Will Coordinate Program Activities of Institute’s New Digital Media Center

FOR RELEASE: July 2, 2020

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute

Arlington, Va., July 2, 2020 – Stuart N. Brotman, a noted professor whose academic portfolio includes law, communications, business, and public policy, has been appointed Distinguished Fellow of The Media Institute, effective July 1.  The announcement was made by Richard T. Kaplar, president of the Institute.

In his role as Distinguished Fellow, Professor Brotman will coordinate the program activities of the Institute’s newly created Digital Media Center.  The Center will examine issues at the heart of today’s digital revolution in ways that illuminate a path forward for innovators and policymakers alike – offering a post-pandemic perspective on key digital issues.

Professor Brotman just concluded a one-year appointment as a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., based in the Center’s Science and Technology Innovation Program.  He specialized in digital privacy policy issues and is currently completing a book based on his activities at the Wilson Center.

Professor Brotman will continue as the inaugural Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  He also serves as an annual lecturer in entertainment and media law at Stanford Law School.

“We are delighted to welcome Stuart Brotman as the Institute’s first Distinguished Fellow,” said Institute President Richard Kaplar.  “With his expertise in digital privacy and other digital issues, and his creative approach to program activities, he is perfectly positioned to help us launch our new Digital Media Center.”

“The Media Institute is one of America’s leading forums for ideas about how to support diverse viewpoints, which are essential parts of our nation’s free speech and free press values under the First Amendment,” said Professor Brotman.  “It’s exciting to utilize my background and experience in such important times, especially because The Media Institute is uniquely positioned to draw on its rich history over several decades to address a range of issues that are confronting us in an ever-expanding digital domain.”

Professor Brotman was appointed to the Institute’s First Amendment Advisory Council last year.  In 2015, the Institute published his innovative research study, “Net Vitality: Identifying the Top-Tier Global Broadband Internet Ecosystem Leaders.”  Professor Brotman is the editor or author of several books, including the leading treatise on telecommunications, broadband, and electronic mass media, Communications Law and Practice.  He has served in four presidential administrations on a bipartisan basis, and is a former president and CEO of The Museum of Television & Radio.

The Media Institute is a nonprofit foundation working to advance sound communications policy, freedom of speech, and excellence in journalism. For more information, visit the Institute online at www.mediainstitute.org/.

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