Call for Manuscripts:

Special Issue of Communication Law Review 

“Freedom of Speech and the Press

in President Trump’s First Year”

Just over a year ago, we arrived at NCA in Philadelphia (2016) on the heels of the presidential election won by Donald Trump.

No matter which candidate one supported, there was much speculation about the country’s future following the election of such a polarizing figure. At NCA in Dallas (2017), President Trump and his Administration were the topic of a number of papers and panels. Clearly, communication scholars find the 45th Presidential Administration to be a rich source for study.

Please consider submitting a 2,500-5,000 word scholarly manuscript for a special issue covering issues and controversies relating to free expression during the President’s first year, and a look toward an uncertain future.

Guest Editors for this special issue are Pamela Morris, and Susan Sarapin,

Essays should attempt where possible to connect the topic to the First Amendment, other law, or court cases related to the actions of the Administration, but this is not required for acceptance.

We welcome diverse and creative viewpoints on this general topic, as this issue is not intended to offer only negative critiques.

We invite new scholarly essays, condensed conference papers, and research reports for this special issue. Essays should be 2,500- 5,000 words in length as a Word file, and use APA citation formatting.

Please format your submission for anonymous review by removing any identifying information.

Deadline for Submissions: March 31, 2018

Expected Publication: August 2018

Questions and Submissions: Pamela Morris,

If you are interested in serving as a reviewer for this special issue, we would appreciate your assistance. Please respond to before March 31, 2018.

Guest Editors

Pamela Morris


Susan Sarapin

Deadline for Submissions:

March 31, 2018

Topics ideas to inspire you could include

• Trump’s tweets as official presidential statements

• Trump’s efforts to amend or abolish the First Amendment

• Trump’s derogation of the press and its effect on public trust in the media

• Presidential attempts at censoring and defaming individual and corporate media voices

• Presidential actions through the FCC (threats of license revocation, Net Neutrality, etc.)

• Trump’s use and notion of “fake” news