Craigslist founder Craig Newmark will be a frequent visitor to the Center for Investigative Reporting in the months ahead, with the goal of learning more about how investigative reporters do their work and how CIR is creating its multimedia storytelling.

Craig, who concedes a deep interest in but not a great deal of knowledge about the challenges of investigative reporting, will be observing and sharing his insights with CIR’s engagement and marketing team. We think he can help us with honing our skills on distributing CIR’s online work to targeted groups and help expand online communities.

“I’m a news consumer,” said Newmark, who is a donor to CIR. “I just want news I can trust.”

Newmark continues to work with other journalism organizations, like the Poynter Institute, to support and advance better practices in the profession. He is also a board member of The Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C.

Having Craig around from time to time is going to be interesting for all of us. He has a deep curiosity about information and the way it’s gathered and distributed, and also has expertise in the creation of community, customer service and audience engagement.  

Robert J. Rosenthal

Robert J. Rosenthal is a board member at The Center for Investigative Reporting. An award-winning journalist, Rosenthal has worked for some of the most respected newspapers in the country, including The New York Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer and the San Francisco Chronicle. Rosenthal worked for 22 years at the Inquirer, starting as a reporter and eventually becoming its executive editor in 1998. He became managing editor of the San Francisco Chronicle in late 2002, and joined CIR as executive director in 2008. Before joining the Inquirer in 1979, Rosenthal worked as a reporter for six years at The Boston Globe and three-and-a-half years at The New York Times, where he was a news assistant on the foreign desk and an editorial assistant on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Pentagon Papers project. As a reporter, Rosenthal won numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club Award for magazine writing, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for distinguished foreign correspondence, and the National Association of Black Journalists Award for Third World Reporting. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in international reporting. Rosenthal was a Pulitzer Prize judge four times. He has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.