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Professor Rebecca Taylor is director of the broadcast minor and an assistant professor of journalism. She is an award-winning journalist and lawyer with a background in print and broadcast news. She has written for daily newspapers and worked as a reporter and anchor for major talk radio and television news stations. A former trial attorney, she has served as a legal affairs analyst on high-profile court cases. Taylor teaches all aspects of news writing and reporting with an emphasis on media law and First Amendment theory.

Degree Program University
J.D. Graduated with Distinction, Law Review, Dean's List, Honor Society University of the Pacific
B.A. journalism Baylor University

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

Active learning. Our students don't just study journalism, they practice it by shooting, editing and writing stories.

What I Love About Siena

There's a strong sense of community at Siena that's evident in and out of the classroom. Our students are competitive, but they clearly support and inspire one another. I find the small class size fosters a spirit of camaraderie that enhances our group productions, and allows professors to work one-on-one with students to further their career goals.

My Favorite Courses to Teach

My communications law class features lively in-class debates and discussions on provocative issues surrounding the First Amendment, censorship and media ethics. It's a chance for students to appreciate the legal and ethical consequences of communicating to a mass audience, which I believe enhances their marketability upon graduation.

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2011 - Now Assistant Professor of Journalism / Director of Broadcast & Society Minor Siena College
2006 - 2010 Reporter CBS 42 News
2002 - 2006 Lecturer Baylor University
1994 - 1997 Reporter - Legal Affairs McClatchy Newspapers

Awards & Distinctions

  • Winning entry in nationwide peer-reviewed competition that selected 10 professors to present best enterprise ideas for the classroom at national Broadcast Education conference.   Sued or Not Sued?  Limiting Liability on Social Media:  Identifying Legal Exposure in Gathering and Disseminating Information on Social Media.
    Category: Research
    Broadcast Education Association, 2014

Presentations

  • Covering Crime in the Modern Media: Balancing a Free Press and Fair Trial Rights
    2015
    International Pop Culture Association conference, Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Defamation: The Perils of Publishing Inaccurate Information.
    2015
    College Media Association conference, New York City, New York
  • Newsgathering
    2015
    College Media Association conference, New York City, New York
  • Screening: The Light at the Edge of the Cliff
    2015
    University Film and Video Association national conference, Washington, District of Columbia
  • The Intersection of Libel Law and Media Ethics
    2015
    College Media Association conference, New York City, New York
  • "It's helping & hurting breaking news, but it's not going anywhere. Twitter's staying power and how to teach your students to be responsible using it."
    2014
    Broadcast Education Association conference, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Breaking News in 140 Characters: An Analysis of Twitter's Impact and Legal Liability in National News Coverage
    2014
    Broadcast Education Association conference, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • College TV & Radio: The Challenges and Triumphs of Smaller Programs.
    2014
    Broadcast Education Association conference, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Cross-Training for the Modern Literary Journalist: Creating Content Across Multiple Platforms
    2014
    Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference, Montreal, Canada-Quebec
  • Cross-training for the Modern Literary Journalist: Creating Content Across Multiple Platforms
    2014
    Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference, Montreal, Canada-Quebec
  • Documenting Public History: The Digital Journalist as Public Historian,
    2014
    Broadcast Education Association District 1 (Tri-State) Conference, Hartford, Connecticut
  • Libel Law: What Not to Say
    2014
    College Media Association conference, New York City, New York
  • Media Ethics: How to Expect the Unexpected
    2014
    College Media Association conference, New York City, New York
  • Perfecting the Pitch.
    2014
    College Media Association conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Privacy Pitfalls: Analyzing Invasion of Privacy Tort Claims.
    2014
    College Media Association conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Revenge Porn: Criminalizing the Posting of Provocative Pictures when Breakups Go Bad
    2014
    International Communication Association conference, Seattle, Washington
  • Revenge Porn: Criminalizing the Posting of Provocative Pictures when Breakups Go Bad
    2014
    International Communication Associaton, Seattle, Washington
  • Sued or Not Sued? Limiting Liability on Social Media: Identifying Legal Exposure in Gathering and Disseminating Information on Social Media
    2014
    Broadcast Education Association conference, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • The Art of the Story Pitch
    2014
    College Media Association conference, New York City, New York
  • Incorporating Arts Reporting in the Broadcast Curriculum
    2013
    Broadcast Education Association District 1 (Tri-State) Conference, Albany, New York
  • Invited Speaker, Theatre Criticism for Broadcast Students
    2013
    Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival-Region I, Hyannis, Massachusetts
  • Journalist Defined: Debating the Meaning of Journalist in the Age of Citizen Bloggers, Activists and Whistleblowers
    2013
    Broadcast Education Association District 1 (Tri-State) Conference, Albany, New York
  • Screening, The Student Life Experience
    2013
    Broadcast Education Association District 1 (Tri-State) Conference, Albany, New York
  • Screening: Profiling the Liberal Arts Experience
    2013
    Broadcast Education Association District 1 (Tri-State) Conference, Albany, New York
  • Screening: Feature Writing & Reporting video
    2013
    Broadcast Education Association District 1 (Tri-State) Conference, Albany, New York
  • Screening:Transition Day Student Video Contest
    2013
    Broadcast Education Association District 1 (Tri-State) Conference, Albany, New York