Narisetti Columbia

Indian American Raju Narisetti joins the faculty at Columbia University's journalism school. ( photo)

Columbia University’s Journalism School June 4 announced that editor and digital media executive Raju Narisetti will join the faculty as professor of professional practice and also serve as the new director of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism.

As a full-time faculty member, the Indian American journalist will focus on topics such as business journalism, media entrepreneurship and the business of journalism, in addition to overseeing one of the most sought-after business journalism fellowships in the country, the university said in a news release.

“I am delighted to join the journalism faculty and also lead the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship program at Columbia University,” said Narisetti in a statement.

“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 Tow Center for Digital Journalism, coupled with the world-renowned Columbia Business School, offers a unique opportunity to explore and innovatively address these challenges.”

He is scheduled to formally begin his tenure in the fall.

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, the university news release said.

Prior to Gizmodo, Narisetti was News Corp.’s senior vice president of strategy, helping the media giant diversify and establish itself as the world’s largest digital real-estate listings company, in addition to its news and information portfolio that includes The Wall Street Journal, The Times of London and Harper-Collins, it said.

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