CHARLES N. DAVIS is a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and the facilitator of the Media of the Future Initiative for Mizzou Advantage.
Davis’ scholarly research focuses on access to governmental information and media law. He has published in law reviews and scholarly journals on issues ranging from federal and state freedom of information laws to libel law, privacy and broadcast regulation. He has earned a Sunshine Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his work in furthering freedom of information and the University of Missouri-Columbia Provost’s Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching, as well as the Faculty-Alumni Award. In 2008, Davis was named the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Teacher of the Year.
Davis has been a primary investigator for a research grant from the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation for the National Freedom of Information Coalition and another from the Rockefeller Family Fund for the study of homeland security and freedom of information issues. He was a co-investigator for an award from the U.S. Department of State for a curriculum reform project for Moscow State University in Russia.
Davis worked for newspapers and as a national correspondent for Lafferty Publications, a Dublin-based news wire service for financial publications, Davis reported on banking, e-commerce and regulatory issues for seven years before leaving full-time journalism in 1993. He completed a master’s degree from the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communication and earned a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Florida in 1995. He received his bachelor’s degree from North Georgia College.
Davis participates in numerous professional organizations, including the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.
- David Cuillier and Charles N. Davis. “The Art of Access: Practical Strategies for Acquiring Public Records,” Congressional Quarterly Press (2010).
- Davis, C.N., & Splichal, S.L. (2001). “Access Denied: Freedom of Information in the Information Age.” Ames: Iowa State University Press.
Refereed Paper Presentation
- Michele Albert and Charles N. Davis. “Using Secrecy to Fight Terrorism? Access, Homeland Security and the ‘Mosaic Theory’ as a Rationale for Closure.” Security Cultures and Media Symposium, Melbourne, Australia, March 26-27, 2010.
- Davis, C.N. (2005). “Expanding Privacy Rationales Under the Federal Freedom of Information Act: Stigmatization as Talisman.” Social Science Computer Review, 23(4), 453-462.
- Davis, C.N. (2005). “Conceptualizations of Privacy in Electronic Information. International Journal of Public Administration,” 28, 567-580.
- Davis, C.N. (2003). “Electronic Access to Information and the Privacy Paradox: Rethinking ‘Practical Obscurity’ and Its Impact on Electronic Freedom of Information.” Social Science Computer Review, 21(1), 15-25.
- Davis, C.N., & Craft, S.L. (2001). “Of Joint Ventures, Sock Puppets and New Media Synergy: Codes of Ethics and the Emergence of Institutional Conflicts of Interest.” Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 15(4).
- Reinardy, S., & Davis, C.N. (2005). “A Real Home Field Advantage: Access to Public University Foundation Records.” Journal of Law & Education, 34, 389.
- Halstuk, M.E., & and Davis, C.N. (2002). “The Public Interest Be Damned: Lower Court Treatment of the Reporters Committee ‘Central Purpose’ Reformulation.” Administrative Law Review, 54(3).
- Charles N. Davis. “Revenge of the Jammie Surfers: The Inevitable Clash of E-governance and Informational Privacy Over Online Court Records,” in “Handbook of Public Information Systems,” 3d ed., David Garson, ed., Taylor & Francis (2009).
- Charles N. Davis. “Newsgathering,” in “Communications and the Law,” Hopkins, W., ed., Vision Press, 2009.
- Davis, C.N. (2005). “Obstacles or Access: Reconsidering Anonymous Access to Government Information in a Post-Sept. 11 Environment.” In G.D. Garson (Ed.), “Managing the Virtual State: Public Information Technology and E-Governance.” Boston: Jones & Bartlett.
- Davis, C.N. (2005). “Privacy Considerations in Electronic Judicial Records: When Constitutional Rights Collide.” In G.D. Garson (Ed.), “Handbook of Public Information Systems” (2nd ed.). Taylor & Francis.
- Davis, C.N. (2001). “Newsgathering.” In W. Hopkins (Ed.), Communication and the Law. Northport, AL: Vision Press.
- Charles N. Davis, David Cuillier. The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records, CQ Press College, 2010.
