Jason Shepard

Assistant Professor, California State University, Fullerton

Jason M. Shepard, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and vice chair in the Department of Communications at California State University, Fullerton, where he teaches courses in media law, media history and multimedia journalism. His research agenda focuses on various aspects of First Amendment jurisprudence, including journalists’ rights to protect confidential sources, campaign-finance law, and the history of free-speech rights in minority social movements. Shepard’s first scholarly book, Privileging the Press: Confidential Sources, Journalism Ethics and the First Amendment, was published in 2011. He has also published research in several scholarly communications journals and law reviews, including Communication Law and PolicyJournal of Media Law & EthicsNexus Journal of Law and Policy, and Drake Law Review. Before earning his Ph.D., Shepard worked as a police reporter, education columnist and long-form freelancer forIsthmus newspaper and The Capital Times.