Articles about "Vivian Schiller"


Journalists offer different perspectives on what to do with audience data

Younger staff in The Atlantic newsroom have a knack for sourcing their stories through social media, and getting them read that way, too, J.J. Gould, executive editor at, said Monday morning at the Poynter Institute.

Gould was part of … Read more

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Twitter hires Vivian Schiller as head of news

Twitter and Vivian Schiller announced Thursday that she would be the service's head of news.     The question of who would land in the job has fascinated media people for months. In early October, AllThingsD's Mike Isaac and Kara Swisher said Schiller was "a lock" for the job. (more...)

EveryBlock could still be sold, says Schiller, after abrupt closing of hyperlocal pioneer

EveryBlock, the hyperlocal news and community discussion site that abruptly closed last week, may be resurrected if NBC can find a suitable buyer.

NBC News Chief Digital Officer Vivian Schiller told me Monday that the network is continuing to … Read more


Does new NPR CEO Gary Knell deliver what member stations want?

To say that Gary Knell will face challenges as NPR’s new CEO and president is an understatement.

He’ll assume leadership over an organization that, in the past year, lost its CEO, senior vice president for development and senior vice Read more

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NPR names ‘Big Bird’s boss’ as its new president, CEO; Sesame Street exec replaces Vivian Schiller

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After months of searching for a top executive to succeed Vivian Schiller, NPR announced Sunday that Gary Knell would become the news organization's new president and CEO. Knell has been CEO of Sesame Workshop since 2000. The 57-year-old fills the spot vacated by Schiller, who tweeted Sunday:
New @npr CEO Gary Knell is an experienced leader, a good man and a friend. Best shot to liberate pubradio from untenable reliance on fed $$
Schiller resigned as CEO in March after the firing of Juan Williams was mishandled under her leadership, and fundraiser Ron Schiller was captured on videotape commenting on conservatives and the Tea Party movement. Ron Schiller's position remains open, as does Ellen Weiss's, the newsroom vice president who resigned over the Williams firing.

NPR's David Folkenflik reports Knell hopes to "calm the waters."

Knell joined Twitter Sunday. His first tweet:
I’m thrilled to join NPR. This is media with a deeply held mission, compelling history and boundless future.
Knell told The New York Times' Brian Stelter he wants NPR to thrive where others have failed:
"We have to figure out a game plan to make sure that 10 years from now, NPR is in a sustainable place to do the journalism and cultural content that it does, and that it does not find itself in the ash heap that so many newspapers have found themselves."
Knell believes his Sesame experience will help NPR do that, as he told Folkenflik:
"I've learned how to master our way through a very competitive world out there, and one in which we have not lost our way and our mission, nor our qualitative edge," Knell said in an interview Sunday evening.
Folkenflik, who says "at first blush, NPR might appear to be playing it safe by selecting a chief associated with Big Bird rather than the news business," notes Knell's political experience working with both Democrats and Republicans:
"I'm not naively walking into this," he said. "I think obviously, [NPR has] been caught somewhat in the political crosshairs in Washington. Some of that is undeserved, I think. And what I would really like to see is depoliticizing NPR a little bit, so that it's not caught in those crosshairs." ...

Knell said he would seek to increase funding for NPR's journalism from governmental, corporate and foundation sources. Otherwise, he said, he wants to get out of the way of its journalists, whom he called "amazingly fabulous."

"The point here is that it's not about liberal or conservative. It's about fairness," Knell said. "We've got to make the case that we're delivering a fair service — not only in the way we do our jobs but in the way we disseminate the news."
NPR has been accused of bias and had its funding threatened in the last year.

Knell is taking a pay cut in his new job. The Washington Post's Paul Farhi reports that Knell made $746,144 in 2009, with salary and additional compensation. His compensation at NPR will be "in line with" Schiller's, who made $575,000 in 2010.

Knell, a father of four, has a blog, "Gary's Blog: On the road with Big Bird's Boss." He starts at NPR on December 1. (more...)
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Ex-NPR chief Schiller named NBC News chief digital officer

NBC Universal
Vivian Schiller steps into a new position at NBC News, and reports to NBC News president Steve Capus. She starts the job in mid-July. A release says:
Schiller will lead the digital strategy for both NBC News and MSNBC to ensure future growth and innovation. Her responsibilities include strategic oversight of the network’s digital extensions on the web and in mobile, interaction with the Joint Venture that oversees the digital network, as well as providing direction to the network’s new emerging properties such as and

Schiller was forced out as NPR chief executive in March after a series of debacles. She joined the radio network in January 2009, after managing day to day operations at for about three years. Schiller said in March that she planned to stay in journalism, and acknowledged that the controversy surrounding her last days at NPR was “very stressful.” She added that she felt an obligation to stay strong because she “didn’t want to fall into the caricature of what women under pressure would be like.”

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‘The conditions are finally right to give newspaper paywalls a fair shake’

Austin American-Statesman
That's what former NPR chief executive and ex-head of Vivian Schiller said at the 12th International Symposium on Online Journalism. "This is the first time I’ve felt this way, and possibly the first time I’ve said this in a public setting," she said. "Back In 2007, that’s a generation ago in Internet time, I was at and a free content absolutist. That was the year my colleagues and I led the effort to end TimesSelect. ...I was an anti-paywall zealot, and for good reason…..based on the conditions of that time. But times have changed." || The full text of her speech is after the jump. (more...)