Matthew Schafer graduated from the University of Illinois in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Media Studies. Currently, Matt is attending Georgetown University Law Center. Matt is also working on his thesis for a Masters Degree in Mass Communications from Louisiana State University. It is titled, “Speak, and Speak Immediately: The Risen Subpoena, the Executive Branch, and the Fight for the First Amendment.”
In the past, Matt has worked as a summer associate at a national media law firm located in D.C. that focuses on defamation law, news gathering, and press access. Matt also has worked at National Public Radio, Inc., United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Court of Appeals for Maryland, Superior Court for the District of Columbia, and Free Press, a large national non-profit media reform organization.
In academia, Matt worked with University of Texas Professor Regina Lawrence on a well-received article titled, “Debunking Sarah Palin: Mainstream News Coverage of ‘Death Panels,’” which tackled the increasingly popular topic of journalism fact-checking. Matt also contributed to a chapter in the forthcoming second edition of the book, Freeing the Presses: The First Amendment in Action.
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