Anthony L. Fargo, Director

Anthony L. Fargo, Ph.D., is the center’s first director. He has been an associate professor at the The Media School at Indiana University since 2004.
Contact: Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies
The Media School
940 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405

Past academic positions

  • Assistant professor of mass communication, Hank Greenspun School of Communication, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2002-2004
  • Visiting professor of mass communication, UNLV, 2001-2002
  • Assistant professor of journalism, University of Rhode Island, 1999-2001

Professional positions

  • General assignment, city hall, and courts reporter, The Daily Independent, Ashland, Ky., 1980-82
  • Copy editor, The Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky., 1982-84
  • Copy editor, The Ledger, Lakeland, Fla., 1984-85
  • Copy editor, The Orlando Sentinel, 1985-89
  • Regional copy desk chief, The Orlando Sentinel, 1989-93

Professional organizations

  • Member of board, Indiana Coalition for Open Government
  • Head of Law Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), 2005-06
  • Vice Head of AEJMC Law Division, 2004-05; member of International Communication Association
  • Society of Professional Journalists; Society for News Design
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society


Articles published in Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal; Communication Law and Policy; Free Speech Yearbook; Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy; Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media; Journalism and Communication Monographs; Newspaper Research Journal; University of Arkansas Little Rock Law Review; William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal; and William Mitchell Law Review.


  • School of Journalism Gretchen Kemp teaching award, 2008
  • Top Faculty Paper, AEJMC Law Division, Southeast Colloquium, 2005
  • Top Faculty Paper, AEJMC Newspaper Division, Southeast Colloquium, 2003
  • Best Open Division Law and Policy Paper (with Bradford L. Yates), Broadcast Education Association, 2002
  • David Eshelman Award for Best Debut Law and Policy Paper, Broadcast Education Association, 2001
  • Top Three Newspaper Division Paper, AEJMC Southeast Colloquium, 2001
  • Part of a team from The (Ashland) Daily Independent that won first place in the public service category, Kentucky Press Association, 1995
  • Part of a team that won a Silver Award from the Society for News Design in 1987 for deadline section on Challenger shuttle disaster in The Orlando Sentinel

Teaching and research areas

Media law and policy, media ethics, newspaper writing and reporting, newspaper editing.

Research summary

Research focuses on legal issues raised by newsgathering practices and techniques, specifically issues raised by the relationships between reporters and sources. Recent work has focused on problems for journalists caused by weakening of the federal journalist’s privilege and efforts to pass a national shield law in Congress.
Other research interests include indecency legislation, the legal liability of the media for intrusive newsgathering, libel, privacy, and general First Amendment protections for expression.