hit the ground running,” Ellis said.
SND is known for its one-off programs such as SNDMakes and Quick Courses, but through the Knight grant, Ellis will facilitate a continued conversation to sustain SNDMakes and SNDExp well into the future.
Ellis is currently a product manager at American City Business Journals in Charlotte, North Carolina. He will join SND full-time later this month.