Melissa McGinnis
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In a world of non-traditional news sources, and the pop-up journalist, how do you navigate through all the noise to find legitimate news? This IF LAB will explore the state of print, blogs, social media and websites as it relates to accessing reliable news that matters to you.

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Melissa McGinnis has been working in media in front and behind the camera for the last 10 years. She started her career as an actress, appearing in the hit shows Curb Your Enthusiasm and General Hospital as well as several national commercials. She parlayed her success into producing television shows, feature films and webisodes for fortune 500 companies, including Pepsico and Waste Management. She currently is the creator and host of ecotopiaUmedia, which enables her to share her passion for environmental issues and solutions as well as of January 2015 starting Long Beach Local News, a niche broadcast news outlet for her beloved home town of Long Beach, California. Ms. McGinnis dreams to continue to bring Long Beach its’ news as well as create a media hub in Long Beach that would rival those in Los Angeles or New York. In her off time you can find Melissa spending time with her adoring dog, Budino or at The Long Beach Rescue Mission where she volunteers several days a week. Melissa also enjoys exploring the great city of Long Beach.