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About Amplify Utah

Our Mission

We bolster diverse voices through engaged storytelling.

We develop and foster news readers through media literacy education and in collaboration with local partners to amplify the multitude of diverse stories and voices across our community.

We offer expertise and resources to help storytellers across the nation magnify voices in their own communities in partnership with local news media.

Our Vision

We see a dynamic media landscape representative of our culturally rich and diverse communities that not only amplifies voices but encourages media literacy through a more inclusive understanding of the world around us.


Marcie Young Cancio

Founder and Executive Director

marcie [AT] amplifyutah [DOT] org

Marcie YoungCancio sqA veteran newspaper reporter, magazine editor and digital and television news executive, Marcie joined Salt Lake Community College as assistant professor of Journalism and Digital Media in 2018 after nearly two decades in Washington, D.C., New York, North Carolina and California, where she worked as managing editor of multi-platform news for the Disney-owned ABC station in San Francisco.

A Salt Lake native, Marcie has also worked at KUTV 2News, Salt Lake Magazine and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah. In July 2020, she launched Amplify Utah, a media literacy and engagement project, and serves as executive director. Marcie is a graduate of Utah State University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Our Board

  • Amy Maestas

    Amy Maestas


    Amy is a region collaborative manager with Solutions Journalism Network. She has been a journalist for 32 years. She previously was digital editor at The Salt Lake Tribune, and was executive editor at The Durango Herald, along with overseeing other community newspapers and magazines, in Durango, Colo. She is a University of Michigan Knight-Wallace Fellow, Class of 2017. She also has worked with international journalists, is a mentor to journalists of color and has served on journalism nonprofit boards.

  • Michelle Church

    Michelle Church

    Vice Chair

    As cofounder of Altr Agency, Michelle has spent many of the last years helping businesses define their brands and digital strategies. Prior to creating Altr, Michelle spent 10 years with the Salt Lake Tribune as director of sales and marketing, where she helped develop its digital advertising agency. Michelle works with many nonprofits and has developed numerous events, including SLC Fashion Night Out, The Runway, The Salt Lake Tribune Salt Awards and A Light to Remember.

  • Russell Roots

    Russell Roots


    Russell Roots is the Community Outreach Manager with Utah Film Center and manages their community programming, audience building efforts, and volunteer campaigns. In previous incarnations, he also managed the film center's two annual film festivals and summer drive-in film series. Russell has a background in journalism, radio, media literacy and has led administrative efforts on the boards of other arts organizations. He is a procrastinating podcaster and focuses his studies on the intersections of marginalized groups in cinema and the rise of white nationalism and other intolerance in the United States.

  • Ashley 'AC' Cox

    Ashley 'AC' Cox


    Ashley Cox ("AC") is an associate professor of marketing in the School of Business at Salt Lake Community College.  A recognized 20-year veteran in the golf industry and a member of the Utah PGA Section Board of Directors, Ashley has served as a PGA educator with the PGA Golf Management Programs at Campbell University and North Carolina State University.  He is a published researcher and will complete the Doctor of Business Administration Program at George Fox University in 2021.  

  • Sean Crossland

    Sean Crossland


    Sean is the director of the Thayne Center for Student Life, Leadership & Community Engagement at Salt Lake Community College. Sean obtained his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy, his master’s in community leadership from Westminster College and his bachelor’s in psychology from Iowa Wesleyan College. Sean has been teaching undergraduate and graduate community engaged learning at a community college, a research-intensive flagship university, and a liberal arts teaching college for more than eight years. Prior to working in higher education, Sean was a counselor in a wilderness therapy program for adjudicated youth, managed a day service for people with disabilities and worked in the group-home treatment setting.

  • Teri Mumm

    Teri Mumm


    Teri is a community builder with more than 20 years of project development, nonprofit and grants management experience, focused on collective impact and increasing opportunities for multicultural communities. In 2009, she established Bombshell Media, a marketing company whose cornerstone projects include the Utah Arts Festival, Promise South Salt Lake and Epic Brewing Company. Teri is a founding member of the Promise South Salt Lake Equity Council and a founding board member of 1520 Arts. She is currently the director of Community & Government Initiatives for Spy Hop Productions, a nationally recognized creative youth development organization offering in-school, after-school, youth-in-care and satellite digital media arts programming.

  • Jean Norman

    Jean Norman


    Jean is associate professor of emerging media and journalism at Weber State University. She advises The Signpost student news organization and teaches journalism. Her 30-year newspaper career includes time at large newspapers such as USA Today, the Washington Post and the Providence Journal-Bulletin and community newspapers such as the Henderson Home News, Boulder City News and Navy Times. Her bachelor’s in journalism is from Northwestern University and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.




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