Knight Foundation Names VP of Journalism

Jennifer Preston, The New York Times’ first social media editor, has been tapped by the Knight Foundation to serve as its VP of journalism.

Preston has been with the Times since 1995. She has served as a senior editor since May. Preston is also an adjunct instructor at CUNY.

“Jennifer is the ideal person to help newsrooms embrace innovation because she believes in the change and has helped make it happen,” said Alberto Ibargüen, president of the Knight Foundation, in a statement. “She understands the realities but she also has a vision of what’s possible and how to get there. She’ll lead Knight’s efforts to help newspaper, TV, radio and Internet newsrooms bring media innovation into their mainstream.:

Preston joins the Knight Foundation Oct. 20.