Dr. Jonathan Peters

Assistant Professor, Journalism

ABOUT

Dr. Peters, who holds an affiliate faculty position in the UGA School of Law, specializes in communication law and policy. He is also the Columbia Journalism Review’s press freedom correspondent.

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EDUCATION

Ph.D., Journalism, University of Missouri
J.D., Ohio State University
B.S., Journalism, Ohio University

RESEARCH INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES

Dr. Peters researches communication law and policy, and most of his work is in two areas. First, he studies how Internet companies make decisions regarding the content they host and the speech they intermediate, along with the role that First Amendment principles play in informing and checking those decisions. Second, he studies how new media are reshaping the gathering, production, and distribution of news and information, with the effect of challenging long-held legal principles. Dr. Peters has published articles in a variety of top journals, including the Harvard Law and Policy Review, the Federal Communications Law Journal, and the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal.

TEACHING SPECIALTIES

Dr. Peters has taught courses in communication law, communication ethics, information gathering, feature writing, and public affairs reporting. He has experience in traditional, online, and hybrid formats; class sizes from 10 to 250 students; and the undergraduate and graduate levels, from freshmen to doctoral and law students. He is the former teaching chair of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Law and Policy Division. And during his time at the University of Kansas, he was the School of Journalism’s ambassador to the KU Center for Teaching Excellence.

EXPERIENCE

Dr. Peters, who holds an affiliate faculty position in the UGA School of Law, is the Columbia Journalism Review’s press freedom correspondent, and occasionally he writes about legal issues for other newspapers and magazines, such as EsquireThe AtlanticSlateWired, and The Nation. He has also written about the NHL for Sports Illustrated. His work has been noted by news organizations like The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal—and programs like John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” and Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show.”

Dr. Peters is active in several nonprofits, serving as First Amendment chair of the Civil Rights Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association and as a member of the Freedom of Information Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is a volunteer First Amendment lawyer for the Student Press Law Center and the ACLU, and he has conducted media law training seminars for dozens of news organizations, including the radio show “This American Life” and the podcast “Serial.” Dr. Peters is currently working on a project to develop legal guidelines for press access to public assemblies on behalf of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, based in Warsaw.

Before coming to UGA, Dr. Peters was an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Kansas, where he held affiliate research positions in the KU Information and Telecommunication Technology Center and the KU Surveillance Studies Research Center.

Jonathan Peters, assistant professor, Journalism
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