Daily Briefing - Monday, October 25, 2010

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Jay Rosen is a professor of journalism at New York University. His award-winning blog, PressThink, pressthink.org, puts forward critical analyses of journalism and the press. He is the author of the book, What Are Journalists For? and numerous articles for The Nation, Columbia Journalism Review, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and others. He serves as a member of Wikipedia’s advisory board.

Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute. He has written extensively about American politics, foreign policy and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in The New York Times, Editor & Publisher and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and political commentator on MSNBC, C-Span and NPR. His first book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics was released in October 2010.

Jere Van Dyk is the author of In Afghanistan: An American Odyssey, an account of his travels with the mujahideen in the 1980s, during their struggle against the Soviet Union. Since then, he has covered stories all over the world, for The New York Times, CBS News, National Geographic, and others. His recent book Captive: My Time as a Prisoner of the Taliban, is a chilling account of being kidnapped, imprisoned, and mysteriously released by the Taliban in the no-man's-land between Afghanistan and Pakistan.