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Jared Schroeder

Jared Schroeder

Assistant Professor

Jared Schroeder is the author of The Press Clause and Digital Technology's Fourth Wave, which examines how we should understand protections for publishers in an era when everyone has the ability to convey ideas to audiences and artificially intelligent communicators are increasingly influencing discourse.

Broadly, his research focuses on the interaction between freedom of expression and how individuals in democratic society come to understand the world around them in the networked society era. His recent work has focused on how we should interpret the First Amendment as more and more discourse occurs in virtual spaces and artificially intelligent communicators are playing larger roles in influencing the ideas that citizens encounter, comment upon and share online.

Schroeder has published his research in journals such as Communication Law & Policy, The Review of Higher Education, First Amendment Studies,and the Journal of Media Law & Ethics, and is the teaching 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


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

Selected Publications

Schroeder, J. (2018) The Press Clause and Digital Technology's Fourth Wave: Media Law and the Symbiotic Web. New York: Routledge.

Schroeder, J. (2018). The Discursive Marketplace: Reimagining the Marketplace Metaphor in the Era of Social Media, Fake News, and Artificial Intelligence, First Amendment Studies.

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), 383-430.

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. (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 & Ethics 4(1), 36-69.

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

Professional Experience

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


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

Classes (See Catalog)


Faculty and Staff


Division Projects

Advisory Board


Journalism in Dallas