- May 2, 2013: SPJ Announces National Mark of Excellence Award Winners
- Apr 26, 2013: Two Journalism Professors Elected to Serve on Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Standing Committees
- Apr 15, 2013: 7 Missouri Journalism Students Selected for Mizzou 39 by the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board
- Mar 6, 2013: Jessica Pupovac, MA '12, Reworks Master's Project for The Crime Report
- Dec 20, 2012: New York Times Reporter Ian Urbina to Team-Teach Course in Obtaining and Using Government Information
- Sep 4, 2012: Five Missouri Journalism Faculty Receive Promotions, and the School Welcomes Six New Professors for the 2012-13 Academic Year
- Aug 14, 2012: Article by Missouri Journalism Professor Cited as One of the Top 50 Classics in Journalism and Mass Communication Scholarship
- Jul 25, 2012: Journalism Students Produce 10-Part Series on Book Challenges in Missouri's Public Schools
- Apr 13, 2012: Missouri School of Journalism Students Earn 29 SPJ Regional Mark of Excellence Awards
- Feb 3, 2012: CDC's Nowak Named First Mizzou Advantage Visiting Professional
- Jun 24, 2011: McCormick Foundation Funds National Program in Support of First Amendment Education Programs
- May 18, 2011: Journalism Books by Davis, Heiman Recognized at MU Campus Authors Event
- Apr 20, 2011: 17 Students Honored with SPJ Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards
- Feb 17, 2011: School Faculty to Help Lead Seven New Mizzou Advantage Proposals
- Dec 2, 2010: Journalists Guiltless After Latest Round of Wikileaks, MU Experts Say
- Aug 25, 2010: National Press Club Board Selects Press-Freedom Honorees
- Jul 30, 2010: Faculty, Students to Serve as Moderators, Discussants and Panelists for 21 Sessions at AEJMC
- Jul 29, 2010: Missouri Journalism Students, Faculty to Present 44 Papers at International Research Conference
- Apr 19, 2010: Charles Davis Named One of Five Faculty Facilitators for Mizzou Advantage
- Apr 13, 2010: Missouri School of Journalism Students Earn Bragging Rights at SPJ Regional Conference with 25 Mark of Excellence Awards
- Apr 13, 2010: Two Missouri Journalism Faculty Elected to Key AEJMC Committees
- Mar 2, 2010: 12 Journalism Seniors Inducted into Elite Mizzou '39
- Feb 17, 2010: New Knight FOI Fund Awards First Two Cases
- Aug 19, 2009: Kyle Stokes Earns a National Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists
- Aug 18, 2009: The Society of Professional Journalists Selects the School's Chapter as One of the Best in the Nation
- Jul 22, 2009: Missouri Journalism Faculty, Students to Present 50 Scholarly Papers, Lead 21 Sessions at Upcoming Research Conference
- Mar 17, 2009: Life Stories: Paul Fisher Alumnus, Former Professor and Director of the Freedom of Information Center
- Mar 13, 2009: Charles Davis Named National Journalism Teacher of the Year by the Scripps Howard Foundation
- Mar 12, 2009: Master's Student Wins Google Policy Fellowship to Study Internet Policy in Washington, D.C.
- Oct 24, 2008: Professor and Two Journalism School Alumni Receive Mizzou Alumni Association's 2008 Faculty-Alumni Awards
- Oct 21, 2008: Missouri School of Journalism to Host National Press Club Forum on Journalism's Future and Values
- Apr 30, 2008: 11 Missouri Journalism Students Receive Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists
- May 31, 2007: Missouri Journalism Reporters Earn Seven Awards in National Society of Professional Journalists' Competition
- May 14, 2007: 17 Missouri Journalism Students, One Local Media Outlet Claim Mark of Excellence Awards from Regional Society of Professional Journalists
- Apr 25, 2007: Convergence Journalism Professor Earns 2007 Excellence in Education Award for Extracurricular Work with Students
- Apr 16, 2007: Missouri School of Journalism Receives $590,000 Grant to Host Reynolds High School Journalism Institutes
- Nov 13, 2006: Summer Internship Contest Recognizes Thirteen for Outstanding Journalism Work
- Sep 18, 2006: SPJ Honors Davis with President's Award
- Jul 17, 2006: Journalism Students and Faculty to Present 31 Papers at 2006 AEJMC Conference
- May 1, 2006: Stacey Woelfel Receives the Excellence in Education Award
- Feb 20, 2006: Missouri SPJ Student Chapter Receives $1,000 Grant for Ethics Week
- Jan 24, 2006: Former Tina Hills Fellow Wins International Award
- Oct 6, 2005: Missouri School of Journalism Receives $1.7 Million Grant to Establish New Home, Expand Scope for NFOIC
- Sep 7, 2005: Freshmen Get Involved at Fall Welcome
- Jul 7, 2005: Missouri Students Honored with National Mark of Excellence Awards
- May 20, 2005: Two Longtime Missouri Journalism Professors Retire
- May 4, 2005: Student Copy Editor Wins Award of Excellence at the Annual ACES Conference
- May 3, 2005: Faculty Select Kathleen Edwards for "Pat on the Back" Staff Recognition Award
- Apr 15, 2005: Missouri Counts 12 Winners, 15+ Awards, in Region 7 SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards
- Apr 12, 2005: USA TODAY Editor to Lead Discussion on First Amendment in Columbia
- Feb 25, 2005: Symposium to Address Improved Access to Government Information
- Jan 17, 2005: Upcoming Hurley Symposium to Address Issue of Citing Anonymous Sources
- Dec 15, 2004: First Tina Hills Fellow Wins Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarship
- Aug 23, 2004: Missouri Faculty and Students Win Awards, Present Papers at Professional Conference
- Jun 25, 2004: Magazine Faculty Member Receives Campus Teaching Award
- May 7, 2004: J-School Associate Dean Recognized for Excellence in Education
- Mar 3, 2004: Missouri SPJ Chapter Receives Grant, Will Host Ethicist
- Nov 23, 2003: Missouri Sunshine Law Upgrade Announced at School
- Nov 11, 2003: New Contest Recognizes Summer and Internship Work
- Oct 13, 2003: Symposium to Discuss Freedom of Expression in a Digital World
- Oct 3, 2002: Missouri School of Journalism Hosts Symposium in D.C.