Geanne Perlman Rosenberg Belton is a faculty associate at the Berkman Center. A journalist and attorney, Geanne is a professor of journalism at Baruch College of the City University of New York and director of the Harnisch Journalism Projects. She also serves as a member of the consortial faculty of City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Geanne works on national collaborative projects relating to:
1. Media law and empowering students, journalists, online publishers and social media participants with media law and ethics education and resources;
2. News literacy and information quality education to help teenagers and adults become more discerning consumers of and contributors to online information.
3. Future of journalism-oriented projects that promote a diversity of voices.
Geanne has written for the New York Times, the National Law Journal, Columbia Journalism Review, Nieman Journalism Lab and many other publications, including business and local, community-oriented news outlets. She has worked on a pro bono basis at the Associated Press on state and federal freedom of information appeals. In 2010, she organized and directed the first-ever news literacy summit for high school students and a national workshop for news and media literacy experts.
She authored and produced Knight Citizen News Network’s Top Ten Rules for Limiting Legal Risk and the Citizen Journalist’s Guide to Open Government, and co-authored two Poynter Institute News University media law modules, including Online Media Law: The Basics for Bloggers and Other Online Publishers and newly released Newsgathering Law & Liability: A Guide for Reporters and recently authored Needle in a Haystack: Digital Lieracy in the Age of Infinite Information.
Geanne has a J.D. from Columbia University’s School of Law, where she was 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. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Student Press Law Center, a national organization devoted to supporting high school and college journalism with legal resources and education.