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The Future of Journalism: Unpacking the Rhetoric

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Speakers and moderators for the event include —

C.W. Anderson

C.W. Anderson currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island (CUNY). He is a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project and a Knight Media Policy Fellow with the New America Foundation. He also blogs regularly for Harvard University’s Nieman Lab. Anderson has a Ph.D. in Communications from Columbia University. For seven years he volunteered at the New York City Independent Media Center and helped organize the inaugural Grassroots Media Conference in New York City.

During over a decade of ethnographic research on local news production, Anderson has charted new forms of journalistic work, has analyzed and the possibilities of — and barriers to — institutional collaboration, and has cataloged new forms of journalistic work. He has studied new business models for news, cultural challenges to journalistic authority, and the relationship between practices of software development and journalism. In 2009, he served as the lead research assistant for the Columbia University report The Reconstruction of American Journalism. Also in 2009, he completed his doctoral dissertation Breaking Journalism Down: Work, Authority and the Collapse of Metropolitan Journalism, 1997-2009, which drew on his fieldwork in Philadelphia.

Phil Bronstein

Phil Bronstein is the Editor-at-Large and Executive Vice President of the San Francisco Chronicle. Bronstein began his career in San Francisco as a reporter and editor at the Jewish Bulletin, and then moved on to reporting duties with KQED-TV and the San Francisco Examiner. Specializing in investigative projects and foreign correspondence, he was a 1986 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his work in the Philippines, and he went on to cover conflicts in other parts of Southeast Asia, El Salvador, Peru, and the Middle East.

He was named Executive Editor of the Examiner in 1991, having previously served as Managing Editor for News. When the Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle merged in November 2000, he was named Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of the paper, and became Executive Vice President and Editor of the Chronicle in March 2003. In February 2008, Bronstein was named Executive Vice President and Editor-at-Large of the Chronicle.

Bruce D. Brown

Bruce D. Brown’s practice pertains primarily to representation of newspaper, broadcast, and publishing companies, including defense of libel and invasion of privacy lawsuits, pre-publication review, and legal issues related to newsgathering.  Mr. Brown also assists in-house counsel at media companies with author-publisher agreements, website liability and terms of service, and management of intellectual property.

He is an adjunct faculty member in Georgetown University’s master’s program in Professional Studies in Journalism and serves as Washington, D.C. counsel for The Society of Professional Journalists.  He is prior co-chair of the legislative affairs committee of the Media Law Resource Center in New York. Prior to joining Baker & Hostetler LLP in 1997, Mr. Brown was a federal court reporter for the Legal Times, a writer for The Economist, and a newsroom assistant to David Broder at The Washington Post.  Mr. Brown has been named one of Washington’s top media and First Amendment lawyers by Washingtonian magazine, Best Lawyers in America, and Super Lawyers DC.

Mr. Brown’s published work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The American Lawyer, The Economist, Legal Times, Communications Lawyer and The National Law Journal. In February 2009, he testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee on the problems associated with “libel tourism.” In February 2010, he testified on the same subject before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mr. Brown received his J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.A. in English Literature from Harvard University, and a B.A. in English Literature from Stanford University.

Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen is the Senior Business Product Manager for Google News. He is responsible for global product strategy, marketing and publisher outreach for Google News, which is currently available in 30 languages and nearly 60 countries. Prior to joining Google, Josh was Vice President of Business Development for Reuters Media, the world’s largest news agency. While there, he led business development for Reuters’ Consumer Media team, including all activities with major strategic partners. He was responsible for agreements with AOL, Google, MSN, Yahoo! and numerous media companies around the world for content distribution, revenue generation and strategic investments.Before joining Reuters, Josh was Director of Business Development for SmartMoney.com where he led business development and licensing activities for the site, a joint venture between Dow Jones and Hearst. Cohen holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Columbia Business School, where he graduated Beta Gamma Sigma.

