Geanne Belton, a journalist and attorney, is a professor at Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
Her areas of expertise include media law and empowering those engaged in public interest journalism with media law education and resources; news literacy; and information quality education to help teenagers and adults become more discerning consumers of and contributors to news information.
Geanne directs the Harnisch Collaborative Future of Journalism Projects and is the principal investigator of McCormick Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, and David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation-funded journalism projects relating to media law, journalism education, citizen journalism, and news literacy. She was founding chair of Baruch’s Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions.
Geanne has written for The New York Times, the National Law Journal, Columbia Journalism Review, Nieman Journalism Lab, and many other news outlets. She has worked on a pro bono basis at the Associated Press on state and federal freedom of information appeals. In 2010, she organized and directed the first-ever news literacy summit for high school students and a national workshop for news and media literacy experts.
She authored and produced Knight Citizen News Network’s Top Ten Rules for Limiting Legal Risk and the Citizen Journalist’s Guide to Open Government and co-authored two Poynter Institute News University media law modules, including Online Media Law: The Basics for Bloggers and Other Online Publishers and newly released Newsgathering Law & Liability: A Guide for Reporters.
Geanne has a J.D. from Columbia University’s School of Law, where she was 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. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Student Press Law Center, a national organization devoted to supporting high school and college journalism with legal resources and education. In addition to being a faculty associate at Harvard’s Berkman Center, she also serves as a Berkman Center Youth and Media Lab mentor.