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Jared Schroeder

Jared Schroeder

Assistant Professor

Jared Schroeder specializes in First Amendment law, particularly as it relates to freedom of expression in virtual spaces, how information flows and how individuals come to understandings in democratic society. Schroeder is working on a book, The Press Clause and Digital Technology's Fourth Wave: Media Law and the Symbiotic Web, in which he examines how we should understand protections for publishers in an era when everyone has the ability to publish and artificially intelligent communicators are increasingly influencing discourse.

Schroeder has published his research in journals such as Communication Law & Policy, The Review of Higher Education, and the Journal of Media Law & Ethics, and is the professional freedom and responsibility chair for the Law and Policy division of the national Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

In the classroom, Schroeder seeks to challenge students to critically consider the meaning of freedom of expression as well as the impact the questions that surround such rights will have in their careers and their lives.


Ph.D. in journalism, University of Oklahoma
M.A. in mass communication, Texas Tech University
B.A. in journalism, Abilene Christian University


Freedom of expression in virtual spaces
The marketplace of ideas theory in the network era
Discourse in democratic society

Professional Experience

Sports editor, San Angelo Standard-Times
Assistant city editor, San Angelo Standard-Times
Sports writer, Abilene Reporter-News


JOUR 4316: Communication Law
JOUR 3396: The History of Journalism


Schroeder, J. (2017). The Future of Discourse in Online Spaces. In Daxton R. Stewart (Ed.), Social Media and the Law (pp. 255-274). New York: Routledge.

Schroeder, J. (2016). Shifting the Metaphor: Examining Discursive Influences on the Supreme Court’s Use of the Marketplace Metaphor in Twenty-First-Century Free Expression Cases, Communication Law & Policy 21 (3).

Schroeder, J. & Saffer, A. (2016). Practitioners as Publishers: Examining Public Relations Practitioners’ Claims for Legal Protections Traditionally Associated with the Institutional Press. Journal of Media Law & Ethics 5 (1/2), 24-46.

Schroeder, J. (2015). Journalism: Practice, Technology, and Change. In B. Carr (Ed.), Communicating Across the Disciplines (pp. 113-126). Dubuque, IA.: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Schroeder, J. (2014). Focusing on How Rather than on Whom: Constructing a Process-Based Framework for Interpreting the Press Clause in the Network-Society Era. Communication Law & Policy 19 (4), 509-562.

Schroeder, J. (2014). Roberts’ Rules of Order: A Hermeneutical Analysis of How the Chief Justice Interprets Meaning in Freedom of Speech Cases. Journal of Media Law and Ethics 4 (1), 36-69.

Schroeder, J. (2013). Critical Thinking During a Time of Critical Change in Media Industries: Examining Media Students’ Perception and Appreciation of Higher-level Learning Outcomes. Southwestern Mass Communication Journal 28 (2).

Schroeder, J. (2013). Justices, Political Actors, or Both: An Exploration of the Brandenburg Line Through the Regime Theory Lens. Communication Law & Policy, 18 (2), 217-246.

Schroeder, J. (2013). Electronically Transmitted Threats and Higher Education: Oppression, Free Speech, and Jake Baker. The Review of Higher Education, 36 (3), 295-313.


Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts


Mission Statement

Undergraduate Studies

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Journalism in Dallas