Immerse Yourself in IP and Media Law at the UNC Festival of Legal Learning (2/6/2019) - One of the biggest annual events at the UNC School of Law is the Festival of Legal Learning. This two-day convocation of legal geekery comprises 113 different continuing legal education (CLE) sessions and 152 speakers. For the past few years, the Center for Media Law and Policy has helped with the selection and coordination of […]
A Student’s Reflections on Interning at the FCC (10/19/2016) - From Varsha Mangal, a 3L at UNC School of Law and recipient of one of the Center’s Summer Public Interest Grants: This past summer, I interned at the Office of General Counsel at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C. The FCC regulates communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. With the elections near, […]
Scholarship Winners 2016 (7/27/2016) - The UNC Center for Media Law and Policy has awarded $6,000 in scholarships to three law students working in unpaid or underpaid internships in the field of media law and policy this summer. These are the scholarship winners and where they are working: Varsha Mangal is a legal intern in the Office of General Counsel […]
Make the Most of Your Winter Break (12/7/2015) - Whether you are seeking a summer internship or post-graduate employment, the winter break provides a great opportunity for you to further your job search.  If you are interested in media law, the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy’s Job Center is the place to start.  It’s easy to use. You can browse by job type or category, […]
Job opportunities in media law at your fingertips (2/16/2015) - It’s never too early – or too late – to start looking for the internship, fellowship, or job that is right for you.  However, the process of sifting through hundreds of postings looking for what you want can be daunting.  That is why the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy created its Job Center. […]
Call for Papers – First Amendment Networks: Issues in Net Neutrality (8/12/2014) - On October 24, 2014, we will be partnering with the First Amendment Law Review to help host their annual symposium, which will be focused on network neutrality and the First Amendment.  We’ll post more information about the symposium in the next few weeks, but if you are a scholar who writes in this area, you […]
Appeals court (mostly) strikes down net neutrality rules (1/14/2014) - The D.C. Circuit today held that the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality nondiscrimination rules were invalid because the FCC lacked the authority to regulate how Internet providers treat content. The “Open Internet” rules, passed in 2010, required ISPs to treat all Internet content equally. Under the rules, a provider such as Verizon could not block or […]
tom wheeler New FCC Chair to Industry: Unlock Customers’ Phones (11/15/2013) - The back-and-forth over regulation of wireless phones continues this week. New FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler asked the CTIA Wireless Association to recommend that its members, including AT&T, Verizon and other carriers, voluntarily allow consumers to “unlock” their wireless phones “when the applicable service contract, installment plan, or ETF [early termination fee] has been fulfilled” (Note that […]
C-SPAN, UNC-TV to televise inaugural Hargrove Colloquium (11/4/2013) - C-SPAN and UNC-TV will televise today’s inaugural Wade H. Hargrove Communications Law and Policy Colloquium, hosted by the Center for Media Law and Policy. Hearst TV CEO David Barrett and ABC News President Ben Sherwood will discuss the future of TV news and the challenges and opportunities media companies face in this age of digital […]
Hearst TV CEO and ABC News President to Headline Inaugural Hargrove Communications Law Colloquium (10/17/2013) - We are pleased to announce that on November 4, 2013, the Center will host the inaugural Wade H. Hargrove Communications Law and Policy Colloquium. Friends and colleagues of Wade Hargrove established the colloquium to honor Mr. Hargrove, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an accomplished media lawyer, by spurring discussion and […]
Looking for a Job in Media Law? (9/18/2013) - Looking for a job can be time consuming and frustrating.  Often the best opportunities are found through networking and word of mouth.  But what if you are a student or recent grad? Or are trying to change fields or areas of practice and you don’t have a network?  Breaking into a new field, or even trying […]
A UNC Student’s Summer Experience at the FCC (9/8/2013) - As I mentioned back in March, the Center provides summer grants to UNC law and graduate students who have unpaid or low-paying public interest jobs in the field of media law or media policy. (I hope some of you will apply for a grant next year!)  If you have been reading Natasha Duarte’s posts this summer, you […]
The FCC, Media Ownership and the Tar Heel State (2/18/2013) - This Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m., the Center will be joining with Common Cause to hold a public discussion of the Federal Communication Commission’s media ownership rules and their impact on the media’s ability to meet the information needs of North Carolina communities. The FCC is currently reviewing its rules and is considering scrapping the radio/TV […]
Media Workshop at FCC on June 26th (6/15/2012) - Should be interesting: On June 26, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., the FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities will host a public meeting to review a draft report prepared by a coalition of scholars brought together by University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. The researched was commissioned to examine […]
UNC School of Journalism Issues Recommendations to Help Meet Community Info Needs (6/13/2012) - Back in January, the center hosted a workshop that brought together more than 50 media scholars, professionals, attorneys and community leaders to discuss how Internet, cable television, satellite television and mobile broadband service providers could help promote local accountability journalism in North Carolina and the nation.  The full-day event was intended to hash out some of the […]
FCC Commissioner McDowell visits J-School (2/21/2011) - FCC Commissioner Robert M. McDowell visited the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication on Feb. 10, 2011, to discuss why he voted against the net neutrality regulations adopted by the FCC in December 2010.  He held a 75-minute question-and-answer session with undergraduate students in Dr. Cathy Packer’s Internet law class.  This is JOMC major […]
New rules for the media? A look at government policy in 2010 (9/15/2010) - The role of federal policy in shaping journalism will be the topic of a free, public lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 15.  Josh Silver, president and CEO of Free Press, will speak at 7 p.m. in 111 Carroll Hall on the UNC-CH campus. Silver will discuss some of the major regulatory issues facing the U.S. media […]
FCC v. Fox Television Stations and a Call for Protecting Emotive Speech (2/19/2010) - Wat Hopkins, Park Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, presented his research at the Mary Junck Research Colloquium. Dr. Hopkins discussed the Supreme Court’s recent treatment of non-traditional language and the appropriate level of protection for the emotive, as well as the cognitive, element of speech. The presentation focused on […]
Inaugural Event for the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy (3/8/2008) - Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin J. Martin spoke at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as part of the first public event associated with the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy. A reception and dinner for guests was held the evening before the lecture. Read news coverage of this event
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Date/Time Event
02/08/2019 - 02/09/2019
All Day
Media Law and IP Sessions at the UNC Festival of Legal Learning


