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article imageHead of Twitter news staff lasts less than one year

By Nathan Salant     Oct 9, 2014 in Technology
San Francisco - The head of Twitter's news staff left the social media company Wednesday after less than a year at the helm of a revitalized operation.
Twitter, the internet giant that enables users to broadcast 140-character "tweets" to millions of subscribers, had hired Vivian Schiller late last year to upgrade its news department by partnering with journalism organizations and helping to build a new web application.
Schiller had come to Twitter from NPR (National Public Radio) and, before that, had been a digital editor at the New York Times and Cable News Network (CNN), according to the Wall Street Journal.
But Schiller announced her resignation in three tweets sent out over the network, and indicated she was leaving to allow Twitter's new global media director, Katie Stanton, free reign to redesign the operation.
"Stepping down from Twitter so new global media lead @katies can reorganize as she sees fit. Wish everyone at twitter nothing but best," Schiller said in the first tweet, according to The Verge website.
"Thanks to all the great journalists and newsrooms I collaborated with," she said in the last of her three messages.
Schiller also thanked the two now-former Twitter executives who hired her, Chloe Sladden and Ali Rowghani, who left the company earlier this year after changes instituted by CEO Dick Costello, according to the New York Times.
Sladden, Twitter's head of North American media and Schiller's former boss, and Rowghani, Twitter's COO, left on the same day in June, the Journal said..
Schiller, who called her months at Twitter "a fascinating experience," had joined the site with a burst of enthusiasm for positively remaking the digital landscape.
After being hired, she said she wanted Twitter to have a positive effect on society by becoming "the instrument of a more informed and engaged citizenry."
Indeed, she and the man she initially replaced, Adam Sharp, became known for their work with members of Congress to introduce them to the advantages of using Twitter.
But Sharp will be reclaiming Schiller's role as director of news and government partnerships, the Times said.
Sharp will report to Kirstine Stewart, formerly of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., who was brought over from Twitter Canada to take over for Sladden.
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