Joshua Cohen

Joshua Cohen is Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society at Stanford University, where he is professor of political science, philosophy, and law, director of the Program on Global Justice, and co-director of the Program on Liberation Technologies. A political theorist, trained in philosophy, Cohen has written on issues of democratic theory, particularly deliberative democracy and the implications for personal liberty, freedom of expression, and campaign finance. Currently, Professor Cohen is concentrating his scholarship on issues of global justice, including the foundations of human rights, distributive fairness, and supranational democratic governance. A first volume of his selected papers, Philosophy, Politics, Democracy was published by Harvard University Press (fall 2009); a second volume, The Arc of the Moral Universe and Other Essays will appear in fall 2010; and Rousseau: A Free Community of Equals has just appeared from Oxford University Press.

Cohen is editor of Boston Review, a bi-monthly magazine of political, cultural, and literary ideas, which has also published 30 books with Beacon Press, Princeton University Press, and MIT Press. A member of the American Academic of Arts and Sciences and Tanner Lecturer at Berkeley in 2007, Cohen taught philosophy and political science at MIT from 1977-2006, where he chaired both the philosophy program and the political science department.

Anthony T. Falzone

Tony Falzone is the Executive Director of the Fair Use Project and a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School. As an intellectual property litigator, he has defended writers, publishers, filmmakers, musicians and video game makers against copyright, trademark, rights of publicity and other intellectual property claims. Tony represented visual artist Shepard Fairey in copyright litigation against The Associated Press over Fairey’s “Obama Hope” posters, and represented RDR Books as trial counsel in its copyright and Lanham Act dispute with J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers over the Harry Potter Lexicon. This follows notable victories on behalf of the producers and distributors of the film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed in litigation against Yoko Ono Lennon and EMI Records, on behalf of Professor Carol Shloss in her lawsuit against the Estate of James Joyce, and on behalf of electronic musician BT in a copyright infringement case in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to litigating, Tony teaches at Stanford Law School. He also advises documentary filmmakers, writers, artists and other content creators on fair use and other intellectual property issues. Tony has been recognized by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” and one of the “50 Leading IP Litigators in California.”

Prior to his work at Stanford, Tony was a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Bingham McCutchen. He is a 1997 graduate of Harvard Law School, and was a law clerk to the Hon. Barry T. Moskowitz, U.S. District Judge, Southern District of California.

James S. Fishkin

James S. Fishkin holds the Janet M. Peck Chair in International Communication at Stanford University where he is Professor of Communication and Professor of Political Science. He is also Director of Stanford’s Center for Deliberative Democracy and Chair of the Dept of Communication.

Fishkin received his B.A. from Yale in 1970 and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale as well as a second Ph.D. in Philosophy from Cambridge.

He is the author of a number of books including Democracy and Deliberation: New Directions for Democratic Reform (1991), The Dialogue of Justice (1992 ), The Voice of the People: Public Opinion and Democracy (1995). With Bruce Ackerman he is co-author of Deliberation Day (Yale Press, 2004). His most recent book When the People Speak: Deliberative Democracy and Public Consultation was published by Oxford University Press in fall 2009.

He is best known for developing Deliberative Polling® – a practice of public consultation that employs random samples of the citizenry to explore how opinions would change if they were more informed. Professor Fishkin and his collaborators have conducted Deliberative Polls in the US, Britain, Australia, Denmark, Bulgaria, China, Greece and other countries.

Fishkin has been a Visiting Fellow Commoner at Trinity College, Cambridge as well as a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and a Guggenheim Fellow.

Dan Gillmor

Dan Gillmor is director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Center, funded by the Knight Foundation and Kauffman Foundation, is working to help create a culture of innovation and risk-taking in journalism education, and in the wider media world.

Gillmor is also director of the Center for Citizen Media, originally a joint project of the University of California-Berkeley School of Journalism and the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society.  Gillmor was a Fellow at Berkman from 2006-2009 and is now a Faculty Associate. Gillmor has a number of outside investments, board memberships, and advisory posts.

