About TrollBusters

At the International Women's Media Foundation hackathon for women news publishers, the team TrollBusters takes one of the top prizes sponsored by Google.
At the International Women’s Media Foundation hackathon for women news publishers, the team TrollBusters takes one of the top prizes sponsored by Google.

TrollBusters: Offering Pest Protection for Women Writers, Journalists and Publishers

We are Team TrollBusters. We want to fight hate with love. When you spot online violence, cyberharassment or other troll behavior, send an S.O.S. and we will be your first responders online, sending you personal endorsements, virtual hugs or reputation repair services.

We flood your Twitter feed or your website comments with relevant, positive messaging. We support you, your voice, your website, your business, your reputation.

With ❤

TrollBusters

About the Founder

Dr. Michelle Ferrier is the founder of TrollBusters.com, a just-in-time rescue service for women writers and journalists experiencing online harassment. She is a digital content architect with 30 years experience in media entrepreneurship and new media technologies. Ferrier is an associate professor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and a 2016 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow examining media entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education.

Ferrier is an award-winning columnist and author. She is featured in the Committee to Protect Journalists 2016 edition of Attacks on the Press, where she wrote “Progression of Hate,” a chapter that tells her own story of hate mail attacks and the birth of TrollBusters.com as a solution to new forms of harassment. Ferrier has presented before the United Nations on World Press Freedom Day, as a keynote speaker at the Online News Association and as a panelist at the News Impact Summit hosted by the European Journalism Centre on the growing dangers for women journalists online.

Ferrier is the president of Journalism That Matters and the creator of the Create or Die series of startup gatherings for media innovation in underserved and underrepresented communities. She is the principal investigator for the Media Deserts Project (www.mediadeserts.com) that uses geographic information system technologies to examine places in the United States where fresh news and information are lacking.

Michelle Ferrier is a scholar and communications consultant around community-based participatory research and media entrepreneurship. Her research interests include digital identity and reputation management and online communities.

Ferrier holds a Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida in Texts and Technologies where she developed online communities, online learning and new media storytelling technologies; a master’s degree from the University of Memphis in journalism; and a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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