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CJR in the News

“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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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