Adjunct Professor of Journalism
B.A., Stony Brok UniversityM.S.J., Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
A native of Jericho, N.Y., Jon Friedman was a working journalist and author before making the transition to college professor. For the last two decades, Jon has focused on understanding and writing about the relationship between the media, technology, entertainment, corporate, financial and popular culture worlds. As a journalist and now as an educator, Jon's mantra is to look at "the big picture" as a way to understand what's really going on in the news and go beyond a simple press release or official explanation. He wrote the popular Media Web column for 14 years at MarketWatch.com, now a unit of Dow Jones. He also specialized in covering the finance industry at Bloomberg News for six years. His credits include writing two books, "Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (Re)invention, Shunning the Naysayers and Creating a Personal Revolution" (Penguin, 2012) and "Goo Goo Ga Joob: Why 'I Am the Walrus' Is The Beatles' Greatest Song" (Miniver Press, 2014). He is the co-author of "House of Cards: Inside the Troubled Empire of American Express" (Putnam, 1992). In addition, Jon wrote a profile of Ellen Malcolm, the founder of the politically influential organization Emily's List, in the New York Times Magazine in 1993. His work has appeared in the Speakeasy blog of the Wall Street Journal, the Sunday business of the New York Times, Time.com, Esquire.com, TheStreet.com, Investors Business Daily, Adweek, the Fiscal Times and many other publications. He recently completed work on a novel, which he calls a "fictional memoir."
Jon began teaching at the Stony Brook University School of Journalism in January 2014 and has maintained a course load since that time, including during winter and summer semesters on the Manhattan campus. He has taught such courses as News Literacy and The Business of News while presiding over workshops in freelance writing as well as assisting students who work on campus publications. Jon created and taught Stony Brook’s Reporting on the Arts, Entertainment and Culture Scene course in New York City. Also at Stony Brook and outside of the journalism school, he has led classes in the area of leadership, primarily for honors, international and science students.
He has previously taught journalism and writing courses at the Continuing Education division of New York University, the New School for Social Research and Media Bistro.
Jon lives in New York, N.Y., and continues to write, primarily about media, technology and entertainment. He is an avid New York-teams sports fan, an expert on 1960s and 1970s popular culture, skilled at trivia contests and an active on social media.