Posts by Jay Rosen

About 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 (, 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 A second project is OfftheBus.Net with the Huffington Post. A third was introduced in November 2007: ("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, and 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).

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 … Read More

The Bollinger Thesis

What journalism needs now -- the view of Columbia from NYU. PLUS: Robin Sloan on Bollinger's other task force. Read More