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Geanne Belton

Geanne RosenbergGeanne Belton is a Professor of Journalism at Baruch College and at City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism and a faculty associate at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Belton is an expert in news literacy and media law. She is available to comment on:

— News, digital and media literacy education
— Educating the public to be credible contributors to online content
— Educating the public to be more discerning consumers of online information
— Legal rights and responsibilities related to news gathering and publication.
— The value of an independent press and high quality journalism in society.

Belton is an inaugural member of the editorial board of a new journal on Digital and Media Literacy and Civic Engagement that will be published by the Knight School of Communication of Queens University of Charlotte, N.C. beginning in 2012. A journalist and attorney, Belton directs the Harnisch Collaborative Future of Journalism Projects and is the principal investigator of McCormick Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, and David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation-funded journalism. Rosenberg was founding chair of Baruch’s Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions. She is on the board of the Student Press Law Center.

Belton has written for The New York Times, the National Law Journal, Columbia Journalism Review, Nieman Journalism Lab and many other news media including business and local, community-oriented news outlets. She has worked on a pro bono basis at the Associated Press on state and federal freedom of information appeals. In 2010, she organized and directed the first-ever news literacy summit for high school students and a national workshop for news and media literacy experts. She wrote and produced Knight Citizen News Network’s Top Ten Rules for Limiting Legal Risk and the Citizen Journalist’s Guide to Open Government. Belton co-authored two Poynter Institute News University media law modules, including Online Media Law: The Basics for Bloggers and Other Online Publishers and the newly released Newsgathering Law & Liability: A Guide for Reporting.

Belton earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Bryn Mawr College and a master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University. She has a J.D. from Columbia University, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

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