Jane E. Kirtley is the Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, where she is also the Director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law. She is an affiliated faculty member at the Law School.

A lawyer and former journalist, Professor Kirtley was the Executive Director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press from 1984-1999.

Professor Kirtley writes and speaks frequently on First Amendment and Freedom of Information issues, and on media and legal ethics, in the United States and abroad. Read her recent article, Project Veritas and the mainstream media: Strange allies in the fight to protect press freedom, published in "The Conversation" on November 22, 2021.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • J.D.: Law, Vanderbilt University, 1979
  • M.S.J.: Journalism, Northwestern University, 1976
  • B.S.J.: Journalism, Northwestern University, 1975


  • Constitutional law
  • EU data protection
  • First Amendment
  • Free speech
  • Freedom of information
  • Freedom of the press
  • Information privacy
  • Media ethics
  • Media law
  • Media/military relations
  • National security