David R. Wheeler, Ph.D.

Journalism professor and freelance writer

Hello, fellow travelers, and thanks for visiting. I'm a journalism professor at The University of Tampa, as well as a freelance writer for outlets such as CNN, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Newsweek, and Columbia Journalism Review. Here's a link to my portfolio.

Some things I’m proud of: One of my Atlantic articles, “Do Students Still Have Free Speech in School?,” is required reading for a class at Harvard (week five on the syllabus). Another Atlantic article, “The Plot Against Student Newspapers,” was used in an amicus brief before the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

My writing on the First Amendment is widely cited in law reviews and journals. You can click these links to read specific law review articles that have cited my work: Law and Inequality, Widener Law Review, BYU Law Review, and Indiana Law Journal.

My Atlantic article  “Do Students Still Have Free Speech in School?” is cited in the Yale University Press book Free Speech on Campus by law professors Erwin Chemerinsky and Howard Gillman. 

My work is also cited in The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies, published in May 2019 by Wiley Blackwell-ICA International Encyclopedias of Communication. My Atlantic article “The Plot Against Student Newspapers” is cited in the entry “College and University Student Media.”

My article “Don’t Press the Panic Button Yet: An Analysis of Federal Student Press Law Cases at the University Level” was chosen as the lead article in Volume 54 of College Media Review, the flagship journal of the College Media Association.

In 2018, I was honored to give the Hosokawa Distinguished Journalism Lecture at Whitman College in Washington State. Other Hosokawa lecturers have included author Sarah Kendzior, Pulitzer winner Hendrick Smith, and Los Angeles Times editor Terry Tang.

RSVP to more free speech panels!
Multimedia Storytelling MW noon
Multimedia Storytelling MW 4-6
Multimedia Storytelling TR 4-6
COM 284: Principles of Public Relations
AWR 101: Writing and Inquiry
COM 384: Writing for Public Relations
JOU 101: Introduction to Journalism
AWR 201
JOU 304: Multimedia Journalism II
COM 225: Media Writing
UTTV Practicum
Mass Media and Society
Survey: Hate Speech vs. Free Speech
Senior Portfolio Class
Minaret Practicum
JOU 294: Special Topics: Introduction to Broadcast Journalism
COM 283: Principles of Advertising
Writing Portfolio
Photography Portfolio
Blog
News Consumption Habits