Jay Rosen has been on 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.
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Download the short bio (No HTML)Rosen is the author of PressThink, a weblog about journalism and its ordeals (www.pressthink.org), which he introduced in September 2003. In July 2006 he announced the debut 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 was OfftheBus.Net with the Huffington Post.
Rosen is a former member of the Wikipedia Advisory Board. He is currently on the advisory board of Digital First Media, second largest newspaper company in the U.S. He is also a consultant to Post Media, the largest newspaper company in Canada. In November, 2011 he joined the board of The Gazette Company, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is an adviser to First Look Media, founded by Pierre Omidyar in 2013.
In 1999, Yale University Press published his book, What Are Journalists For?, which is 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. 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).
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Rosen was for three years a member of the digital advisory board at Digital First Media, an owner of newspapers. He is also a paid consultant to Post Media in Canada, another newspaper company. In November, 2011 he joined the corporate board of The Gazette Company, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In November 2013 I announced that was taking a paid (part time) position as an adviser in a new company founded by Pierre Omidyar, First Look Media.