Date/Time Event
02/09/2018 - 02/10/2018
All Day
Media Law Sessions at the UNC Festival of Legal Learning
William & Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, Chapel Hill NC


Date/Time Event
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
M.A./J.D. and Ph.D./J.D. Media Law Dual Degrees Info Session
Freedom Forum Conference Center on the Third Floor of Carroll Hall, Chapel Hill NC
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Comcast Executive VP David L. Cohen to Address 2015 Hargrove Media Law and Policy Colloquium
George Watts Hill Alumni Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC


Date/Time Event
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Net Neutrality: First Amendment Issues in Internet Regulation
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Room, Chapel Hill NC
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Media Law Summer Internships Panel
Room 4085, UNC School of Law,


Date/Time Event
5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Hargrove Communications Law and Policy Colloquium: The Future of Television News
George Watts Hill Alumni Center, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill NC
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Public Address by Lawrence Lessig - Rooting out Corruption in Politics: Complicity and Complacency by the Media
Rotunda, UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill NC
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The FCC, Media Ownership and the Tar Heel State
Pleasants Family Room, Chapel Hill NC


Date/Time Event
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
A Workshop on How to Meet the Information Needs of Communities
Freedom Forum Conference Center, Chapel Hill NC


Date/Time Event
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to Help Inaugurate Center for Media Law and Policy
UNC School of Government, Chapel Hill NC