Gillmor also writes articles and has published a book called We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People (2004; O’Reilly Media), and he is working on a new book about media in the digital age. The paperback version of We the Media was released in January 2006. The book has been translated into many foreign languages, most recently Korean and Arabic.

In 2005, Gillmor worked on citizen media through Grassroots Media Inc.  From 1994-2005, Gillmor was a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley’s daily newspaper, and wrote a weblog for SiliconValley.com. The blog is believed to have been the first by a journalist for a traditional media company. Gillmor joined the Mercury News after six years with the Detroit Free Press. Before that, Gillmor was with the Kansas City Times and several newspapers in Vermont. Over the years Gillmor has freelanced for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Economist, Financial Times and many other publications.

During the 1986-87 academic year Gillmor was a Knight-Wallace journalism fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he studied history, political theory and economics.

Theodore Glasser

Ted Glasser is a Professor of Communication at Stanford University.  His teaching and research focuses on media practices and performance, with emphasis on questions of press responsibility and accountability. His books include Custodians of Conscience: Investigative Journalism and Public Virtue, written with James S. Ettema, which won the Society of Professional Journalists’ award for best research on journalism, the Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism, and the Frank Luther Mott-Kappa Tau Alpha award for the best research-based book on journalism/mass communication; Public Opinion and the Communication of Consent, edited with Charles T. Salmon; Media Freedom and Accountability, edited with Everette E. Dennis and Donald M. Gillmor; and The Idea of Public Journalism, an edited collection of essays. His research, commentaries and book reviews have appeared in a variety of publications, including the Journal of Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Journalism Studies, Policy Sciences, Journal of American History, Quill, Nieman Reports and The New York Times Book Review .

In 2002-2003 Glasser served as president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He had earlier served as a vice president and chair of the Mass Communication Division of the International Communication Association. He has held visiting appointments as a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; as the Wee Kim Wee Professor of Communication Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; and at the University of Tampere, Finland.

Glasser came to Stanford in 1990 from the University of Minnesota, where he taught in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and served as associate director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law. He has been affiliated with Stanford’s Modern Thought and Literature Program since 1993. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.

Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman is an award-winning investigative journalist and syndicated columnist, author and the host of Democracy Now! airing on more than 800 public television/radio stations worldwide.   Goodman is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ for “developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media.”  The Independent of London named Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! “an inspiration”; pulsemedia.org placed Goodman at the top of their 20 Top Global Media Figures.

Goodman is the author of four New York Times bestsellers.  Her latest book, Breaking the Sound Barrier, proves the power of independent journalism in the struggle for a better world.  She co-authored the first three bestsellers, Standing Up to the MadnessStatic, and The Exception to the Rulers, with her brother, journalist David Goodman.

Ann Grimes

Ann Grimes is the Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Journalism and the Acting Director for the Graduate Program in Journalism at Stanford University.  Grimes is a former staff writer and editor for The Wall Street Journal where she covered technology and business. As Deputy Bureau Chief in San Francisco, she oversaw the newspaper’s coverage of Silicon Valley during the 1990’s dot-com boom and bust. While at Dow Jones & Co., she also worked on developing new-media strategy.  Earlier, Grimes was on the editorial staff of The Washington Post. As the Deputy National Editor responsible for coverage of the federal government, she ran a national news section that covered the political spectrum. Starting out, she wrote about social issues in Chicago and contributed regularly to The New York Times.

Grimes is the author of Running Mates, a book about the 1988 presidential campaign published by William Morrow & Co. and a Book-of-the-Month Club selection.  She is the recipient of several journalism awards including the Society of Professional Journalist’s Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism, the Education Writers Association National Award, and two Chicago Newspaper Guild Awards. She was a 1997-1998 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford.

A former teaching fellow at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Grimes teaches classes in public issues reporting, business, technology and new media. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago.

