Erin CoyleErin K. Coyle

Associate Professor
Douglas L. Manship, Sr. Professor
215 Hodges Hall | 225-578-2098 | | CV


Erin Coyle became interested in freedom of expression, access to information, and privacy when covering government issues and breaking news for several newspapers between 1998 and 2003. Since she joined the faculty at Louisiana State University, she has published a scholarly book and articles on freedom of expression, newsgathering, access to information and places, and privacy.  

She teaches mass media law, ethics, history, and writing courses at LSU. While earning her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she taught media law courses and served on the University of North Carolina School of Law’s First Amendment Law Review. She also taught news writing and editing courses while earning a Master of Science from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. She studied print and broadcast journalism when earning a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University. 

Selected Publications

Coyle, E., Fondren, E., & Richard, J. (forthcoming). "Advocacy, editorial opinion, and agenda building: How publicity friends fought for Louis D. Brandeis’s 1916 Supreme Court confirmation," American Journalism.

Coyle, E., & Whitenack, S. (Summer 2019).  Access to 911 recordings: Balancing privacy interests and the public’s right to know about casualties. Communication Law & Policy,24(3), 307-345.

Coyle, E. (Winter 2018). Saving human trafficking victims from additional stigma: Privacy versus publication rights related to identifying images. Journal of Human Trafficking, 4(1), 102- 104.

Coyle, E. (Fall 2018). Turning point: Balancing free press and fair trial rights after Sheppard v. Maxwell. Journalism History, 44(3), 150-161.

Dahmen, N., & Coyle, E. (Winter 2017). Obama White House photos limited by access policies, Newspaper Research Journal, 38(4), 439-448.

Coyle, E., & Dahmen, N. (Summer 2017). Filtering history: An historical analysis of photojournalists’ access to photograph the President of the United States from 1977 to 2009, American Journalism, 34(3), 333-352.

Coyle, E. (Spring 2017). Sunlight and shadows: Louis D. Brandeis on privacy, publicity, and free expression in American democracy, Touro Law Review, 33(1), 211-258.

Coyle, E. (Spring 2017). Press freedom and citizens’ right to know in the 1960s: Sam Ragan’s crusade to provide the public with access to criminal justice information, Journalism History,43(1), 44-55.

Coyle, E., & Robinson, E. (Winter 2017). Chilling journalism: Can newsgathering be criminal harassment or stalking?, Communication Law & Policy, 22(1), 65-122.

Coyle, E. (2014). E. L. Godkin’s criticism of the penny press: Antecedents to a legal right to privacy, American Journalism, 31(2), 262-282. 

Jeong, Y., & Coyle, E. (2014). What are you worrying about on Facebook and Twitter? An empirical investigation of young social network site users’ privacy perceptions and behaviors,Journal of Interactive Advertising, 14(2), 51-59.

Coyle, E. (2012). The press and rights to privacy: First Amendment freedoms vs. invasion of privacy claims. El Paso, TX: LFB Scholarly.

Coyle, E. (2009). Moral duty of publicity: Louis Dembitz Brandeis' crusades for reform in the press and public affairs, Journalism History, 35(3), 162-167.