Internationally recognized media law scholar will come to Western to discuss New York Times V. Sullivan

Dr. Kyu Ho Youm, Western Illinois University Spring 2015 Journalism Day Keynote Speaker Kyu_3

What: Spring 2015 Journalism Day Keynote Speech (title: “The First Amendment Is Only for A Free Press in America?: New York Times V. Sullivan’s Impact on Ethical Journalism”)  

Who: Dr. Kyu Ho Youm, former president of AEJMC (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication), Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair at School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon  

When: 11am-12pm, Wednesday, March 25  

Where: Sandburg Theatre, Student Union  

Why: 2014 is the 50th anniversary of New York Times v. Sullivan (1964) and. The 2014-15 university theme is “Ethics: A Foundation for Personal Growth and Social Responsibility.” With this context in mind, Dr. Youm will deliver a speech examining the Sullivan case’s much debated legal and ethical impact on American journalism. As the world enters into an era of instant digital communication and any individual today may have necessary technical tools to become a journalist, understanding legal and ethical implications of New York Times v. Sullivan is crucial for all.


University Theme Committee

Department of Broadcasting

Visiting Lectures Committee

Department of English and Journalism

Speaker bio:

Kyu Ho Youm is professor and the Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.Before joining UO in 2002 from Arizona State University, he taught at the University of Miami (FL) and Loras College in IA.

Youm’s research has appeared in major U.S. and international journalism and law journals. Among the journals in which he has published are Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism Monographs, George Washington Law Review, Stanford Journal of International Law, and International & Comparative Law Quarterly (London). His journal articles have been cited by American and international courts, including the Supreme Court of Great Britain and the High Court of Australia in ruling on freedom of expression.

Youm has won a number of top paper awards at the academic conventions of AEJMC, the International Communication Association (ICA), and the National Communication Association (NCA). He has received fellowships from the American Press Institute, the Gannett Foundation, and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. He has been selected for research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Since the early 1990s, Youm has served on the editorial boards of a dozen scholarly journals, including Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journal of Communication, Communication Law & Policy, and Asian Journal of Communication. As a member of the Communication Law Writers Group, he writes a chapter for the media law text Communication and the Law. He is the communication law and policy editor of the International Encyclopedia of Communication. U.S. and international news media have sought Youm’s expertise on communication law issues. He often contributes opinion columns and book reviews to newspapers and trade magazines. He also delivers lectures on press freedom and media law and sits regularly on scholarly and professional panels in the United States and abroad.

A native of South Korea, Youm has received his bachelor’s degree in Seoul and his MA and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He holds master of law degrees from Yale Law School and Oxford University. [Source]

Contact information:

Yong Tang, Ph.D.

Assistant professor of journalism and media law

Spring 2015 Journalism Day coordinator

Department of English and Journalism


Photo credit: provided by Dr. Kyu Ho Youm


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