Leading Media Critic, Journalism Professor Jay Rosen to Visit Center for Collaborative Journalism


MACON – Noted media critic and professor of journalism at New York University Jay Rosen will visit Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism (CCJ) today.

Rosen will tour the CCJ and speak to Mercer students before participating in a live taping of “The Pub,” Current.org's weekly podcast covering public media hosted by Adam Ragusea, journalist-in-residence and visiting assistant professor of journalism.

The live taping, which will take place in CCJ Room 131, is open, but space is limited, so anyone planning to attend must RSVP online.

“We are honored to host one of the leading voices in the field,” CCJ Executive Director Tim Regan-Porter said. “His visit to learn from our program highlights what we've accomplished in four short years, and I know that we, along with everyone who attends the taping, will benefit from his expertise and insight.”

Rosen is one of the leading media critics and journalism thinkers in the country. He is a professor and former department chair of journalism at NYU, where he has served on the faculty since 1986. He is also the author of the influential blog PressThink.

Rosen was one of the first to talk seriously about citizen journalism. His 1999 book What Are Journalists For? is a seminal text on the topic. He has been one of the loudest voices in questioning media's attempts to appear impartial, applying the phrase “the view from nowhere” to this approach. He also wrote about “the people formally known as the audience” in a well-known post in 2006.

Rosen has published his media criticism in outlets such as The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post. He has advised Wikipedia, Digital First Media, The Gazette Company, Post Media, New Republic magazine, Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media and more.

In 1994, Rosen 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.

About the Center for Collaborative Journalism

The Center for Collaborative Journalism (CCJ) is a unique partnership between Mercer University, The Telegraph and Georgia Public Broadcasting, with generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Peyton Anderson Foundation. The Center's groundbreaking collaboration has students, faculty and veteran journalists working together in a joint newsroom. Learning in a “teaching hospital” model, students engage the community using the latest digital tools and leave with a strong portfolio of published work.

Kyle is senior director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he serves as editor of the Mercerian alumni magazine and News@Mercer e-newsletters, and he coordinates hometown and university news releases.