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Jay Rosen
Born May 5, 1956 (1956-05-05) (age 53)
Buffalo, New York, USA
Occupation press critic, writer, and professor of journalism

Jay Rosen (born May 5, 1956 in Buffalo, New York) is a press critic, a writer, and a professor of journalism at New York University.

He is a strong supporter of citizen journalism, encouraging the press to take a more active interest in citizenship, improving public debate, and enhancing life. His book about the subject, What Are Journalists For? was published in 1999. Rosen is often described in the media as an intellectual leader of the movement of public journalism.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Rosen writes frequently about issues in journalism and developments in the media. His works have appeared in the New York Times,, Harper's Magazine, and The Nation.

He runs his own weblog called PressThink, which concentrates on what's happening to journalism in the age of the Net. It won the Reporters without Borders Freedom Blog award in 2005. He is also a semi-regular contributor to The Huffington Post.

Rosen currently resides in New York City.

In July 2006, he announced NewAssignment.Net, a project linking professional journalists and internet users. The project has received contributions of $10,000 by the Sunlight Foundation, $10,000 by Craig Newmark, $75,000 from Cambrian House and $100,000 by Reuters.


  1. ^ Professor presents the case for civic journalism. Denver Post, January 23, 2000, Page F-08; Quote: "Now comes Jay Rosen, the philosopher king of the public journalism"
  2. ^ MEDIA CRITIC DECRIES COVERAGE OF N.H. CAMPAIGN IS REPORTING USURPED BY 'ANALYSIS?' SIDEBAR TOO NEGATIVE? Boston Globe, February 26, 1996; Quote: "Jay Rosen, the New York University journalism professor who founded the "public journalism" movement"
  3. ^ Journalism and the public; Journalism tests new definition of involvement. Star Tribune, April 8, 1996; Quote:"journalism Prof. Jay Rosen of New York University, the leading theoretician of public journalism"
  4. ^ Good Question. New York Times, November 14, 1999; Quote:"Jay Rosen, an associate professor of journalism and mass communications at New York University, has been a prime advocate for public journalism"
  5. ^ CREATING A FORUM TO HELP SOLVE COMMUNITY PROBLEMS Miami Herald, March 6, 1994; Quote:"One of the principal theorists on the issue is Jay Rosen, a journalism professor at New York University and director of the Project on Public Life"
  6. ^ Public journalism seeks to bring communities closer together. The Gazette. August 10, 1996.Quote:"Jay Rosen, the New York University professor and a public journalism guru, brought that to the attention of us think-tankers [...]"
  7. ^ Gathering the news with you. News & Observer. October 13, 2007; Quote:"One of the gurus of networked journalism is New York University professor Jay Rosen."

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