Graduate Student Directory

Austin Vining

Ph.D. Journalism
Doctoral Advisor: Dr. Clay Calvert, Stanford University

Office: 2019 Weimer Phone: 352-273-1636 Email: avining@ufl.edu Twitter: @acvining

Bio

Hometown: Minden, Louisiana

Austin Vining is a Graduate Research Fellow with the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project and a doctoral student studying communication law. In 2017, his co-authored works garnered Top Student Paper awards from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s regional and national conferences for the Law & Policy Division. He serves on the board of directors for The Independent Florida Alligator and as bibliographer for AEJMC’s Law & Policy Division.

Before returning to academia, he worked as a professional journalist at community daily newspapers in Mississippi. His work in feature writing has earned awards from the Mississippi Press Association (MPA), the Louisiana Press Association (LPA), and the Louisiana/Mississippi Associated Press. Managing Editors (APME). He recently published a column on the dangers of regulating fake news in newspapers across the South.

Education

Master of Arts, Journalism – The University of Mississippi
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism – Louisiana Tech University
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology – Louisiana Tech University

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications:
Clay Calvert, Austin Vining & Sebastian Zarate, Reining in Internet-Age Expansion of Exemption 7(C): Towards a Tort Law Approach for Ferreting Out Legitimate Privacy Concerns and Unwarranted Intrusions Under FOIA, SMU L. Rev., (2017). *Forthcoming

Conference Presentations:
“Fake News and The First Amendment: Reconciling a Disconnect Between Theory and Doctrine” with Stephanie McNeff and Sebastian Zarate, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Annual Conference, Law & Policy Division, Chicago, IL, August 2017. *Top Student Paper

“Reining in Internet-Age Expansion of Exemption 7(C): Towards a Tort Law Approach for Ferreting Out Legitimate Privacy Concerns and Unwarranted Intrusions Under FOIA” with Sebastian Zarate, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Southeast Colloquium, Law & Policy Division, Forth Worth, TX, March 2017. *Top Student Paper

“Removing the Wool: Rethinking the Miller Test 40 Years Later,” Florida Society for the Social Sciences, Gainesville, Fla. April 2017.

Research

Research interests include the First Amendment, FOIA and privacy law.

Courses

MMC 4200: Law of Mass Communications

  • Teaching Assistant – Fall 2016, Fall 2017
  • Sole Instructor – Summer 2017