As the Deputy Vice President of Programs, Emily Schult is responsible for ICFJ’s exchange and diversity programs. Schult assists in the operational management of programs staff and develops and implements ICFJ programs in the U.S. and abroad. She is also responsible for managing ICFJ’s events including the annual awards dinner, a gala that attracts more than 600 media executives and corporations annually.
Schult’s previous experience includes being ICFJ’s senior program director and the program officer/web editor of the Knight International Journalism Fellowships program. Before coming to ICFJ, she served as a teaching assistant at LSU and an operations team member for the Junior National Young Leaders Conference.
Schult believes that journalists are the key to an informed citizenry and is most inspired by those who bring underreported or forgotten stories to light, helping to improve the lives of citizens in their countries.
She received her M.A. and B.A. in mass communication from the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University (LSU) where she specialized in public relations, crisis communication, and media law.