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!

Dan Kozlowski

Head, Law and Policy Division 2015-2016


Media Law Notes Fall 2015

The 2015 Fall issue of Media Law Notes, our division newsletter is now available. It can be found with the other issues of the Media Law Notes in the library and by clicking  here: Media Law Notes Fall 2015

Bambauer Wins First Stonecipher Award

Jane Bambauer, an associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Law, is the first recipient of the Harry W. Stonecipher Award, recognizing top scholarship in communication and free speech law in the previous year.

Professor Bambauer received the award for her article “Is Data Speech?’, published in 2014 in Stanford Law Review. [link to article here: http://www.stanfordlawreview.org/print/article/data-speech] In the article, Professor Bambauer argues that First Amendment protection should extend to data, which has the ability to create knowledge and inspire new opinions. As such, data would be protected against sweeping privacy regulations, though Professor Bambauer suggests that reasonable regulations should still possible under proper Constitutional scrutiny.

This article was chosen among dozens of nominees by the selection committee, comprising communication law scholars from Law and Policy Division of AEJMC. The award comes with a $1,000 prize.

The award was established by professors Kyu Ho Youm and Doug Anderson to honor Dr. Stonecipher, their friend and teacher and a renowned scholar of First Amendment and communication law at Southern Illinois University.

“I am thrilled that Professor Bambuaer has been chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Stonecipher research award,” Youm said. “She is a most worthy awardee, given that her article is an incisive analysis of a truly game-changing topic in First Amendment law.”

Professor Bambauer will receive her award at the members meeting of the Law and Policy Division at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at the annual conference of AEJMC in San Francisco.

Winter 2015 Media Law Notes

The winter issue of Media Law Notes, our division newsletter is now available. It can be found with the other issues of the Media Law Notes in the library and by clicking  here: Media Law Notes Winter 2015.

Submissions for the Teaching Ideas Competition

Call for Submissions for the Teaching Ideas Competition

The call for submissions for the Law and Policy Division’s Seventh Annual Teaching Ideas Competition is now open. The division wants to hear all of your ideas for innovation in teaching communication law and policy. Submissions could focus on a creative approach for studying a case or cases; new ideas for incorporating social media or multimedia experiences into courses; effective in-class group activities or assignments that help students synthesize key lessons; a group project that encourages collaborative learning; a lesson plan or syllabus that reveals an innovative approach for a seminar or skills course; an idea for experiential or service learning; or any other area of teaching and learning that will help others improve their courses.

Winning submissions will receive certificates and cash prizes: $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place. Winners will be recognized during the AEJMC Law and Policy Division business meeting in San Francisco, and their ideas will be showcased on the division website and in Media Law Notes.

All submissions must be received by May 1, 2015. Submissions must be sent as an email attachment (specifically, a Word document) to Teaching Chair Jonathan Peters at jonathan.w.peters@ku.edu. Please use “Teaching Ideas Competition” in the subject line.

Include your name, affiliation, contact information, and the title of your idea at the top of your submission. Describe your teaching idea in 1-2 pages (single-spaced) in this format: introduction to your idea, your rationale for it, an explanation of how you implement the idea, and student learning outcomes. Include any appropriate hyperlinks at the bottom of your submission, and include any relevant attachments to your email.

A panel of judges will blind review each submission based on the idea’s creativity, innovation, practicality, and overall value to students. Submissions will be acknowledged via email but not returned.

Submitters need not be Law and Policy Division members. Both faculty and graduate students are welcome to submit. Previous entrants who were not awarded may revise and resubmit ideas from previous years. Winners will be notified by June 1, 2015. For any questions, please contact Jonathan Peters at jonathan.w.peters@ku.edu.

Special Call for J&MCQ

Law and Policy Division members —
Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly has announced a call for papers for a special issue on Information Access and Control in the Age of Big Data.  Two of our division members — Ed Carter of BYU and Laurie Lee of Nebraska — are serving as guest editors of the journal for this issue.
Thank you to both Ed and Laurie for taking on this task — it will be great to see these issues get attention in AEJMC’s premier journal.
I have attached the call, and I encourage your participation.
Chip Stewart


J&MCQ Special Issue Call for Papers

Fall 2014 Media Law Notes

The fall issue of Media Law Notes, our division newsletter is now available. It can be found with the other issues of the Media Law Notes. Many thanks to clerk/newsletter editor Jason Martin for his work on this.

The Law and Policy Division on Social Media

The Law and Policy Division is on Facebook and Twitter. Join our AEJMC Law and Policy Group on Facebook, and follow us at AEJMC_LP on Twitter.

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.