Three Digital Media Leaders Join ICFJ Board

Sep 202013

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) has announced that three outstanding digital media leaders have joined its board of directors. Richard Gingras, senior director of news and social products at Google; Vivian Schiller, chief digital officer and senior vice president at NBC News; and Karen Wickre, editorial director at Twitter, bring a wealth of experience that will further strengthen ICFJ as a leader in global media innovation.

“These three visionaries understand that today’s media need to constantly reinvent themselves to survive—and they are leading the way,” said ICFJ Chairman Michael Golden. “We’re fortunate to have their expertise and vision on our board.”

For three decades, Gingras has led successful efforts to develop online services, software and new media. He currently oversees Google News, a service that connects more than a billion unique readers to coverage from journalists in 72 countries and 45 languages. He also heads product development related to Google’s social tools. Before joining Google, Gingras was the CEO of Salon Media Group. The group operates the popular news site, the blogging community “Open Salon” (, and the pioneering virtual community “The Well.” Salon was the first Web-only publication. Gingras began his career in television news. In 1979, he created the first interactive online news magazine in partnership with CBS, NBC and PBS.

Schiller leads NBC News Digital, the digital division of NBC News. Her responsibilities include strategic oversight of the network’s presence on the Web, in mobile and devices, and on social media. Properties under her management include,,,,,, Nightly News, Meet the Press, Dateline, Newsvine and BreakingNews. She also oversees the existing apps and digital extensions of these respective properties. Before joining NBC in July 2011, she was president and CEO of National Public Radio (NPR). She led all of NPR’s worldwide media operations, including the organization’s partnerships with a network of more than 900 public radio stations. During her tenure, NPR received the highest honors for excellence in journalism, grew its audience and revenue by double digits, and earned high honors in the mobile and digital space.

As Twitter’s editorial director, Wickre oversees and manages the company’s public communications. Before joining Twitter in 2011, she was Google’s senior media liaison for global communications and public affairs. During a nine-year tenure, she developed Google’s corporate content strategy, and built its blog and Twitter platforms into global channels. Wickre also is a founder of News Foo Camp, an annual O’Reilly Media “unconference” to foster new ideas about delivering journalism. Prior to Google, she spent several years managing content and creative teams for Web consultancies. She also was the executive producer of several business and consumer content sites, wrote and edited books about technology, and served as a magazine columnist and editor.

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