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“The Medicare Feud Explained: Both Sides Would Cut But GOP More” Los Angeles Times, August 16
“CJR’s Required Skimming Lists” The Future Journalism Project, August 16
“Diane Sawyer’s ‘Hot’ Newscast” CNN, July 15
“The Fight Over Bain Capital” On the Media, July 13
“Media lessons from Scandinavia, where press self-regulation works” The Guardian, July 4
“The responsibility of finance reporters” Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Media Report, June 29
“Obama campaign outspending Romney’s for Denver TV ads” Westword, June 21
“What’s the future for newspapers?” Cleveland Public Radio’s The Sound of Ideas, June 21

Staff Experts

CJR staff can comment on critical issues and developing concerns in the worlds of reporting and news media. Below, click on an area of expertise for select staff bios and contact information. To arrange interviews, or for general inquiries, email media@cjr.org.

Politics & Policy
Financial News
Science
The News Biz
The Future of Media
Magazine

Politics & Policy

Liz Cox Barrett: Election reporting, campaign finance coverage
Barrett is a staff writer, and co-edits CJR’s United States Project. She began as an assistant editor for the magazine in 2002 and joined the staff of CJR’s Campaign Desk at its launch in 2004. Since then, she has reported on campaign coverage and campaign finance issues.
(O): 212-854-8339 - lizcoxbarrett@gmail.com

Trudy Lieberman: Healthcare plans; health insurance; Medicare; Social Security; retirement income
Lieberman is a longtime CJR contributing editor and a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health, where she blogs at preparedpatientforum.org. She has lectured widely on health care and the media, and has recently moderated discussions at the Association of Health Care Journalists, Academy Health, Alliance for Health Reform, and more. The recipient of two Fulbright Scholar awards, Lieberman is also an adviser to HeaRT, a training project funded by the European Union to train health reporters in Europe.
trudy.lieberman@gmail.com @Trudy_Lieberman

Greg Marx: Election reporting; coverage of Congress; polarization and partisanship; tax and budget policy
Marx is a staff writer, and co-edits CJR’s United States Project. He has worked for community news sites in New Jersey and covered national policy issues for Remapping Debate, a nonprofit startup news site.
(O): 212-854-1883 - (M): 646-522-1031 - gam2128@columbia.edu @GregAMarx

Financial News

Ryan Chittum: Business and financial journalism; the business of news; the News Corp. hacking scandal
Chittum is deputy editor of The Audit, CJR’s online critique of financial journalism. He has been at CJR since 2007 and is a former staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where he covered telecommunications and real estate. He co-edited The Best Business Writing 2012, published by Columbia University Press.
(M): 917-386-8560 - ryanchittum@gmail.com @RyanChittum

Dean Starkman: Business and financial journalism; the future of news; the News Corp. hacking scandal; the history of business journalism; the financial crisis and the media
Starkman is editor of The Audit. A reporter for two decades, Starkman spent eight years as a Wall Street Journal staff writer, and a year covering white-collar crime on a contract for The Washington Post. A former chief of The Providence Journal’s investigative unit, he helped lead the team that won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Investigations. He co-edited The Best Business Writing 2012, published by Columbia University Press.
(O): 212-854-2373 - dean@deanstarkman.com @DeanStarkman

The News Biz

Brent Cunningham: Issues of objectivity, socioeconomics, class, transparency in journalism
Cunningham is deputy editor of the Columbia Journalism Review. He has written for The Washington Post, USA Today, The Nation, Lapham’s Quarterly, CNN.com and Nieman Reports, among other publications. His critical writing about the press was included in the anthology “Our Unfree Press: One Hundred Years of Radical Media Criticism.” His writing about food was selected for the “Best Food Writing 2012” anthology. He is at work on a book about a West Virginia town that is trying to build a healthier food culture. It is slated for publication by Simon & Schuster in 2013.
(O): 212-854-1882 - wbc7@columbia.edu

Kira Goldenberg: General journalism issues, recent features
Goldenberg is a CJR associate editor. She was the founding local editor of the Ridgefield Patch news site in Connecticut. Prior to that, she was a reporter at The Day newspaper in New London, Connecticut. Her writing has appeared in The Hartford Courant, Down East Magazine, the Hairpin, and on GOOD Magazine’s website.
kg2112@columbia.edu @kiragoldenberg

