PRINCETON, N.J. — Heather Taylor has joined the Dow Jones News Fund as manager of digital media and programs.
Ms. Taylor brings more than 10 years of experience in strategic communications, public relations, program development, social media, public speaking and website development. Prior to joining the Fund, she served as senior director of communications at The Citizens Campaign, a New Jersey nonprofit. There she developed a citizen journalism training program that empowered individuals to embrace the fundamentals of journalism and harness the power of online media to effect change in their communities.
At the Fund, Ms. Taylor will be responsible for media relations and strategic communications for high school and college training workshops and internship programs, as well as the development of marketing materials and communications with the Fund’s media partners.
“Heather’s passion for communications, teaching and journalistic values fits well with the Fund’s tradition of service to the media industry,” said Linda Shockley, managing director. “Her extensive experience in new media will serve the Fund well as we prepare the next generation of journalists for reporting and editing in the digital age.”
“We’re delighted to welcome Heather to the Dow Jones News Fund,” added Richard J. Levine, president of its board of directors.
“I am honored to join the Dow Jones News Fund and support its mission of strengthening the nation’s newsrooms by encouraging talented students to consider journalism careers,” Ms. Taylor said.
A native of New Jersey, Ms. Taylor has extensive experience working with media and nonprofit organizations. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass media studies and political science from Rutgers University in 2002. Since graduation, her career has focused on improving democracy through citizen empowerment, government transparency and strengthening the fourth estate. Ms. Taylor serves on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey and has been a board member of the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government.