Manship School Announces Robinson as Co-Director of Press Law and Democracy Project

08/28/2013 04:05 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication has named Eric P. Robinson, an attorney with experience in media and internet law, co-director of the Press Law and Democracy Project at the School.

Robinson will join Manship School Associate Dean Amy Reynolds in directing the Project, which Dean Jerry Ceppos announced earlier this year.

The Press Law and Democracy Project focuses on the promotion, protection and study of the free press clause of the First Amendment in a 21st-century context. Faculty and students affiliated with the project will pursue original research and provide outreach and resources to examine and understand the role of the media, including new forms of digital media, in public discourse and the First Amendment guarantee to a “free press.” It will also support open government initiatives across the state of Louisiana.

The project will issue reports, host conferences and bring speakers to the LSU campus.  

“The role of the media in civic society is changing,” Ceppos said. “We look forward to the Press Law and Democracy Project addressing the changing nature of the relationship between citizens and their government, and the media’s role in that interaction. Eric and Amy will work with other faculty and students at the Manship School as the project explores these important issues.”

Robinson previously was deputy director of the Reynolds National Center for Courts and Media at the University of Nevada, Reno; a staff attorney at the Media Law Resource Center in New York; and a legal fellow at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, then in Washington, D.C.  He has taught at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Baruch College, and in Reno, and has published articles in several academic and professional journals. He is a regular blog contributor for the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and maintains his own blog,

Robinson has also worked in federal, state and local government, and as an editor and reporter for local newspapers in New York City.

In addition to serving as co-director of the project, Robinson will pursue his Ph.D. in the Manship School’s one-of-a-kind doctoral program in mass communication and public affairs.

The mission of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication is to produce highly competent communicators with broad knowledge and training in the liberal arts and the media. The school promotes effective communication, critical thinking and ethical responsibility. Through its teaching, research and public service, the school is committed to leading the study and practice of media and public affairs. Believing that media should reflect and provide leadership to society, the school seeks diversity in its outlook, student body, faculty and staff. For more information, visit

Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013