He has nearly 20 years of professional experience as a journalist, including stints as a city editor and columnist at the Columbia Missourian and editor-in-chief of Dispute Resolution Magazine. He has been licensed to practice law in both Texas and Missouri, working in both local government and general practice in central Texas from 1998 to 2000.
Dr. Stewart's research has focused on media law, most recently examining the challenges journalists and strategic communicators face when using social media. He edited the forthcoming release Social Media and the Law: A Guidebook for Communication Students and Professionals (Routledge, 2012) and has published several articles on media law topics such as digital copyright, libel on Twitter, judicial contempt power in reporter confidentiality cases, and freedom of information laws.
Several of these publications are available at http://works.bepress.com/daxton_stewart/
Dr. Stewart's research earned him a nomination for the Dean's Research Award at TCU in 2011. His paper on copyright and fair use regarding photographs posted on Facebook won the Top Faculty Paper Award in the Law & Policy Division of AEJMC in 2011. That same year, his paper on social media policies for professional communicators was awarded the Third Place Faculty Paper in the Communication Technology Division of AEJMC. In 2010, his paper on designing public access ombuds offices received the Second Place Faculty Paper Award in the Law & Policy Division.
Dr. Stewart is a frequent speaker on media law topics to local and national organizations. He moderated and spoke on a panel at South by Southwest Interactive 2012 in Austin on Intellectual Property Issues in Social Media.
In his time at TCU, Dr. Stewart has served as faculty adviser for Kappa Tau Alpha, the national journalism honors association; director of the TCU High School Journalism Workshop, sponsored by the Dow Jones News Fund, since 2008; co-founding editor of Community Journalism, an online, peer-reviewed journal that published its first issue in 2012; and he currently serves in leadership of the Law & Policy Division of AEJMC as the research chair.
Doctor of Philosophy (Journalism), 2009, University of Missouri - Columbia
Master of Laws (Dispute Resolution), 2007, University of Missouri School of Law
Master of Arts (Journalism), 2004, University of Missouri - Columbia
Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1998, University of Texas School of Law
Bachelor of Arts (Journalism), 1994, Southern Methodist University
Bachelor of Arts (History), 1994, Southern Methodist University