Research and Creative Interests

  • Media law
  • First Amendment
  • confidential news sources
  • anonymous speakers
  • media ethics
  • press freedom
  • freedom of information
  • Communications Law
  • Human Rights on the Internet
  • Internet Privacy and Security

My research interests focus on media law and policy, more specifically the law as it affects the relationships between journalists and confidential sources. More recently I have been studying legal and policy responses to anonymous communication online from a global perspective.

Teaching and research areas:

  • Media law and policy, media ethics, newspaper writing and reporting, newspaper editing.

Research focuses on legal issues raised by newsgathering practices and techniques, specifically issues raised by the relationships between reporters and sources. Recent work has focused on problems for journalists caused by weakening of the federal journalist’s privilege and efforts to pass a national shield law in Congress.
Other research interests include indecency legislation, the legal liability of the media for intrusive newsgathering, libel, privacy, and general First Amendment protections for expression.

Areas: Media law; First Amendment; press freedom; emerging media & the law; cybersecurity; media ethics

Past Affiliations
Media Studies, Multimedia Communication, Journalism, Film Studies
MA, University of Florida, Mass Communication
PhD, University of Florida, Mass Communication
BA, University in Kentucky, English and Journalism