From the Washington Post, to the New York Times, to the Wall Street Journal, to Facebook. As a Will Hunting might say to their journalism brethren, “How do you like them apples?”
This most impressive career progression has been restated and updated just now by Liz Heron via, appropriately enough, Facebook. She’s leaving her position as emerging media editor at WSJ for a job at the social network that will be centered around the news. From her post:
To my friends and colleagues at the Wall Street Journal: Your journalism makes everyone smarter, more informed (and often wittier too). Thank you for an incredible two years. To my team in particular: From Superstorm Sandy to the 2012 elections to major tech IPOS to the Boston bombing, we made social media sourcing/verification and reader participation a key part of our news report. We made huge strides in shareable visual storytelling, built a global social media presence, experimented with news start-ups and raised the profile of mobile journalism around our newsroom. You’re amazing. Keep it up.
Heron is urging her fellow journalists to share their suggestions on how Facebook can improve its news reporting and news gathering functions. The comments to her Facebook status will also be interesting to monitor in the coming hours. Congrats on a great new gig.[Photo courtesy: @lheron]