Facebook has hired journalism veteran Liz Heron for a new role intended to better connect the social network with media organizations.
Heron, who will join Facebook after two years at The Wall Street Journal and previous roles with the New York Times and Washington Post, announced the news on Facebook Wednesday. In her most recent role as emerging media editor at the WSJ, Heron worked with reporters to create news tailored specifically for mobile and social media audiences.
“In this new role, I’ll have the opportunity to work directly on how Facebook partners with journalists and media organizations, at a time when Facebook is putting a big emphasis on news and mobile, two things close to my professional heart,” she wrote on Facebook.
Facebook’s new addition comes just months after Twitter filled a similar role last October with NBC’s Vivian Schiller as head of news partnerships. Schiller has a similar role, serving as a liaison between Twitter and news organizations utilizing the service to spread news and information.
Source: Mashable.com | KURT WAGNER