Jay Rosen


BIO: Jay Rosen teaches Journalism at New York University, where has been on the faculty since 1986. From 1999 to 2005 he served as chair of the Department. He lives in New York City.

Rosen is the author of PressThink, a weblog about journalism and its ordeals (www.pressthink.org), which he introduced in September 2003. In June 2005, PressThink won the Reporters Without Borders 2005 Freedom Blog award for outstanding defense of free expression. In April 2007 PressThink recorded its two millionth visit.

He also blogs at the Huffington Post. In July 2006 he announced the debut of NewAssignment.Net, his experimental site for pro-am, open source reporting projects. The first one was called Assignment Zero, a collaboration with Wired.com. A second project is OfftheBus.Net with the Huffington Post. A third was introduced in November 2007: beatblogging.org ("Follow along as 13 reporters build social networks into their beats.")

Rosen is also a member of the Wikipedia Advisory Board.

In 1999, Yale University Press published his book, What Are Journalists For?, which is about the rise of the civic journalism movement. (sample chapter) Rosen wrote and spoke frequently about civic journalism (also called public journalism) from 1989-99. From 1993 to 1997 he was the director of the Project on Public Life and the Press, funded by the Knight Foundation.

As a press critic and reviewer, he has published in The Nation, Columbia Journalism Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and others. Online he has written for Salon.com, TomPaine.com and Poynter.org. In 1990 he and Neil Postman (friend, colleague, mentor) hosted a radio show on WBAI in New York called "The Zeitgeist Hour."

In 1994 he was a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, and in 1990-91 he held a fellowship at the Gannett Center for Media Studies at Columbia University.

A native of Buffalo, NY, Rosen had a very brief career in journalism at the Buffalo Courier-Express before beginning graduate study. He has a Ph.D. from NYU in media studies (1986).

Archived Chat with Jay Rosen: How Do You Teach Blogging?

In a Poynter chat for educators, New York University professor and PressThink blogger Jay Rosen answered questions about topics such as how to develop a voice as a blogger, how to construct and evaluate assignments related to blogging and how to market/promote blogs throughout the blogosphere.

You can revisit this link anytime after the chat to watch the replay.

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Jay Rosen on James Carey: An Appreciation

James Carey is generally considered the country’s outstanding journalism educator, and for a simple reason: he’s more educated than any of us. 

Jim says so many smart things that we sometimes forget to stop and appreciate exactly what he is saying. So I would like to begin by explicating and amplifying what Carey just told us. 
Carey loves whatever makes society intelligible. And he scorns whatever leaves things opaque and hard to read. This is why he teaches us to love public life and to work for its improvement: because
public life, well conducted, makes society intelligible to all.
Carey’s love of the publicly intelligible is what prods him to teach another of his familiar lessons: that journalism and democracy are “names for the same thing.” If that is so-and I believe it
is-then the “thing” that journalism and democracy are both names for is also what the university is for: making society intelligible, which also means inhabitable by all. Read more


The Bollinger Thesis

In a series of very public moves, treated as strange by many people, Lee C. Bollinger, First Amendment scholar and President of Columbia University, has been advancing his case for what we need from journalism… today and tomorrow.

He treats as the responsible parties journalists themselves, his own Graduate School of Journalism, and universities that take on the task of educating the next generation. By writing and speaking about why Columbia needs to train a smarter class of journalists, Bollinger has taken intellectual responsibility himself, which is not common among academic CEOs. They have huge institutions to run, and fund-raising burdens that would stagger most outsiders. They don’t sit around thinking about journalism and its training puzzles.

But Lee Bollinger does. And this is what happened during meetings of his all-star task force, 30 or so big names in journalism called several times to the Century Club in Manhattan. Read more