Jay Rosen

New York University

Biography

Jay Rosen has been a member of the journalism faculty at New York University 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 began in September 2003. In June 2005, PressThink won the Reporters Without Borders 2005 Freedom Blog award for outstanding defense of free expression.

In 1999, Yale University Press published his book, What Are Journalists For?, which was about the rise of the civic journalism movement. Rosen wrote and spoke frequently about civic journalism (also called public journalism) over a ten-year period, 1989-99.

As a press critic and reviewer, he has appeared in numerous magazines and national newspapers, including The Nation, Columbia Journalism ReviewChronicle of Higher EducationNew York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsday and others. Online he has written for Salon.com, TomPaine.com and Poynter.org.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., 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).

His current project is a book about the press in the Net era, tentatively called GatesKeepers Without Gates. It is to be published by Times Books in 2006.