Prof. Geanne (Rosenberg) Belton

Geanne Belton

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

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


Geanne Belton, a journalist and attorney, is a professor at Baruch College and a faculty member at City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism.  Belton specializes in media law and ethics, news and digital and social media literacy, and online education.  She creates and teaches hybrid online news literacy courses and hybrid and fully online journalism law and ethics courses.  She is an alumna of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University where she served as a faculty associate from 2011 to 2017.

Belton 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 for projects relating to news literacy, media law, the future of journalism education, empowering and protecting citizen journalists, and supporting high school journalism. ​

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.

At CUNY J-School, Belton developed the Social Journalism law and ethics course, co-developed the media law and ethics subject concentration, co-developed journalism faculty promotion and standards guidelines as a member of CUNY Journalism's faculty scholarship committee, and chairs 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 Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society (now the Berkman Klein 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, 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.   She served as vice chair, chair of the Governance Committee and chair of the Programming Committee.

Belton, under the byline Geanne Rosenberg, has written for the New York Times, the National Law Journal, Columbia Journalism Review, Nieman Journalism Lab and many other newspapers, magazines and digital 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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