Director and Founder, Project for Excellence in Journalism
Tom Rosenstiel is an author and journalist and the director and founder of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, a think tank that studies the news media, which is part of the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. He is vice chairman of the Committee of Concerned Journalists (CCJ).At the Project for Excellence in Journalism, he is the editor and principal author of the Annual Report on the State of the News Media, a comprehensive report on the health of American journalism. He also directs other research efforts, including the News Coverage Index, a weekly real time content analysis of the mainstream press, and the New Media Index, a content analysis of blogs and social media.
He is the award-winning co-author (with journalist Bill Kovach) of “Blur: How to Know What’s True in the Age of Information Overload”; “The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect”; and “Warp Speed: America in The Age of Mixed Media.”
Rosenstiel is also the co-editor of “Thinking Clearly: Cases in Journalistic Decision Making” and the author of “We Interrupt This Newscast: How to Improve TV News and Win Ratings, Too” and “Strange Bedfellows: How Television and the Presidential Candidates Changed American Politics, 1992.” His writing has appeared in such publications as Esquire, The New Republic, The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review and The Washington Monthly.
He is co-author of CCJ’s “Traveling Curriculum,” a mid-career education program that has trained more than 6,000 journalists in print, TV and online newsrooms nationwide.
A journalist for more than 30 years, Rosenstiel worked as media critic for the Los Angeles Times and MSNBC’s “The News with Brian Williams,” and chief congressional correspondent for Newsweek magazine.
He is a frequent commentator on radio and television and in print and a frequent lecturer and analyst on the revolution in media.