Dr. Chip Stewart



Dr. Daxton R. "Chip" Stewart is a professor in the Journalism Department at TCU, where he teaches courses on media law and ethics, reporting, and writing.

His journalism experience includes working as city editor of the Columbia Missourian and editor of the weekly Mid-Missourian, as a food columnist and the Taste section editor of those newspapers, and nearly 20 years as a sportswriter in Texas and Missouri.

He earned his Ph.D. in Journalism at the University of Missouri and also has a law degree from the University of Texas. He is currently licensed by the Texas bar, and he serves as a legal adviser both to the Texas Center for Community Journalism and TCU student media.

Dr. Stewart is the author of Social Media and the Law: A Guidebook for Communication Professionals and Students (Routledge, 2017) and a co-author of The Law of Public Communication (10th ed., Routledge, 2017). His research focuses on media law topics such as freedom of information laws, libel and privacy in the digital age, and copyright law. He writes about these topics and more on his blog here:

Hans K. Meyer

Associate Editor

Associate Editor

Hans K. Meyer is an associate professor at the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. He worked for nearly a decade as a community newspaper editor and reporter in Southern California and Utah. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in 2009. His research focuses on how journalists adapt online to engage audiences and build community. He has also served as co-editor of the Web Journal of Mass Communication Research since 2011.

Dr. Tommy Thomason



Tommy Thomason, the founding director of the TCU Schieffer School of Journalism, has left that position to become the founding director of the Texas Center for Community Journalism.  Thomason began his career in journalism in the early 1970s with the Associated Press, working as a sportswriter in Arkadelphia and Little Rock, Ark. He has also worked in public relations in Dallas and as a copyeditor for several regional magazines.

Dr. Thomason has taught journalism at five universities and has been at TCU since 1984. In 1987, he was one of the winners of a national Teaching Award in Journalism Ethics from the Poynter Institute of Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla.

He has been one of the nation's most active researchers on the media's treatment of crime victims. His research has been presented at both regional and national symposia and has been cited in The New York TimesThe Los Angeles TimesTime magazine, Presstime and the Columbia Journalism Review.

Dr. Thomason was co-director of the first national symposium on crime victims and the news media, which was televised nationally on C-SPAN, and a symposium on coverage of sex crimes, Sex in the Media: The Public's Right to Know vs. the Victim's Right to Privacy.

He maintains an interest in writing at all academic levels, and frequently speaks to elementary school teachers about writing workshops for children. He is the author of More than a Writing Teacher: How to Become a Teacher Who WritesWriter to Writer: How to Conference Young AuthorsWrite On Target: How to Prepare Young Writers for Success on Writing Achievement TestsAbsolutely Write:  Teaching the Craft Elements of Writing and Writeaerobics:  40 Exercises to Improve Your Writing Teaching, and Tools, not Rules:  Teaching Grammar in the Writing Classroom.