Refereed scholarly publications


Ken Ward and Aimee Edmondson, “The Espionage Conviction of Kansas City Editor Jacob Frohwerk: ‘A Clear and Present Danger’ to the United States,” Journal of Media Law & Ethics (Summer/Fall, 2017).

Aimee Edmondson, “Rearticulating New York Times v. Sullivan as a Social Duty to Journalists,” Journalism Studies (Fall 2016). 

Aimee Edmondson, “A Pulitzer from the North, a Libel Suit from the South: Southern Editors’ Civil Rights Writings, 1954-1968,” First Amendment Law Review, 12 (Winter 2014). 

Aimee Edmondson, “Tool of Empowerment: The Rhetorical Vision of Title Nine,” Lodz Papers in Pragmatics 7:1 (Fall 2011): 135-154.

Molly Yanity and Aimee Edmondson, “Ethics and the Online Coverage of Recruiting High School Athletes,” International Journal of Sports Communication, 4 (Winter 2011): 403-421.

Aimee Edmondson and Charles N. Davis, “Prisoners of Private Industry: Economic Development and State Sunshine Laws,” Communication Law & Policy, 16: 317 (Summer 2011): 317-348.

Aimee Edmondson, “In Sullivan’s Shadow: The Use and Abuse of Libel Law Arising from the Civil Rights Movement, 1960-1989,” Journalism History 37:1 (April 2011): 27-38.

Aimee Edmondson and Earnest L. Perry, “‘To the detriment of the institution’: The Missouri Student’s Fight to Desegregate the University of Missouri.” American Journalism 27:4 (Fall 2010): 105-131.

Aimee Edmondson, “Packing Heat: A Gun Battle between Privacy and Access,” Journal of Media Law & Ethics, 1:4 (Summer/Fall 2009): 217-240.

Aimee Edmondson and Earnest L. Perry, “Objectivity and The Journalist’s Creed: Local coverage of Lucile Bluford’s fight to enter the Missouri School of Journalism.” Journalism History 33: 4 (Winter 2008): 233-240.

Elinor Kelley Grusin and Aimee Edmondson, “Taking it to the Web: Youth News Moves Online.” Newspaper Research Journal 24: 3 (Summer 2003): 91-96. 


“In Sullivan’s Shadow: The Use and Abuse of Libel Law During the Civil Rights Movement.” This study analyzes libel cases filed by southern public officials relating to African Americans’ increasing fight for equal rights. Research identifies little-noticed lawsuits filed in the wake of the landmark New York Times v. Sullivan. This study expands on the evidence and argument that southern officials used existing libel laws to craft what amounted to a sedition law in order to stop the press from covering the civil rights movement. Book contract with the University of Massachusetts Press.  

“Making Whiteness: Racial Defamation and the Negro Moniker,” revising and resubmitting article for American Journalism