Prof. Geanne (Rosenberg) Belton

Geanne (Rosenberg) Belton

Media law, ethics, legal, regulatory issues, legal profession, securities industry

Phone: (646) 312-3969
Location: VC 7-267


Geanne Belton (formerly Rosenberg), a journalist and attorney, is a professor at Baruch College and a faculty associate at Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.  Belton specializes in news and digital and social media literacy, media law and ethics, and online education.  She created and teaches hybrid online journalism and news literacy courses and a fully online media law and ethics course at Baruch College, as well as other journalism courses.  For the last decade, she has served in an executive director capacity as faculty lead and principle fundraiser for Baruch College's New York City-wide High School Journalism Program.

Belton directed Baruch College's journalism program for the four years leading to the creation and launch of both a stand-alone journalism major and the Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions. She served for three years immediately following her directorship as the first chair of Baruch's Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions.

She received a Whiting Award for excellence in teaching and grant awards from the Carnegie Corporation, the Harnisch Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the McCormick Foundation and the Moore Foundation.

In addition to her work at Baruch, she serves as a consortial faculty member of CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism where she co-developed the media law and ethics subject concentration, co-developed faculty promotion and standards guidelines as a member of CUNY Journalism's faculty scholarship committee, and leads a CUNY-wide news and digital literacy faculty committee to promote news and digital literacy education throughout the vast City University of New York network. 

Belton co-produced and co-authored online teaching modules for national audiences in collaboration with the then-Berkman Center for Internet & Society, J-Lab and the Poynter Institute on subjects including defamation, privacy law, copyright infringement, newsgathering liability, and avoiding plagiarism and fabrication.

Belton also spent a summer contributing on a pro bono basis to state and federal freedom of information appeals at the Associated Press and, in 2013, served as an adjunct professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she created media law-related moot court problems for legal research and writing students. From 2010 through 2016, with roles including vice chair, chair of the Governance Committee and chair of the Programming Committee, Belton served on the Board of Directors of the Student Press Law Center, a national organization devoted to supporting high school and college student journalists with legal resources and education.

Belton has written for the New York Times, the National Law Journal, Columbia Journalism Review, Nieman Journalism Lab and many other publications.  She is currently writing a book on finding, verifying and responsibly sharing information in this digital age. 

Belton has a J.D. from Columbia University's School of Law, where she graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism; and a B.A. in English from Bryn Mawr College.


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