Niketa Patel

Digital Media Advisor & Executive Coach
Last edited October 12, 2022

This is a candidate for the 2023-24 ONA Board of Directors election

As Senior Director of Partnerships and Platforms at The 19th, Niketa oversees editorial partnerships with a focus on republishing, co-publishing, collaborations, events and more. Niketa builds and cultivates partnerships with national, local and community newsrooms with an eye towards having The 19th’s journalism reach diverse audiences.

Most recently, Niketa oversaw Print and Digital News Partnerships in the US for Twitter. In this role, she collaborated with newsrooms and journalists with regards to strategic initiatives, 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 a board member for the Online News Association and has been a long time member of ONA, AAJA & SAJA.

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

Niketa’s vision for the future of digital journalism

The future of journalism is one that is diverse, inclusive and collaborative, only then, can we serve our audiences in an optimal way.

As a digital journalist with 19 years experience in both print and broadcast newsrooms and in the startup and platform world, I have a lot to offer ONA in terms of industry insights, skills, career advice and my network.

I have been a firm believer in ONA’s vision and mission and want to help further excellence in journalism, editorial integrity and freedom of expression.

My vision for ONA would be to explore innovative ways to reach more journalists & newsrooms in order to increase membership and awareness of the organization. I want to help shape the future of ONA in order to help current and future digital journalists become pioneers and revolutionary experts in their respective fields.

Given that I am a woman of color, I seek out diverse perspectives in everything that I do from working with News partners in my current role, to hosting events for ONA Local in the past, to collaborating with my peers on a daily basis. I want to be a part of ONA’s efforts to continue to be a leader in providing services, events, training and resources to women, journalists of color and more.

What a time to be a journalist! Now more than ever, I want ONA, in partnership with other organizations to be on the frontlines fighting for #PressFreedom

ONA should continue to seek out emerging technologies and industry experts to enable journalists to be at the forefront of innovative storytelling. I hope my experience and knowledge will compliment existing and incoming board members.

If you have any questions or thoughts, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.