Welcome to the Law and Policy division of AEJMC

The Law and Policy division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) is dedicated to exploring the wide range of legal and policy issues that surround mass communication and free expression by supporting members’ research and teaching efforts in those areas. The division also plays a prominent role in AEJMC’s efforts to promote professional freedom and responsibility by serving as a bridge between academic discourse and public understanding on topics of free expression.

The Law and Policy division encourages members to present their research at the regional and national AEJMC conferences and has brought a wide range of practitioners – journalists and lawyers – together with academic scholars to share their insights on current issues. These panels are often co-sponsored by other AEJMC divisions and have explored such issues as student press freedom, minority ownership of media, the ethical impact of legal decisions, the Freedom of Information Act, and comparative media regulation.

Membership in the division includes a subscription to Media Law Notes, our quarterly newsletter, and to Communication Law and Policy, the division’s quarterly research journal. Communication Law and Policy publishes high-quality research using traditional legal research and social science techniques; ethnographic, international or comparative analyses; or other appropriate approaches to pertinent topics. Founded in 1996 and indexed in the Lexis law review database, the journal is one of the top peer-reviewed journals for research in communication law and policy.

I hope you’ll enjoy exploring our website and learning more about the division. With your help, we hope to make this an intellectual meeting place for discussion surrounding media law and policy issues. I also ask your input to help us complete our list of past division heads.

Please refer to the list of officers on this site if you have questions or would like to join us.  And, most of all, welcome!

Derigan Silver
Head, Law and Policy division 2013-2014

AEJMC 2014 Conference Law and Policy Division Panelists

The AEJMC 2014 Conference Law and Policy Division Panel schedule  is now available. Congratulations to all paper authors and presenters.

The Law and Policy Division on Social Media

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Call for Applications

Editor, Communication Law and Policy

The Publications Policy Committee of the AEJMC Law & Policy Division is seeking applications for the position of editor of Communication Law and Policy, the quarterly, peer-reviewed law journal published by the division.  The position is for a three-year term and will begin January 1, 2015.

The editor of the journal is responsible for the prompt processing of all manuscripts submitted to the journal, coordinating four issues per year, handling all correspondence relative to the publication, preparing an annual report, and presenting the report to the division each year at the AEJMC annual conference.  The editor should be able to write and edit clearly, to communicate effectively with authors, and to have an understanding of and appreciation for a broad range of research methods used in legal scholarship. The editor should also have a strong publication record in law or policy.

The editor receives an annual honorarium, but must demonstrate that the academic unit where the journal will be housed will support the journal with specific consideration as to postage, photocopying and other technical support, as well as some provisions for an editorial assistant.

A letter of application, a complete curriculum vita, a letter of support from a unit head, and a list of five references with contact information should be mailed to Prof. Derigan Silver, Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies, University of Denver, 2490 S. Gaylord St., Denver CO 80208-5000.  Inquiries may be made by email to Prof. Silver at derigan.silver@du.edu.  Application materials must arrive by March 1, 2014.

Call for Papers

Communication Law and Technology: The Next 20 Years

New technologies are new media have brought seismic change to communication. The global shift to digital media has strained centuries-old laws in ways that few could have predicted in 1985 when the first .com Web site was registered. Few people would have realized then that within twenty years or so legal scholars would be debating how precedents crated in the 1970s and 80s would apply to the dissemination of secret documents by Wikileaks, or that the four traditional privacy torts might be called obsolete in the world of social media, or that there would be drone journalism.

Communication Law and Policy, the research journal of the Law and Policy Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, is publishing a special issue examining the evolution and direction of communication law and policy in the Twenty-First Century. The journal invites scholars on Internet law, media law, broadcast law, philosophy, policy and economics to consider what the next two decades might bring for communication law and policy. Papers may address any issue—legal or cultural—related to the future of communication law and policy. Papers may be evaluative, normative or prophetic—that is, papers may focus on the current status and make normative suggestions about legal and policy choices or may focus on the future of the intersection of communication law and technology, so long as they addresses where communication law is or should be headed over the next twenty years. Possible topics include social media, behavioral advertising, online speech, AI, privacy and communication technology, terms of service, the future of journalism and the law, and the future of copyright.

Authors whose papers are accepted to the journal through the peer-review process will be invited to a special symposium for the 2014 AEJMC Conference in Montreal, Canada. Accepted authors will be responsible for their own travel to the symposium.

There are no length requirements. Footnote style must follow The Bluebook: A uniform System of Citation (18th ed.). The first page of each manuscript should contain the article’s title, but no authorship information. An accompanying cover page should contain the title and the name, address, e-mail address and phone number of each author. Manuscripts should be accompanied by an abstract of approximately 125 words and should be submitted to W. Wat Hopkins at whopkins@vt.edu.

The deadline for receipt is March 1, 2014.