Technology is moving so fast that it’s easy to forget just how rapidly services and habits have evolved. Yet there is a value in looking back; if only to help us understand the scale of the digital challenge faced today by many major media players.
Michelle Manafy is the editorial director of Digital Content Next, an organization that represents leading media companies. She has two decades of publishing experience, more than half of which has been focused squarely on the business of digital content.
Prior to joining the DCN (when it was called the Online Publishers Association) in 2013, Michelle served as senior editor of the Media Industry Newsletter (min) where she concentrated on digital strategies and revenue channels for the magazine media industry in the min’s, as a judge for its awards programs and as an organizer of min’s events. Before representing the min brand, Michelle served as editor-in-chief of UK-based digital publisher FreePint Limited, where she focused on the enterprise information industry. And prior to leading editorial strategy for FreePint, Michelle was editorial director of Information Today, Inc.'s Enterprise Group, where she served as editor-in-chief of EContent magazine, which covered emerging content creation, management and delivery strategies and tools. She also edited the Intranets newsletter and served as the chair of Information Today’s Enterprise Search Summits and Buying & Selling eContent Conference.
An award-winning editor and columnist, Michelle has written on a variety of technology topics including digital publishing, social media, content development and distribution, streaming media, and audio, video, and storage technologies. She speaks at a wide range of events and serves as a judge for media, content and technology competitions. She is the co-editor of and a contributor to the book Dancing With Digital Natives: Staying in Step With the Generation That's Transforming the Way Business is Done (May 2011, CyberAge Books). Well versed in content marketing, she also edited David Meerman Scott's first book, Cashing in With Content. Michelle has worked in digital, book, and magazine publishing for more than 20 years in areas ranging from pop culture to academic nonfiction and holds a BA in journalism from San Francisco State University.
- San Francisco State UniversityJournalism
- Walla Walla High School
- Digital Content NextEditorial Director, 2013 - presentIn my role as editorial director, I am responsible for the DCN’s content-related initiatives, including our InContext site and annual member summit, as well as evangelizing industry best-practices in a wide range of venues.
- minSenior Editor, 2012 - 2013
- FreePintEditor-in-chief, 2011 - 2012
- Information Today, Inc.Editorial Director, Enterprise Group, 2002 - 2010