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.
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!
Head, Law and Policy Division 2015-2016