Matthew Schafer earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his Master Degree in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University in 2013. His Master thesis is titled, “Speak, and Speak Immediately: The Risen Subpoena, the Executive Branch, and the Reporter’s Privilege” and explores the relationship between the government’s right to prosecute crime by subpoenaing journalists and the public’s right to receive newsworthy information. He attended college at the University of Illinois, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Media Studies.
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. Currently, he is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland.
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 second edition of the book, Freeing the Presses: The First Amendment in Action.