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Tom Rosenstiel

Nonresident Senior Fellow - Governance Studies

Author, journalist, and researcher, Tom Rosenstiel is one of the nation's most recognized thinkers on the future of media. Executive director of the American Press Institute since January 2013, he previously was founder and for 16 years director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism at the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., and co-founder and vice chair of the Committee of Concerned Journalists. He also worked as media writer for The Los Angeles Times for a decade, chief congressional correspondent for Newsweek, press critic for MSNBC, business editor of the Peninsula Times Tribune, a reporter for Jack Anderson’s Washington Merry Go ‘Round column. He began his journalism career at the Woodside Country Almanac in his native northern California.

He is the author of seven books, including "The Elements of Journalism: What News People Should Know and the Public Should Expect," now in its third edition, which has been called “The most important book on the relationship of journalism and democracy published in the last fifty years” (Roy Peter Clark, (Poynter), "a modern classic" (Bill Safire, New York Times), and one of the five "essential books" on journalism (Roger Mudd, Wall Street Journal). Elements has been translated into more than 25 languages and is used in every major journalism school in the United States. His other books include "Blur: How to Know What’s True in the Age of Information Overload" (2011) and "The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century," co-edited with Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute (2013). His books and research have generated more than 50,000 academic citations, a measure of the unusual reach and longevity of his work and ideas on a generation of scholars.

Among his awards, he is a four-time winner of both the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Journalism Research and the national prize for media criticism from Penn State, the Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism from the University of Missouri Journalism School, the Dewitt Carter Reddick Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement in the Field of Communications from the University of Texas at Austin, the Columbia Journalism School Distinguished Alumni Award and the Goldsmith Book Award from Harvard.

Author, journalist, and researcher, Tom Rosenstiel is one of the nation’s most recognized thinkers on the future of media. Executive director of the American Press Institute since January 2013, he previously was founder and for 16 years director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism at the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., and co-founder and vice chair of the Committee of Concerned Journalists. He also worked as media writer for The Los Angeles Times for a decade, chief congressional correspondent for Newsweek, press critic for MSNBC, business editor of the Peninsula Times Tribune, a reporter for Jack Anderson’s Washington Merry Go ‘Round column. He began his journalism career at the Woodside Country Almanac in his native northern California.

He is the author of seven books, including “The Elements of Journalism: What News People Should Know and the Public Should Expect,” now in its third edition, which has been called “The most important book on the relationship of journalism and democracy published in the last fifty years” (Roy Peter Clark, (Poynter), “a modern classic” (Bill Safire, New York Times), and one of the five “essential books” on journalism (Roger Mudd, Wall Street Journal). Elements has been translated into more than 25 languages and is used in every major journalism school in the United States. His other books include “Blur: How to Know What’s True in the Age of Information Overload” (2011) and “The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century,” co-edited with Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute (2013). His books and research have generated more than 50,000 academic citations, a measure of the unusual reach and longevity of his work and ideas on a generation of scholars.

Among his awards, he is a four-time winner of both the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Journalism Research and the national prize for media criticism from Penn State, the Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism from the University of Missouri Journalism School, the Dewitt Carter Reddick Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement in the Field of Communications from the University of Texas at Austin, the Columbia Journalism School Distinguished Alumni Award and the Goldsmith Book Award from Harvard.

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