The Freedom of Speech Division hosted several excellent panels at the SSCA virtual conference, and I was glad to participate in them. I’m excited to serve as the secretary for the division in the coming year, and I truly appreciate the division selecting me for the 2021 James Madison prize.
My article with Pawan Singh on misinformation and WhatsApp in India has been published in the Journal of Information Policy (Penn State University Press). The journal is open-access, and the piece is available here.
I participated in the Freedom of Expression Division’s (virtual) top papers panel at NCA. My presentation discussed some recent lawsuits against tech platforms in which right-wing media plaintiffs recapitulate older theories that sought to treat private platforms as public forums. The panel also included interesting presentations on the history of legal and political conflicts over editorial cartoons and the tension between the growth of religious broadcasting conglomerates and traditional FCC public interest imperatives. The panel overview can be found here.
I’m also very excited to now be serving as the vice chair-elect of the Freedom of Expression Division.
My colleague Dylan McLemore and I presented on the free speech implications of a recent controversy over library signage at the University of Central Arkansas as part of the research in progress panel at AEJMC Southeast. More information about the controversy is here.
I’m happy to share my latest article in Communication Law Review (open-access) called “User-Generated Content and the Regulation of Reputational Harm: The Boston Marathon Bombing as Case Study.”
NCA’s “Communication Currents” series has featured my article on the recent wave of campus speech legislation. In general, the series provides a great snapshot of the interesting research being done across the communication discipline.
Thanks to the Journal of Radio and Audio Media for including my article analyzing the sponsorship and marketing of the seminal Amos ‘n’ Andy radio program in its bibliography of recent research on radio.
The International Journal of Communication has published my article that looks at content moderation on the Yelp consumer review platform. I’m grateful for the feedback on different pieces of the article that I received at the “All Things in Moderation” conference at UCLA and the “Mediating Change” conference at the University of North Texas last year.
My article examining reputation management practices through the lens of public relations ethics has been published by the Journal of Media Ethics. The article appears as part of a special issue of the journal following the 2018 Digital Ethics Symposium at Loyola University in Chicago and was edited by Loyola’s Bastiaan Vanacker.
Pawan Singh (Deakin University, Australia) and I presented a paper at an ICA preconference called “Taming and Nurturing the Wild Child: Government and Corporate Policies for Social Media” in Washington, D.C. The paper considers various approaches to regulating viral misinformation on WhatsApp in India. The pre-conference was jointly organized by the Institute for Information Policy at Penn State University and the Quello Center at Michigan State University.
I also presented a paper on campus speech legislation as part of a panel on freedom of expression issues that was organized by the Communication Law and Policy Division.
I have accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh starting in fall 2019.
I presented some preliminary research on the critique of “big tech” in conservative media at the 2019 AEJMC Midwinter Conference at Oklahoma University in early March. The panel is sponsored by the Critical and Cultural Studies Division.
I am so grateful that the reviewers in the NCA Freedom of Expression Division chose my paper about social media and the Boston Marathon bombing investigation for the 2018 Robert M. O’Neill top paper award. The top paper panel featured three other very interesting papers that I’m glad to have heard.