Geanne (Rosenberg) Belton

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

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


Geanne (Rosenberg) Belton, a journalist and attorney, is a full professor at Baruch College of the City University of New York, a four-term faculty associate at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and an innovator in online education. Belton directs the Harnisch Journalism Projects -- strategic collaborative projects in the areas of journalism, online education, media law and news and information literacy.

Additionally, Belton is vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Student Press Law Center, a national organization devoted to supporting high school and college journalists and news producers with legal resources and education. She also is 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, 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, and is an elected member of CUNY Journalism's Governance Council.

Belton is a pioneer of online and hybrid model journalism and media law education. She co-produced and co-authored online teaching modules for national audiences in collaboration with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, J-Lab and the Poynter Institute. She created and teaches hybrid online journalism courses at Baruch College for students across the majors relating to news and information literacy, online research, social media, journalism and social media ethics and law (including defamation, copyright infringement, privacy, freedom of information and open government).

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.

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 the Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions.

In addition to her teaching and collaborative projects work, Belton 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.

Belton has written for the New York Times, the National Law Journal, Columbia Journalism Review, Nieman Journalism Lab and many other publications.

She 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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