Mark Goodman

Mark Goodman

School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Professor/Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism
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Mark Goodman joined the faculty of Kent State's School of Journalism and Mass Communication in January 2008 as the school's first Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism after serving 22 years as executive director of the Student Press Law Center in Washington, D.C. Goodman is an expert in media law, the role of high school student journalism in preparing journalists and citizens, the practice of press freedom in American schools and freedom of information issues involving schools and colleges. He was the lead researcher for the Scholastic Journalism Census, which quantified the number of student publications in high schools across the country.

Goodman has an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Missouri–Columbia and a law degree from Duke University. He has been a guest or adjunct faculty member at several institutions including the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, the American University in Washington, D.C., Bowling Green State University and Virginia Commonwealth University. He also has served on the Advisory Council for the Department of Mass Media Arts at Hampton University. Among the awards Goodman has received for his work with the student press are a First Amendment Award from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, a First Amendment Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Intellectual Freedom Award from the National Council of Teachers of English, the Gerald M. Sass Award for Distinguished Service to Journalism and Mass Communication from the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Louis E. Ingelhart First Amendment Award and the Reid H. Montgomery Distinguished Service Award from College Media Advisers, the Carl Towley Award — the Journalism Education Association’s highest honor and the Gold Key from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. He is the author of the chapter on Regulating Student Expression in the Vision Press media law textbook Communication and the Law.  Goodman teaches classes in media law and in the master's program for journalism educators.


  • Law of Mass Communication
  • Law of Mass Communication Honors
  • Mass Communication Law and Ethics


Bachelor of Journalism, University of Missouri–Columbia, Juris Doctor, Duke University


Scholastic Journalism, Press Freedom, Media Law, Civic Education, Citizen Journalism, Journalism and Mass Communication, Freedom of Information, Student Media


  • Chapter author, Communication and the Law (2019 and 2020 editions), Vision Press


  • RCFP First Amendment Award, SPJ First Amendment Award, NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award, ASJMC Gerald M. Sass Distinguished Service Award, CSPA Gold Key, JEA Carl Towley Award, CMA Reid Montgomery Award