Jay Rosen is a press critic and writer whose primary focus is the media's role in a democracy. A member of the faculty since 1986, he teaches courses in media criticism, cultural journalism, press ethics and the journalistic tradition, among other subjects.
Since 1990, Professor Rosen has been a leading figure in the reform movement known as "public journalism," which calls on the press to take a more active role in strengthening citizenship, improving political debate and reviving public life. From 1993 to 1997, he was the Director of the Project on Public Life and the Press, funded by the Knight Foundation and housed at NYU. The project's goal was to further the movement for public journalism by holding seminars for working journalists and researching their experiments. Rosen's book on the subject, What Are Journalists For?, was published in 1999.
As a press critic and essayist, he writes frequently on media and political issues. His work has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Harpers, The Nation, The New York Times and Salon, among other venues. From 1993 to 1997, he was the media editor of Tikkun magazine, where he was often published.
In 1994 Rosen was a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University. In 1990-91 he held a fellowship at the Gannett Center for Media Studies at Columbia University, now the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center.