Geanne Belton, a journalist and attorney, is a professor at Baruch College and a faculty member at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Belton specializes in media law and ethics, news and digital and social media literacy, and online education. She is currently writing a book for Oxford University Press on news literacy and critically reading and sharing information in our digital age.
Belton is an alumna of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University where she served as a faculty associate from 2011 to 2017. Until recently, she also served as a member of the board of directors of the Student Press Law Center.
Belton received a Whiting Award for excellence in teaching and grant awards from the Carnegie Corporation, the Harnisch Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the McCormick Foundation, and the Moore Foundation for projects relating to news literacy, media law, the future of journalism education, empowering and protecting citizen journalists, and supporting high school journalism.
Belton has co-produced online teaching modules for national audiences in collaboration with Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society (now the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society), J-Lab, and the Poynter Institute on subjects including defamation, privacy law, copyright infringement, news-gathering liability, and avoiding plagiarism and fabrication.
Under the byline Geanne Rosenberg, she has written for The New York Times, the National Law Journal, Columbia Journalism Review, Nieman Journalism Lab, and many other newspapers, magazines, and digital publications.
Belton has a J.D. from Columbia University’s School of Law, where she graduated as 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.