Associate Director of Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, Director of Business and Economic Reporting and Marjorie Deane Professor of Financial Journalism
New York University
Stephen D. Solomon is associate director of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and director of the MA programme in Business and Economic Reporting, which he founded in 1999. His latest book, Revolutionary Dissent: How the Founding Generation Created the Freedom of Speech, was published by St Martin’s Press in 2016. It explores how the raucous political protest of the nation’s founding period gave meaning to the freedoms of speech and press at a time when it was a crime to criticise government and public officials. He is currently working on a book (Bloomsbury Press, expected in 2021) that will tell the narrative story of the birth of America’s Bill of Rights. He is founding editor of FirstAmendmentWatch.org, a website that launched in October 2017. It provides news, commentary, and legal and historical context for the many free speech conflicts around America.
Steve received his BA degree from Pennsylvania State University and his JD from Georgetown University Law Centre. In addition to business journalism, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the First Amendment. He was awarded NYU’s Golden Dozen Award for excellence in teaching. His earlier book, Ellery’s Protest: How One Young Man Defied Tradition and Sparked the Battle Over School Prayer, explores the landmark 1963 case (Abington School District v. Schempp) in which the United States Supreme Court ruled that state-sponsored prayer and Bible reading in the public schools violated religious liberty as protected by the First Amendment. The case still inflames passions today as Americans debate what role, if any, that religion, prayer, creationism, intelligent design, and the Ten Commandments should play in the public schools. He is also co-author of Building 6: The Tragedy at Bridesburg, an investigation of the working conditions that caused the deaths of 54 men from respiratory cancer at Rohm and Haas, at the time a Fortune 500 chemical company. The revelations in the book led to legal action by victims’ families against the company, and they received a multi-million dollar settlement. Steve was a writer at Fortune magazine and has written for many other national publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and Inc. His articles have won the two most prestigious awards for business writing, the Gerald Loeb Award and the John Hancock Award for Excellence, as well as the Hillman Prize.
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Marjorie Deane Professor of Financial Journalism
City, University of London
Professor Jane Martinson is the Marjorie Deane Professor of Financial Journalism. Her specialisms are the media, business, finance and women’s issues. She read English at Cambridge University before gaining a postgraduate qualification in newspaper journalism at City University. She worked briefly on a local newspaper before joining the Financial Times, where she wrote about companies, markets, natural resources and corporate governance. She joined the Guardian as the US business correspondent based in New York, covering the early dot com boom and Wall Street as well as politics and the environment. She spent 18 years as a member of the award-winning senior editorial leadership team at the Guardian. Her career included stints as city news editor, covering annual budgets and all financial news and several years writing her own weekly interview slot, before becoming media editor and then head of media, with overall responsibility for the Guardian’s online and print department. She was also women’s editor for many years and is still a Guardian columnist. As a former chair of Women in Journalism, she was responsible for a ground-breaking piece of research on the way women are portrayed in the media and was asked to give evidence to the House of Lords communications committee on the issue of diversity. She is still a committee member of Women in Journalism and a trustee of Women in Sport. In 2016 she started as a visiting lecturer in the journalism department at Goldsmiths University before her appointment as Marjorie Deane professor at City, University of London in 2018.
Emeritus Marjorie Deane Professor of Financial Journalism
City, University of London
Before joining City University, Professor Schifferes was economics correspondent for BBC News Online, co-ordinating coverage of the credit crunch, the Asian financial crisis, the Enron scandal, and the launch of the euro. He reported from the USA during the sub-prime crisis, the Iraq war and the Obama election and from Bangalore, Shanghai and Detroit on globalisation and its discontents. Previously he was a television producer for programmes including On the Record and the Money Programme (BBC) and Weekend World (LWT) as well as a documentary film maker (Breadline Britain, Fortune, and The Making of Modern London for LWT). Professor Schifferes retired in 2017.
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