Jaron Lanier

Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author. He is credited with coining the term “Virtual Reality” and his name is often associated with Virtual Reality research (and he was a founder of VPL Research, the first company to sell VR products.) He writes and speaks on numerous topics, including high-technology business, the social impact of technological practices, the philosophy of consciousness and information, Internet politics, and the future of humanism. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Discover, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Harpers, The Sciences, Wired (where he was a founding contributing editor), and Scientific American. He has appeared on national television many times, on shows such as PBS-TV’s “The News Hour,” ABC-TV’s “Nightline,” and PBS-TV’s “Charlie Rose,” and has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

As a musician, Lanier has been active in the world of new “classical” music since the late 70s. He is a pianist and a specialist in unusual musical instruments, especially the wind and string instruments of Asia. He maintains one of the largest and most varied collections of actively played rare instruments in the world. Lanier has performed with artists as diverse as Philip Glass, Ornette Coleman, George Clinton, Sean Lennon, Vernon Reid, Terry Riley, Duncan Sheik, Pauline Oliveros, and Stanley Jordan.

In 2005, Lanier was selected as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by readers of Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines.  The Encyclopaedia Britannica (but certainly not Wikipedia) includes him in its list of history’s 300 or so greatest inventors.  He remains very much a part of the loyal opposition within the industry he criticizes, as he was part of a company that was acquired by Google and currently works with Microsoft. You Are Not a Gadget is his first book.

David Marburger

A partner in the Cleveland office of Baker Hostetler, David Marburger is an authority on litigating legal issues arising from the content side of the communications industry, especially First Amendment, media law, commercial speech, Commerce Clause, libel and privacy, freedom of information, copyright and other intellectual property rights.

Mr. Marburger is one of only 17 lawyers in Ohio certified by the Ohio Bar Association—acting under the authority of the Ohio Supreme Court—as a specialist in appellate law. Every year since 1995, he has been named by his peers as one of the best First Amendment lawyers in the country in The Best Lawyers in America. Inside Business magazine has named him as one of the leading lawyers in northeast Ohio, another magazine consistently has named him one of Ohio’s “Super Lawyers,” and the Society of Professional Journalists recognized him with the “Best Defense of the First Amendment” award.

Mr. Marburger has litigated more than 200 libel cases, challenged the constitutionality of more than 35 laws and court orders, defended against over two dozen prior restraints, sued for access more than 50 times to open the files and proceedings of state, local and federal government agencies and courts, and defended and pursued dozens of copyright claims.

Mr. Marburger has handled over 20 cases before the Ohio Supreme Court, the state’s highest court.

Mr. Marburger was the primary draftsman of our newspaper client’s brief on the merits before the United States Supreme Court, where Ohio’s largest newspaper won a First Amendment challenge of a municipal ordinance. (City of Lakewood v. Plain Dealer Publishing Co., 486 U.S. 750.)

Mr. Marburger has drafted extensive amendments to Ohio’s open records and open meetings statutes, which the General Assembly enacted in various years largely as drafted. The Ohio Attorney General appointed him to a two-year task force to conduct a comprehensive study of Ohio’s freedom of information laws, and he was the primary draftsman of the task force’s recommendation for statutory revision.

He is a frequent speaker about litigating issues that affect the content side of the communications industry.

Mr. Marburger has represented online media, major national television and radio networks, newspapers, book publishers, magazines, outdoor advertising companies, and wire services.

Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Marburger was a journalist in a top 10 market.

Alan Murray

Alan Murray is deputy managing editor and executive editor, online, for The Wall Street Journal. He has editorial responsibility for the Journal‘s web sites, including WSJ.com and MarketWatch and the Journal’s books, conferences and television operations.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Murray was assistant managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, and author of the paper’s “Business” column, which runs every Wednesday.

Previously, he served as CNBC’s Washington, D.C., bureau chief and was co-host of “Capital Report with Alan Murray and Gloria Borger.”  While working at CNBC, he also wrote the Journal’s weekly “Political Capital” column.  Prior to that, he spent a decade as the Washington bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Murray joined The Wall Street Journal in 1983, as a reporter covering economic policy. He was named Washington deputy bureau chief in January 1992 and became bureau chief in September 1993. During his tenure as bureau chief, the Washington bureau won three Pulitzer Prizes, as well as many other awards.

