Sree Sreenivasan Named Inaugural Marshall R. Loeb Visiting Professor

Michael Loeb (left) and Sree Sreenivasan.

Stony Brook, N.Y., Sept. 9, 2019 — Laura Lindenfeld Ph.D., interim dean of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism, announced the appointment of Sree Sreenivasan as the first Marshall R. Loeb Visiting Professor of Digital Innovation and Audience Engagement.

At the SBU School of Journalism, Sreenivasan, a former Columbia Journalism School professor for 20 years, will engage students and faculty in the practice and power of journalism by harnessing digital innovations and research to enhance news content, delivery and audience engagement. He joined the Journalism School on September 1.

“On behalf of the Journalism faculty and staff, I could not be more delighted to have such a consummate professional join us as we reshape the School’s curriculum to match a more demanding time for journalism and the students who will be part of its future, said Lindenfeld. Sree’s experience, creative approach and dedication to integrating high-quality journalism to the digital space is vital in today’s news ecosystem. He will honor the legacy of Marshall R. Loeb in the way that his son and daughter intended upon funding this professorship.”

“I’m honored to be a visiting professor at the Stony Brook School of Journalism and work with the students, faculty and staff,” said Sree Sreenivasan. “The fact that the professorship is named for the legendary Marshall Loeb, whom I admired and had the opportunity to work with, is a special honor. I am grateful to Michael and Margaret Loeb for honoring their father’s legacy in this way.”

About Marshall R. Loeb

Marshall R. Loeb

Called “one of the most influential magazine editors in the industry,” by the New York Times, Loeb started his career as a sports reporter at15, then went on to interview many of the most influential figures of his day, including Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher and several sitting U.S. presidents. He led Time magazine’s coverage of Watergate and created its “Woman of the Year” cover among many other firsts.

After successfully growing Money and Fortune magazines, in retirement Loeb became an editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, a commentator for CBS Radio Network, and wrote several books on personal finance.

Loeb passed away in December 2017.

“My father is well known for his contribution to personal finance and journalism, but he was also the champion of society’s under-served: women, the economically disadvantaged, and first-generation Americans. Stony Brook well serves these groups and he would be proud to help them now, just as he did during his remarkable life,” Michael Loeb said. 

About Sree Sreenivasan

Sree Sreenivasan

Sree Sreenivasan is a pioneering digital-media educator, who has worked in the media, higher education, nonprofit and government sectors. In addition to his new visiting role at Stony Brook, he will continue his social and digital consulting work.

He worked at Columbia Journalism School for two decades as a professor and was, at various times, head of the digital media department and Dean of Student Affairs, supervising admissions, student life and career services. He was then the Chief Digital Officer of Columbia University (working on the future of education), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (working on the future of culture) and the City of New York (working on the future of cities).

Sree was a fixture on local TV news as a freelance tech reporter, for the NYC affiliates of ABC, NBC, CBS, successively, and has contributed more than 40 articles to the New York Times, the latest a 2017 guide to social media. He is a contributor to CNBC, talking tech on “Squawk Alley.”

He has been named to several lists, including Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2015; the world’s most influential Chief Digital Officer by CDO Club in 2016; OnlineCollege’s 50 most social media-savvy profs in 2011; Poynter’s 35 most influential people in social media in 2010; Newsweek’s 20 most influential South Asians in America in 2004 and Unity: Journalists of Color’s seed list of the 100 most influential journalists of the past century. But he is especially proud to have been named, with three former students, to Society of Professional Journalists’ 2010 list of 20 journalists to follow on Twitter.

He helped organize Social Media Day conferences at Princeton, Harvard, Howard universities, University of Toronto and the United Nations; and founded Social Media Weekend #smwknd.

He is cofounder of two journalism organizations: Online Journalists Association (celebrating its 20th anniversary in Sept 2019; he was founding administrator of its prizes, the world’s largest journalism awards program) and SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, a group of 1,000+ journalists in the US and Canada (celebrating its 25th anniversary in Oct. 2019).

He taught a course on entrepreneurship at Columbia for four years with tech investor Ken Lerer, co-founder of Huffington Post and chairman of Buzzfeed.

Every Sunday at 8:30 am ET for four years now, he’s hosted the #NYTReadalong, discussing the print New York Times on Facebook Live. He often has guests from various fields, including occasional NYT reporters and editors. You can find the archives at http://fb.com/sreenet

He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Roopa Unnikrishnan, a corporate strategist, author and Rhodes Scholar, and their teenage twins.

About Stony Brook School of Journalism

The School of Journalism, established in 2006, is the only school of journalism in the State University New York system (SUNY). In addition to its core undergraduate program of approximately 300 students, the School of Journalism houses the Colvin Center for International Reporting and the Center for News Literacy. The school trains all students in multimedia journalism. It is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

About Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University, widely regarded as a SUNY flagship, is going far beyond the expectations of today’s public universities. With more than 26,000 students, 2,700 faculty members, nearly 200,000 alumni, an academic medical center, and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs, it is one of only four University Center campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The University embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality, and has been ranked among the top 35 public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Fostering a commitment to academic research and intellectual endeavors, Stony Brook’s membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places it among the top 62 research institutions in North America. The University’s distinguished faculty have earned esteemed awards such as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Part of the management team of Brookhaven National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Stony Brook is one of only eight universities that has a role in running a national laboratory. Providing economic growth for neighboring communities and the wider geographic region, the University totals an impressive $7.23 billion in increased economic output on Long Island. Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/stonybrooku/) and Twitter (@stonybrooku).

About Loeb.NYC

Michael Loeb, president and CEO of  Loeb.nyc, the New York City-based venture collective, said recently about his company, “Since the beginning, I’ve envisioned Loeb.nyc as a dynamic environment that allows for elasticity, growth, and, most importantly, strength – strong concepts, strong partnerships, and a group of strong minds wholly dedicated to success,” Rich Vogel, founding partner and CFO of Loeb.nyc, said: ” Loeb.nyc is a group of professionals working together to obviate anything that may allow for failure as we create and fully embrace a culture of achievement. While our approach is merit-based and studied, we are all deeply dedicated to interaction, innovation and the flexibility required to grow winning businesses.” Loeb and Vogel’s venture collective is comprised of roughly two-dozen startups and early-stage investments including digital platforms, direct-to-consumer products, and enterprise solutions.