Niketa Patel

Senior Director, Leadership Programs • Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY
Vice-President, ONA Board of Directors
Last edited January 31, 2024

Niketa Patel is Senior Director of Leadership Programs at Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. The role entails overseeing the flagship program, Executive Program in News Innovation & Leadership, for professional development for newsroom executives globally. Niketa is responsible for curriculum development, instruction, class design, recruitment, fundraising and marketing efforts for this program and more. Niketa heads up other J+ leadership initiatives too.

Most recently, as Senior Director of Partnerships and Platforms at The 19th, Niketa spearheaded 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 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, product adoption, best practices, safety and training which spanned across Twitter’s wide range of products and tools.

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

Niketa lives in Atlanta with her energetic son.

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.