Jay Rosen has been on the journalism faculty at New York University since 1986; from 1999 to 2005 he served as chair of the Department. He lives in New York City.
Rosen is the author of PressThink, his blog about journalism and its ordeals, which he introduced in September 2003. In June 2005, PressThink won the Reporters Without Borders 2005 Freedom Blog award for outstanding defence of free expression. In July 2006 he announced the debut of newassignment.net, his experimental site for pro-am, open source reporting projects. The first one was called Assignment Zero, a collaboration with wired.com. A second project was offthebus.net with the Huffington Post. He is also the author of What Are Journalists For? which examines the rise of the civic journalism movement.
A native of Buffalo, NY, Rosen had a very brief career in journalism at the Buffalo Courier-Express before beginning graduate study. He has a PhD from NYU in media studies.