Jason Samuels is an associate professor of journalism at NYU, and an Emmy Award-winning network news and documentary producer.
Most recently Jason served as a senior segment producer with the HBO news magazine Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.
Before joining HBO Jason spent three years at CNN where he was the writer and producer of the primetime documentaries: Obama Revealed: The Man, The President, Silicon Valley: The New Promise Land and Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door.
Jason has also developed and produced original content as a senior producer at ESPN, BET and ABC News Digital, where he was the executive in charge of the World News Webcast with Charles Gibson, an innovative live network newscast produced exclusively for the web.
As a long-form producer at NBC News from 1995 to 2006, Jason produced several primetime documentaries including: A Pattern of Suspicion. This groundbreaking data-driven examination of racial profiling was awarded several of the most prestigious prizes in broadcast journalism including an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, an RTNDA-Edward R. Murrow Award and an Investigative Reporter and Editor Award.
Jason began his career in journalism as a news writer and producer at WCVB-TV in Boston (1993).
Jay Rosen has been on the faculty since 1986, and from 1999 to 2005 he served as chair of the Department. He lives in New York City.
Rosen is the author of PressThink, a weblog about journalism and its ordeals (www.pressthink.org), which he introduced in September 2003. In June 2005, PressThink won the Reporters Without Borders 2005 Freedom Blog award for outstanding defense of free expression. In April 2007 PressThink recorded its two millionth visit.
He also blogs at the Huffington Post. In July 2006 he announced the debut 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 is OfftheBus.Net with the Huffington Post.
Rosen is also a member of the Wikipedia Advisory Board.
In 1999, Yale University Press published his book, What Are Journalists For?, which is about the rise of the civic journalism movement. (sample chapter) Rosen wrote and spoke frequently about civic journalism (also called public journalism) over a ten-year period, 1989-99. From 1993 to 1997 he was the director of the Project on Public Life and the Press, funded by the Knight Foundation.
As a press critic and reviewer, he has published in The Nation, Columbia Journalism Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and others. Online he has written for Salon.com, TomPaine.com and Poynter.org. In 1990 he and Neil Postman (friend, colleague, mentor) hosted a radio show on WBAI in New York called “The Zeitgeist Hour.”
In 1994 he was a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, and in 1990-91 he held a fellowship at the Gannett Center for Media Studies at Columbia University.
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 Ph.D. from NYU in media studies (1986).
Josh Davis is a journalist and documentary videomaker, and he is currently a video journalist at The New York Times. Josh produced and directed NPR’s Emmy-award winning interactive documentary Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt. With MediaStorm, he co-produced a documentary for CNN and a Webby Award-winning documentary series about photography.
Josh earned his M.A. in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was a Roy H. Park Fellow. At UNC, he served as the managing editor of the Emmy-nominated interactive documentary, 100 Gallons, and he produced The Undocumentary, a two-year reporting project about the lives of undocumented immigrant activists living in North Carolina. More of Josh’s work can be found at joshdavis.org and on Twitter.
Nadja Popovich is an interactive journalist at the Guardian in New York, where she writes and makes graphics with a focus on health, science and politics. At the Guardian since 2012, she is a part of the award-winning team behind NSA Files: Decoded. In Spring 2015, she is co-teaching Studio 2, a project-based keystone course in Studio 20. She received a bachelor's degree in global health from McGill University, and a master's degree in journalism from NYU.
Lauren Rabaino is the product manager for Vox Media's Editorial Apps team, a group that builds reporting and presentation tools for all seven of the company's newsrooms. She also product manages Vox Media's technology and culture website, The Verge.
Clay Shirky holds a joint appointment at NYU as Associate Professor in the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and Associate Arts Professor at the Interactive Telecommunications Program. He has written extensively about the Internet since 1996. His columns and writings have appeared in Business 2.0, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review and Wired, and is the author of two recent books on social media, Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age (2010) and Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations (2008). Shirky was named one of Foreign Policy's “Top 100 Global Thinkers” in 2010.
Jonathan Soma is a Ruby on Rails developer who focuses on making unapproachable data accessible. He has made maps, processed data, and crowdsourced stories with ProPublica, WNYC, The New York Times, and others.
In 2009 he helped create Big Apple Ed, a web application that crunched NYC school data, which was awarded third place in New York City's first annual Big Apps contest.
Soma's personal projects - analyzing the Japanese census, MTA travel times and more - have been featured everywhere from Gawker to The New York Times Style section.
In 2010 Soma founded the Brooklyn Brainery (www.brooklynbrainery.com), a community-driven school and workspace. He instructs on neuroscience, the Loch Ness Monster, and everything in between. He is also a speaker at Masters of Social Gastronomy (hellomsg.tumblr.com), a monthly lecture series on culinary history, food science and culture.
A graduate of the University of Virginia, Soma has been living in New York since 2007.
Ruth Spencer is managing editor of the Guardian US. Previously, she was community editor and editorial projects lead. Originally from Montreal, she's a graduate of NYU's Studio 20 programme and a former editor at the European Journalism Centre in Maastricht, Holland. Follow her on Twitter @ruths and Google+
David Westphal is a veteran newspaper editor and reporter, now an independent journalist in New York. He previously served as editor of The Record in Cedar Falls, Iowa, managing editor of The Des Moines Register and Washington Bureau Chief for McClatchy Newspapers. Most recently, he was editor of the California HealthCare Foundation’s Center for Health Reporting at the University of Southern California, where he also taught a graduate course, Entrepreneurship in the New Media. He has won the National Press Club’s Washington Correspondence Award and is two-time winner of the John Hancock Award for Business and Financial reporting.