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Youm Kyu Ho

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M.A., Journalism, 1982

Ph.D., Journalism, 1985

Jonathan Marshall First

Amendment Chair, Shcool of 

Journalism and Communication,

University of Oregan

Courtesy Professor, UO School of Law

A native of South Korea, I am a double-degree graduate (M.A. in 1982 and Ph.D. in 1985) of the SIU-C School of Journalism. 

            My five years at SIU-C were truly transformative.  As a graduate student, I was so lucky to meet with many dedicated, first-rate scholar-teachers, including the late Dr. Harry W. Stonecipher, a leading journalism and law scholar.  I owe Dr. Stonecipher so much for what I am today academically.  He was my guiding light in studying, teaching, and researching media law from 1980 to 2004, when he passed away. 

In my op-ed article of Jan. 19, 2005, for the Daily Egyptian, I wrote: “To me especially, [Dr. Stonecipher] was an unforgettable ‘fatherly mentor’ in every sense of the phrase—caring, inspirational, and ready with words of wisdom and encouragement.”     

Currently, I am the inaugural holder of the Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon and a courtesy professor at the UO School of Law. 

            My scholarship focuses on U.S. communication law, digital freedom, and comparative media law.  My research on freedom of expression has been cited by American and foreign courts, including the House of Lords in England, the High Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of Canada, and the Supreme Court of the Philippines.

I have contributed to several major media law texts and treatises, including Communication and the Law and Media, Advertising & Entertainment Law Throughout the World.  I have published Press Law in South Korea.  I have edited nearly 50 communication law and media policy articles for the 12-volume International Encyclopedia of Communication.  Currently, I am working on a couple of media law texts for U.S. journalism and law students.  

Over the years, I have been actively involved in various academic organizations.  In 2012-13, I served as the president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), the premier academic organization of 3,700-plus journalism scholars and practitioners.  I am on the editorial boards of a dozen major American and international research journals.

A number of high-impact news media, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, have quoted me on freedom of expression issues.  I write op-ed articles for newspapers and review books for academic and trade journals.  Besides, I often deliver lectures on press freedom and sit on scholarly and professional panels in the United States and abroad.