Press Freedom Research from Professor Jones Garners National Attention

Recent research on press freedom by University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor RonNell Andersen Jones has attracted national attention, with two recent stories in The New York Times and an invitation to present the scholarship at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The New York Times discussed “Enemy Construction and the Press,” which Jones coauthored with Lisa Grow Sun, in a recent article addressing changing voter motivations. A second article, published last week,  “One Thing Donald Trump Would Like is Freedom from the Press,” contains excerpts of the research and quotes Jones on the relationship between press freedom and the protection of democratic institutions. 

Jones will also join other prominent First Amendment scholars and top media lawyers for a special event at the National Press Club on Friday, April 6. At the conference, “Truth, Trust, and the First Amendment in the Digital Age,” Jones will share insights from her research on recent press-freedom trends and will address the problems of “fake news” and the vilification of media institutions.

The research, published earlier this year in Arizona State Law Journal, can be downloaded here: or