Smith will teach the media law and ethics course to all communication majors.
“It is, as I tell my students, the hardest course they’ll ever love,” says Smith. “I am an energetic teacher, and I hope to instill in them a love of America’s constitutional traditions and First Amendment values.”
Smith has a Ph.D. in journalism and mass communication from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Master of the Study of Law from Yale Law School, a Bachelor of Music from UNC-School of the Arts, a certificate in new media studies from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill and a certificate in foreign affairs reporting from Centre de Formation et Perfectionnement des Journalistes in Paris.
He also worked as a professional newspaper journalist for 20 years, mostly at The Charlotte Observer. He taught media law and journalism courses for six years at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Smith’s research focuses on the history of free expression and evolution of First Amendment law in America. His first book, “A Theory of Shield Laws: Journalists, Their Sources and Popular Constitutionalism,” was published in June and is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites. It is based on his dissertation research, which in 2012 won the Nafziger-White Salwen Dissertation Award, one of the highest honors bestowed by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).
He has published articles in the peer-reviewed journals Communication Law and Policy and Journal of Media Law and Ethics. He currently has an article set for publication in the spring.