School of Media & Strategic Communications

Joey Senat

Senat Joey


Associate Professor

Author of “Mass Communication Law in Oklahoma,” which is used in newsrooms across the state.

Dr. Senat is quoted frequently by the media on freedom of information and First Amendment issues. His model letter for public records requests is widely used in the state by reporters and attorneys and is featured as a state FOI resource by the National Freedom of Information Coalition and by the Marion Brechner Citizen Access Project.

Coordinator for OSU’s High School Journalism Day and for the Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association.

President, FOI Oklahoma Inc., 2007. Former book review editor and member of the editorial board for Newspaper Research Journal.


B.A. journalism, Louisiana State University, 1984; M.A. journalism, Memphis State University, 1993; Ph.D. mass communication law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000.


Top Ten Best New Blogs in Oklahoma for 2009, FOI Oklahoma Blog, Okie Blog Awards; 2008-09 Outstanding Professor, School of Journalism & Broadcasting, selected by OSU Ad Club; 2007 Marian Opala First Amendment Award; 2005 SPJ Distinguished Service to the First Amendment Award; 2005 Golden Torch Award, OSU College of Arts & Sciences; 1999-2000 Outstanding Professor, OSU College of Arts & Sciences.

Professional Experience

Reporter for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn., and the Tulsa (Okla.) World.
Published in Mass Communication Law and Policy, Newspaper Research Journal, College Media Review, Journalism Educator, the IRE Journal and The Quill.

Research Interests

Oklahoma's Mass Communication Law; State FOI Laws; First Amendment Rights of College and High School Students.

Invited Presentations

AEJMC; Edward R. Murrow Program for International Journalists; IRE National Conference; NAHJ Region 6; SPJ Region 8 Conference; IRE Better Watchdog Workshops; First Amendment Congress of Oklahoma; Oklahoma Institute for Diversity in Journalism.


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