NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Stephen D. Solomon is Marjorie Deane Professor of Financial Journalism in the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University.
Activities in the Journalism Institute
Solomon has served for the past four years as associate director of the Carter Institute, one of the largest departments within NYU's Faculty of Arts and Science. The Carter Institute has approximately 30 faculty members, 150 M.A. students, and 500 undergraduate majors. He served as director of graduate studies for five years.
Solomon is the founder and director of the M.A. program in Business and Economic Reporting. In this innovative interdisciplinary program, students take six courses in the MBA program at NYU's Leonard N. Stern School of Business and seven courses at the Carter Journalism Institute. The philosophy of the program is that students, in order to prepare themselves for work in journalism today, must learn the underlying subject matter that they will cover. They take courses in economics, corporate finance, accounting, and other business subjects alongside traditional MBA students. Solomon also started two other M.A. programs in the Journalism Institute—Reporting the Nation; and Reporting New York.
Solomon is a recipient of NYU's Golden Dozen Award for excellence in teaching. His work in the classroom focuses on First Amendment law and media law and ethics. He teaches in the Freshman Honors Program in the College of Arts and Science as well as other courses for undergraduate and graduate students. He also teaches feature writing in the graduate Business and Economic Reporting program, which he runs. Following is a sampling:
Freshman Honors Seminar: First Amendment Freedom of Expression
Students begin by examining conflicts over freedom of speech and press during the colonial period and the uncertainty over what those freedoms meant in 1789, even as Madison drafted the amendment. The course looks at freedom of speech through the prism of a rich variety of contemporary conflicts, including libel, political dissent, prior restraints against publication, offensive speech, and symbolic speech, among other issues.
Law and Mass Communications Seminar
Students study First Amendment protections of the press and the most important areas of civil and criminal law affecting the work of journalists. This includes libel, newsgathering, invasions of privacy, privileges and shield laws, access to information, and coverage of the court system. The course also looks closely at the ethical principles that should guide journalists when they face difficult decisions about how to treat especially sensitive situations around newsgathering and publishing.
Writing, Research and Reporting II (Feature Writing)
This class focuses on various forms of feature writing covering business and economics, including narratives, profiles, explanatory articles, and commentary. Students write multiple drafts of stories, participate in classroom editorial meetings considering idea proposals, and read and discuss business articles and books.