Jonathan Peters appointed head of journalism department

The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication proudly announces Jonathan Peters as head of the journalism department.

“I am thrilled to have Jon join the leadership team,” said Charles N. Davis, Dean of Grady College. “Jon is a Russell Prize-winning teacher and an internationally renowned First Amendment scholar, making him a solid choice to lead the faculty and program in our journalism department.”

Jonathan Peters chats with a student at his 2019 Teacher of the Year reception. (Photo: Sarah E. Freeman)

Peters, an associate professor who holds an affiliate faculty position at UGA Law School, specializes in communications law and policy. His research focuses on Internet companies and the decisions made about the content they host. Peters also studies how economic, political and technological changes affect modern journalism.

His published research has appeared in the Berkeley Technology Law Reviewthe Harvard Law and Policy Reviewand the Federal Journal of Communications Lawamong others.

“It’s an honor to be tasked with serving the department and I’m grateful for this opportunity,” Peters said. “I’m also grateful to have such a great role model in Dr. Janice Hume. She’s been an exceptional chair and I’m relieved that she’s just down the hall to answer the dozens of questions I’ll have (and this will only be the first day).

Peters assumes leadership of the Department of Journalism on August 1 when Hume assumes the role of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College.

In addition to his teaching and research, Peters is the freedom of the press correspondent for the Columbia Journalism Review. He has written on legal issues for Squire, Atlantic, Slate, WiredNBC News and CNN, and has been interviewed on related topics by The New York Times, The Washington Post, vanity lounge and NPR, among others.

Peters is a pro bono First Amendment attorney for the Student Press Law Center and the ACLU. He has also testified in litigation as an expert witness on media law, and he has conducted legal seminars for dozens of news organizations, including the “This American Life” radio show and the ” Serial”. In 2020, Peters consulted with the government of Uzbekistan as part of a United Nations program focused on how the government can strengthen public access to, and public confidence in, the country’s justice system.

In 2021, Peters received the Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, UGA’s highest early career teaching honor, and was recognized in 2019 as Grady College Journalism Teacher of the Year.

“My colleagues are the best,” Peters continues. “Each of them has helped me, in different ways, to become a better teacher, researcher, and human being. And our students are phenomenal. They’re smart and conscientious, and they’re so creative and curious. They demand your A -game as an instructor and advisor, which is why I am excited about my new role.

Peters has a BS in journalism from The Ohio University, a JD from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Journalism from the University of Missouri.

Date: June 6, 2022
Author: Sarah Freeman, [email protected]

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