joined the Elon University School of
Communications faculty in 2001. He teaches media history and the
capstone courses in the School. He is also the program director of
Elon's graduate program in interactive media. In 2006, he was named the
Distinguished University Scholar by Elon University, and in 1998,
the Virginia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the
Advancement of Teaching. Professor Copeland holds the Ph.D. in mass
communication research from the University of North Carolina.
development, growth and impact in America.
Publications & Research
Professor Copeland has written
extensively on America's history
through media. Most of his work looks at the way the press has shaped
The Idea of a Free Press
contribution to the history of
free expression is complexity in its simplest form." —American Journalism
be one of
the most extensive anthologies of any kind of journalism ever." —Columbia Journalism Review
Best Reference Source of 2005 by the Library Journal, an Editors'
students refer to this book for history or science reports, for
journalism or debates, all will find in this title a unique and
memorable look at what the people who forged a new country thought
about the issues affecting their daily lives." —The Book Report