Mr. Murray is the author of three best-selling books: “Revolt in the Boardroom, The New Rules of Power in Corporate America,” published by HarperCollins in 2007; “The Wealth of Choices: How the New Economy Puts Power in Your Hands and Money in Your Pocket,” published by Random House in 1991; and “Showdown at Gucci Gulch: Lawmakers, Lobbyists and the Unlikely Triumph of Tax Reform,” co-authored with Jeffrey Birnbaum and published by Random House in 1987. “Gucci Gulch” received the American Political Science Association’s Carey McWilliams Award in 1988. Mr. Murray also garnered two Overseas Press Club awards for his writings on Asia, as well as a Gerald Loeb award and a John Hancock award for his coverage of the Federal Reserve.

Mr. Murray began his journalism career in June 1977 as the business and economics editor of the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times. He joined the Congressional Quarterly in Washington as a reporter in June 1980, and the following year became a reporter at the Japan Economic Journal in Tokyo on a Luce Fellowship.

He serves on the Governing Council of the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia and is a member of the Gridiron Club, The Economic Club of New York and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has served on the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina.

Mr. Murray received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of North Carolina, where he was a John Motley Morehead scholar, a merit scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned a master’s degree in economics at the London School of Economics.  In 2005, he completed the Stanford Executive Program.

He is married to Dr. Lori Murray, a foreign policy consultant and former special adviser to the President for chemical weapons. They live in Greenwich, CT, with their two children.

John Nichols

John Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Online Beat since 1999. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress.

Nichols writes about politics for The Nation magazine as its Washington correspondent. He is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the Associate Editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and dozens of other newspapers.

Nichols is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues. He was featured in Robert Greenwald’s documentary, “Outfoxed,” and in the documentaries Joan Sekler’s “Unprecedented,” Matt Kohn’s “Call It Democracy,” and Robert Pappas’s “Orwell Rolls in his Grave.”  The keynote speaker at the 2004 Congress of the International Federation of Journalists in Athens, Nichols has been a featured presenter at conventions, conferences, and public forums on media issues sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Consumers International, the Future of Music Coalition, the AFL-CIO, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Newspaper Guild [CWA] and dozens of other organizations.

Nichols is the author of The Genius of Impeachment (The New Press); a critically acclaimed analysis of the Florida recount fight of 2000, Jews for Buchanan (The New Press); and a best-selling biography of Vice President Dick Cheney, Dick: The Man Who is President (The New Press), which has recently been published in French and Arabic. He edited Against the Beast: A Documentary History of American Opposition to Empire (Nation Books), of which historian Howard Zinn said: “At exactly the time when we need it most, John Nichols gives us a special gift–a collection of writings, speeches, poems, and songs from throughout American history–that reminds us that our revulsion to war and empire has a long and noble tradition in this country.”

With Robert W. McChesney, Nichols has co-authored the books It’s the Media, Stupid! (Seven Stories), Our Media, Not Theirs (Seven Stories), Tragedy and Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections, and Destroy Democracy (The New Press) and, most recently, The Death and Life of American Journalism (Nation Books). McChesney and Nichols are the co-founders of Free Press, the nation’s media-reform network, which organized the 2003 and 2005 National Conferences on Media Reform.

Author Gore Vidal says: “Of all the giant slayers now afoot in the great American desert, John Nichols’s sword is the sharpest.”

Geneva Overholser

Geneva Overholser is director of the School of Journalism at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.  Previously she held the Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting for the Missouri School of Journalism, where she was based in the school’s Washington bureau.

From 1988 to 1995, Overholser was editor of The Des Moines Register, where she led the paper to a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.   While at the Register, she also earned recognition as Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation and was named “The Best in the Business” by American Journalism Review.