Michael Meyer: innovation, new media, the business of news
Meyer is a staff writer for CJR, where he runs the Guide to Online News Startups, CJR.org’s project chronicling digital news outlets. Media consultant James Breiner has called him “one of the few people paying close attention to business models of new digital media.” He’s also reported extensively on the newspaper industry. His feature documentary “Camera, Camera,” which told the story of Western tourists taking photographs in Laos, was an official selection of the Los Angeles Film Festival and the AFI/Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival in 2010. He co-edited the feature documentary “Luxury Liner,” which told the story of the first ascent of the Supercrack Buttress in Utah’s Indian Creek, a seminal moment in modern rock climbing. He holds an English degree from Colorado College and is a native of Farmington, New Mexico.
(M) 505-506-3400 - meyer.cjr@gmail.com

The Future of Media

Michael Meyer: innovation, new media, the business of news
Meyer is a staff writer for CJR, where he runs the Guide to Online News Startups, CJR.org’s project chronicling digital news outlets. Media consultant James Breiner has called him “one of the few people paying close attention to business models of new digital media.” He’s also reported extensively on the newspaper industry. His feature documentary “Camera, Camera,” which told the story of Western tourists taking photographs in Laos, was an official selection of the Los Angeles Film Festival and the AFI/Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival in 2010. He co-edited the feature documentary “Luxury Liner,” which told the story of the first ascent of the Supercrack Buttress in Utah’s Indian Creek, a seminal moment in modern rock climbing. He holds an English degree from Colorado College and is a native of Farmington, New Mexico.
(M) 505-506-3400 - meyer.cjr@gmail.com

Dean Starkman: Business and financial journalism; the future of news; the News Corp. hacking scandal; the history of business journalism; the financial crisis and the media
Starkman is editor of The Audit, and is CJR’s Kingsford Capital Fellow. A reporter for two decades, Starkman spent eight years as a Wall Street Journal staff writer, and a year covering white-collar crime on a contract for The Washington Post. A former chief of The Providence Journal’s investigative unit, he helped lead the team that won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Investigations. He co-edited The Best Business Writing 2012, published by Columbia University Press.
(O): 212-854-2373 - dean@deanstarkman.com @DeanStarkman

The Magazine

Brent Cunningham: Issues of objectivity, socioeconomics, class, transparency in journalism
Cunningham is deputy editor of the Columbia Journalism Review. He has written for The Washington Post, USA Today, The Nation, Lapham’s Quarterly, CNN.com and Nieman Reports, among other publications. His critical writing about the press was included in the anthology “Our Unfree Press: One Hundred Years of Radical Media Criticism.” His writing about food was selected for the “Best Food Writing 2012” anthology. He is at work on a book about a West Virginia town that is trying to build a healthier food culture. It is slated for publication by Simon & Schuster in 2013.
(O): 212-854-1882 - wbc7@columbia.edu

Kira Goldenberg: General journalism issues, recent features
Goldenberg is a CJR associate editor. She was the founding local editor of the Ridgefield Patch news site in Connecticut. Prior to that, she was a reporter at The Day newspaper in New London, Connecticut. Her writing has appeared in The Hartford Courant, Down East Magazine, the Hairpin, and on GOOD Magazine’s website.
kg2112@columbia.edu @kiragoldenberg

Dennis Giza: History of Columbia Journalism Review; nonprofit journalism management
Giza is acting publisher of CJR, where he oversees the business operations and finances for the publication and website. Giza joined CJR in 1984 as the magazine’s Business Office Assistant and was promoted to a variety of posts before being named to his current position in 2011. Prior to working for CJR, Giza worked at the American Arbitration Association where he was the Assistant Supervisor of the labor tribunal in the New York office.
(O): 212-854-2718 - dfg2@columbia.edu

Victor Navasky: General journalism issues; magazine publishing
Navasky is CJR’s chairman. He has served as editor, publisher, and now publisher emeritus of The Nation, which he joined in 1978. He is also the George Delacorte Professor of Magazine Journalism at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where he directs the Delacorte Center. In the 1970s, he served as an editor at The New York Times Magazine. His books include Naming Names, which won a National Book Award for nonfiction, and A Matter of Opinion, which won the George Polk Book Award. His next book, The Art of Making Magazines, will be published in September 2012 by Columbia University Press.
(O): 212-854-5751 - vsn2@columbia.edu

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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