Andhra Pradesh born Raju Narisetti (S/o Narisetti Innayya), a digital media executive and editor, will join the faculty of Columbia Journalism School as Professor of Professional Practice. He will also serve as the new director of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism.
According to the university in New York, as a full-time faculty member, Narisetti will focus on topics such as business journalism, media entrepreneurship, and the business of journalism, in addition to overseeing business journalism fellowships in the country. As the Knight-Bagehot Director, he succeeds Terri Thompson, who directed the fellowship programme for the last 25 years and announced her retirement earlier this year.
"We're thrilled to welcome such a visionary and experienced editor and media leader as Raju to lead the Knight-Bagehot program," said Steve Coll, Dean of the Columbia Journalism School.
Narisetti, who will formally start in the fall said, “Both business journalism and the business of journalism are facing unprecedented uncertainty and tumult. The Columbia Journalism School, which is also home to the Brown Institute for Media Innovation and The TowCenter for Digital Journalism, coupled with the world-renowned Columbia Business School, offers a unique opportunity to explore and innovatively address these challenges.”
Narisetti most recently served as chief executive of Gizmodo Media Group, which publishes well-known digital journalism sites such as Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker and The Root. He has also worked at NewsCorp and Wall Street Journal, among others.
Narisetti was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2007. He is also on the board of trustees of Institute of International Education (IIE), which administers the Fulbright Scholarships and Scholar Rescue Fund, and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ).
On 16 October 2017, Narisetti was appointed to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees.