Bio

Mitchell Stephens published three new books in the past year: Imagine There’s No Heaven: How Atheism Helped Create the Modern World (Palgrave Macmillan), Beyond News: The Future of Journalism (Columbia University Press) and Journalism Unbound: New Approaches to Writing and Reporting (Oxford University Press).

He is also the author of A History of News, an extended history of journalism that has been translated into four languages and was a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year.” (A new edition was published by Oxford University Press in fall 2006.) His well reviewed book, the rise of the image the fall of the word, a historical analysis of our current communications revolution, was published in 1998 and is available from Oxford University Press. Professor Stephens is also the author of Broadcast News (now in its fourth edition), the most widely used radio and television news textbook, and the co-author of Writing and Reporting the News (a third edition of this book was recently published by Oxford).

He is a long-time professor of Journalism at New York University and has served three terms as chair of the Department of Journalism there. In 2009 he was a fellow at the Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, working on a project on the future of journalism.

Prof. Stephens’ current projects include a call for expanding the possibilities of journalism and  journalism education for Oxford University Press and a book on the future of journalism for Columbia University Press.

Over the years, Professor Stephens has written numerous articles on media issues and aspects of contemporary thought for publications such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the Columbia Journalism Review. He was one of five editors of the book Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report September 11. A new edition of this book will be published by the September 11 Memorial.

In 2001, Professor Stephens completed a trip around the world, during which he reported on globalization for the public radio program “Marketplace” and the webzine FEED and wrote essays on travel for LonelyPlanet.com. His commentaries have aired on NPR’s “On the Media.” He has been history consultant to the Newseum.

Professor Stephens has been involved in a number of media development projects overseas since 1993 – including two large State Department University-Partnership Grants, which he directed, with Rostov State University in Russia. Professor Stephens has also taught or organized exchanges in Georgia, Ghana and India. He was director of the Russian-American Journalism Institute in Rostov.

In 2006, Professor Stephens won a grant from the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education toward research on new models of journalism education.