The Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law has announced that it will welcome Silha Visiting Fellow Professor Robert Drechsel for the fall 2008 semester.
Drechsel has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1983, serving as director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 1991 to 1998. There he teaches courses in newspaper reporting and the law of mass communication, as well as graduate seminars in mass communication law and policy. Before joining the faculty at Wisconsin, Drechsel taught for four years at Colorado State University. Drechsel is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota, where he earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees .
Drechsel said his fall fellowship will include work on a research project on local television coverage of courts with a colleague at the William Mitchell College of Law, and a large-scale, long-term study of the professionalization of media occupations and legal liability.
Drechsel’s research at the University of Wisconsin has focused on tort law and constitutional law affecting mass communication, and on reporter-source interaction in state trial courts. He is the author of “News Making in the Trial Courts” (New York: Longman, 1983), and articles in a variety of legal and communication journals.
Silha Visiting Fellowships are awarded on a case-by-case basis to outstanding faculty members in the area of media ethics and law. The last visiting fellow hosted by the Silha Center was Professor Kaarle Nordenstreng, from the University of Tampere in Helsinki, Finland, who visited in the fall of 1994.
– Sara Cannon
Silha Center Staff