In addition, Overholser has been ombudsman of The Washington Post, a member of the editorial board of The New York Times, a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post Writers Group, and a reporter for the Colorado Springs Sun. She has been a columnist for the Columbia Journalism Review and frequent contributor to Poynter.org.  She also spent five years overseas, working and writing in Paris and Kinshasa.

Overholser is a member of the boards of the Knight Fellowships at Stanford, the Center for Public Integrity, the Committee of Concerned Journalists and the Academy of American Poets. She serves on the Journalism Advisory Committee of the Knight Foundation. She was for nine years a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, the final year as chair, and is a former officer of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. She is a fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She held a Nieman fellowship at Harvard and a Congressional fellowship with the American Political Science Association.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Wellesley College, a master’s in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a French language certificate from the Sorbonne.  She has honorary doctorates from Grinnell College and St. Andrews Presbyterian College, and alumnae achievement awards from Wellesley, Northwestern and Medill.

Elisa Camahort Page

As BlogHer’s Co-founder and COO, Elisa Camahort Page leads events, marketing, public relations and research for BlogHer, while working to ensure that all company operations deliver to plan. Prior to co-founding BlogHer, Elisa ran a marketing consultancy, Worker Bees, that was among the first to integrate corporate marketing strategies into the social media environment. Worker Bees followed a successful career as in the cable broadband sector. Her most recent corporate position was Senior Director of Product Marketing at Terayon Communication Systems. Elisa is a frequent public speaker, bringing research data about women and online communities to life in recent keynote sessions at MediaBistro Circus, Fem 2.0, New Comm Forum and WOMMA Marketing Summit. Elisa is a founding Fellow of the Society for New Communications Research and serves on the Board of Directors of the 42nd Street Moon Theatre in San Francisco, the programming advisory committee for SXSW Interactive and the Board of Advisors of the Anita Borg Institute.

Jay Rosen

Jay Rosen has been on the faculty of the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute since 1986, and 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 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.

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. 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).

Scott Rosenberg

Writer, editor and website builder Scott Rosenberg is a cofounder of Salon.com and author of “Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It’s Becoming, and Why It Matters” (2009) and “Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest For Transcendent Software” (2007). Today he works as founder and director of MediaBugs.org, a service for reporting errors in media coverage. He also blogs at Wordyard.com and can be found on Twitter as @scottros.

At Salon, Scott served as technology editor and, from 1999 to 2004, as managing editor and vice president for editorial operations. He also started the Salon Blogs program in 2002 and began his own blog as part of it. Before leaving Salon in 2007, he conceived and prototyped the Open Salon blogging community.

Before Salon he wrote on theater, movies, and technology for the San Francisco Examiner for a decade and was honored with the George Jean Nathan Award for his criticism. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wired, and many other publications.

Rebecca Tushnet

Rebecca Tushnet is a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.  After clerking for Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and Associate Justice David H. Souter on the Supreme Court, she practiced intellectual property law at Debevoise & Plimpton before joining the NYU faculty, then moving to Georgetown. Her work currently focuses on copyright, trademark, and false advertising law.  She is a member of the board of the Organization for Transformative Works, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and promoting noncommercial fanworks. She is also an expert on the law of engagement rings.

Joan Walsh

Joan Walsh joined Salon in 1998 to become the first full-time news editor, and succeeded David Talbot as editor in chief in February 2005. Before that Walsh spent many years as a freelancer — including for Salon; she also ran her own business, consulting to national foundations and nonprofits on education, community development, and urban poverty issues. In the 1980s, Walsh was California bureau chief for In These Times and editor of the Santa Barbara News and Review (now the Independent). As a columnist for San Francisco Magazine, Walsh won Western Magazine Awards in 2004 and 2005 for writing about local politics. Walsh has written for everyone from the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post to Vogue and The Nation. In the last couple of years Walsh has become a regular on MSNBC and CNN, best known for debating conservatives like Dick Armey, David Frum, G. Gordon Liddy, and Pat Buchanan.