Former Cheddar editor in chief Jim Roberts has joined The 74, a nonprofit news organization that covers education, as publisher and chief strategy officer.
“I’ve also seen the struggle that many publications have faced in the past 20 years as waves of disruption have undermined what were once rock-solid business models. Among the things that attracted me to The 74 was its pioneering work in non-profit journalism,” wrote Roberts. Read more here.
He had left Cheddar in May.
Roberts had joined Cheddar in December 2017 after working at Mashable, The New York Times and Reuters. He was executive editor of digital at Reuters, overseeing the editorial work of Reuters.com and the global family of Reuters website.
Roberts had been the Times’s chief digital editor and evangelist, first in the role of editor of digital news, and then as an assistant managing editor. He led a vast expansion of NYTimes.com from 2006 to 2009, and helped build and lead a team of multimedia experts that has two Emmy Awards and one Peabody to its credit.
Before joining the Times’s digital team, Roberts was national editor of the Times and the paper’s national political editor during the 2000 campaign. He also worked as an editor on the Times’s metropolitan and sports desks. Before joining the Times, he worked in a variety of reporting and editing jobs in Richmond, Va., Baltimore and Dallas.