About Me

I’m an ethnographer and historian who studies the news, and how changes in technology, culture and economics are shaping journalism.
17990789_379907089070988_4062489164364583029_nIn the Fall of 2017 I will be taking a new role as Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds, and will be on leave from my position as an Associate Professor at the College of Staten Island (CUNY) and the CUNY Graduate Center. In the Spring of 2016 I was a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication. I am the author or co-author a number of , or co-editor of 4 books: Rebuilding the News (Temple University Press), The SAGE Handbook of Digital Journalism (with Tamara Witschge, David Domingo, and Alfred Hermida); Remaking the News (with Pablo Boczkowski, The MIT Press), and The News Media: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Michael Schudson and Len Downie, Oxford University Press). I am currently completing a monograph provisionally titled Apostles of Certainty: Data Journalism and the Politics of Doubt (Oxford).

I was born in Cleveland, Ohio and lived in various parts of New Jersey from age 4 until 18. I did my BA in Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington, and then worked as a community organizer in Houston, TX and Jersey City, New Jersey. From August 2001 until today I’ve lived in Brooklyn, NY, with my wife Jessica Kaufman and an assorted crew of cats. I used to be more politically radical than I am today but still hate the bad guys, and anyway, I have always been wary of too much certainty in politics and in life.

“Information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, wisdom is not truth, truth is not beauty, beauty is not love, love is not music. Music is the best.” (FZ)

3 Responses to “About Me”
  1. Sheila Marikar says:

    Hi CW, do you have a few minutes today to talk with ABC News about Jon Stewart’s affect on public policy? (In the wake of the 9/11 responders health care bill passing.) Please let me know at your earliest convenience.

    Sheila Marikar

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