Marci Burdick and Jay Rosen have been elected to The Gazette Company board of directors.
Rosen is a professor of journalism at New York University, specializing in the development of journalism in the digital age. Burdick, Senior Vice President – Electronic Division at Schurz Communications, is a leader in the broadcast industry. Both new directors bring digital expertise to the company’s core print and broadcast journalism operations.
They join Chairman Joe Hladky, President Chuck Peters, Treasurer Ken Slaughter, Secretary Elizabeth Schott, Don Barry, John Hladky, Jack Evans, Charles Funk and Elizabeth Barry (emeritus) on the company’s board.
The Gazette Company, doing business as SourceMedia Group, is a diverse local media company which reaches more than 310,000 people in the Eastern Iowa region every day through The Gazette, local ABC affiliate KCRG-TV9, and numerous websites including TheGazette.com, KCRG.com and HooplaNow.com. The company also is a leader in commercial offset and digital printing.
About Marci Burdick:
Marci Burdick is Senior Vice-President-Electronic Division for Schurz Communications, a position she’s held since February 2003. Her responsibilities include supervision of 2 cable companies and 9 television stations and 13 radio stations. Other positions Burdick has held within the Schurz organization include Television VP, President/General Manager of WAGT-TV in Augusta Georgia (June 2000-September 2002) and News Director at KYTV, Springfield, Missouri (1988-2000). Prior to that, she was anchor/news director at KOTA TV and KEVN TV, both in her hometown of Rapid City, South Dakota. Burdick has worked continuously in the media since age 14, beginning with an after-school job in radio. She moved into television just out of high school, working full time while carrying a full college course load.
She has won numerous awards for excellence in journalism both as a reporter and news manager. They include 2 national Edward R. Murrow awards, many regional Murrows, 4 regional Emmy awards, the national Iris Award, the national Silver Gavel Award and several dozen state broadcast association awards. In 2010, Burdick was awarded The South Dakota Broadcast Association’s “Tom Brokaw Award” for broadcast excellence.
Burdick is active in the industry and the community. She is a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the National Associations of Broadcasters, the industry’s leading trade association. She is a past-President/Chairman of the NBC Affiliates Association and a past chairwoman of the Radio-Television News Directors Association. (She was the first woman to be elected to each organization’s top leadership position). Locally, she serves on the boards of the South Bend Rotary Club and the Studebaker Museum. She also devotes an hour a week to reading with an elementary school student in a Title I school.
Burdick has worked on many community boards including The Salvation Army, Red Cross, “Good Community Coalition” of Springfield and has served as President of the Boards of both the United Way of Augusta and the Rapid City (SD) Convention and Visitors Bureau. She has been a Rotarian for 21 years, belonging to clubs in three cities.
While in Missouri, she was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court to a task force to design and supervise a 2-year experiment for electronic coverage of Missouri’s courts. The experimental rule was permanently adopted July 1, 1995.
Burdick is frequently invited to present at journalism and leadership training sessions for organizations such as the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, the Radio Television News Directors Foundation and the National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation.
Burdick and her husband, John, have four children and five granddaughters.
About Jay Rosen:
Jay Rosen has been on the journalism faculty at New York University since 1986; from 1999 to 2005 he served as chair of the Department. He lives in New York City.
Rosen is the author of PressThink, a weblog about journalism and its ordeals (www.pressthink.org), which he introduced in September 2003. In June 2005, PressThink won the Reporters Without Borders 2005 Freedom Blog award for outstanding defense of free expression. In April 2007 PressThink recorded its two millionth visit.
He also blogs at the Huffington Post. In July 2006 he announced the debut NewAssignment.Net, his experimental site for pro-am, open source reporting projects. The first one was called Assignment Zero, a collaboration with Wired.com. A second project was OfftheBus.Net with the Huffington Post.
Rosen is a former member of the Wikipedia Advisory Board. He is currently on the advisory board of Digital First Media, which runs two newspaper companies: Journal Register Company and Media News Group. He is also a member of the advisory board of Post Media, the largest newspaper company in Canada.
In 1999, Yale University Press published his book, What Are Journalists For?, which is about the rise of the civic journalism movement. Rosen wrote and spoke frequently about civic journalism (also called public journalism) over a ten-year period, 1989-99. From 1993 to 1997 he was the director of the Project on Public Life and the Press, funded by the Knight Foundation.
As a press critic and reviewer, he has published in The Nation, Columbia Journalism Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and others. Online he has written for Salon.com, TomPaine.com and Poynter.org. In 1990 he and Neil Postman (friend, colleague, mentor) hosted a radio show on WBAI in New York called “The Zeitgeist Hour.”
In 1994 he was a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, and in 1990-91 he held a fellowship at the Gannett Center for Media Studies at Columbia University.
A native of Buffalo, NY, Rosen had a very brief career in journalism at the Buffalo Courier-Express before beginning graduate study. He has a Ph.D. from NYU in media studies (1986).