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Niketa Patel

  1. Senior Director of Leadership Programs

As Senior Director of Leadership Programs, Niketa Patel heads the Executive Program in News Innovation and Leadership, as well as other J+ leadership initiatives.

Most recently, as Senior Director of Partnerships and Platforms at The 19th, Niketa oversaw editorial partnerships with a focus on republishing, co-publishing, collaborations, events and more. Niketa built and cultivated strategic partnerships with national, local and community newsrooms with an eye towards having The 19th’s journalism reach diverse audiences.

Previously, Niketa managed Print and Digital News Partnerships in the U.S. for Twitter. In this role, she collaborated with newsrooms and journalists with regards to strategic initiatives, product adoption, best practices, safety and training which spanned across Twitter’s wide range of products and tools.

Prior to that, Niketa was Director of News & Content Partnerships at RebelMouse and there she went on to become Managing Director of RebelMouse’s Media Lab. She focused on key initiatives around content creation, audience development and multi-platform products.

Niketa has a storied track record in digital journalism, audience development and product at CNN, ABC News, CBS News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Florida Times-Union and more. She’s currently the Online News Association’s Board of Directors and has been a long time member of ONA, AAJA & SAJA.

Niketa lives in Atlanta with her energetic son. Her Twitter handle is @Niketa.