OLD Media Moves

Roberts is candidate for Twitter position

October 4, 2013

Posted by Chris Roush

Kara Swisher and Mike Isaac of All Things Digital report that Jim Roberts, a former Reuters and New York Times journalist, is a candidate for a top editorial position at Twitter.

Swisher and Isaac write, “The job selection is down to a handful of candidates, said sources, and the person chosen will report to Chloe Sladden, its head of media. She describes her job on Twitter as ‘aking Twitter essential to TV, music, sports, news, politics & non-profits.’

“AAmong those Twitter has spoken to about the news job, said sources, is former New York Times staffer Jim Roberts, who has most recently been at Reuters. He arrived there earlier this year to helm its ‘Next’ project as executive editor of Reuters Digital. But Next was scrapped by its new CEO and, while Roberts is still at Reuters, he is expected to leave soon.

“Also tapped was Emily Bell, the director of Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School and former Guardian news- and media director of its digital content. But Bell has significant commitments in her current job, said sources, and is unlikely to take the Twitter job, if offered.

“A Twitter spokesman declined comment.”

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