Clear Social Media began as a final project for a class but is quickly becoming a more personal endeavor for its three contributors Lori, Ellie, and Matt.  While it’s filled with our every day musings as we encounter all sorts of new social media its predominant purpose is to help people navigate the digital world so they may create relevant and appropriate social spaces for their real world businesses.

Lori H. Ersolmaz, founder of Voices of Hope Productions is an entrepreneur, storyteller, multi-media content producer and media outreach professional. Lori has diverse experience working with Fortune 500 Corporations, nonprofit organizations and policy think-tanks on communication design and new media initiatives. For the past five years Lori has advocated for a diverse media culture, one that illuminates important stories and amplifies voices not often heard in the mainstream media. She has served as a nonprofit board member and is a founding member of the New Jersey Integrated Justice Alliance, as well as an active social justice, education, health, and media reform advocate. Lori is pursuing a Masters Degree in Media and Film from the New School University, (Spring, 2011) to broaden her skills using documentary film and social media as a tool for dialogue, civic engagement, and ultimately social change.

Ellie Hurley graduated from Ithaca College with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and a Minor in Creative Writing.  After spending several years living in Ireland she returned state-side and began working in the communications department of a New York City based non-profit.  She is now attending the New School Full time and will receive her Masters in Media Studies with a Certificate in Media Management in May ’11.  She also freelances, working on social media strategy with her clients.

Matthew Kramer graduated from Emerson College with a degree in New Media. He has since focused on mending brands within the media landscape in the new field of branded entertainment.  With a background in production, he now works at NBC specifically on Bravo and Oxygen.  He is also a part time media studies student at the New School, with a focus on production and social media.


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