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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

Phylissa Mitchell

Visiting Assistant Professor of Journalism

Reid Hall 119
(540) 458-8431
mitchellp@wlu.edu

Education

WASHINGTON & LEE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, J.D., 2001
Lexington, VA
Solicited Articles Editor and case note writer, Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice (formerly Race and Ethnic Ancestry Law Journal), 2000-01; Editor-in-Chief, Law News, 2000-01; Mock Trial Semi-Finalist, 2001; Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, 1999-2001; President, Black Law Students Association, 2001; Founding Member, Jewish Law Students Association (2001)

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, B.A., Religious Studies (Minor: Government), 1996
Charlottesville, VA

Teaching

CONSULTANT/WRITER/RESEARCHER, Freelance/Contract, 2012
Keswick, VA

VISITING LECTURER, Department of Journalism, 2010-11
University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
Taught 4/4: media law, feature writing, race and religion in media, the press and politics, newswriting and reporting, and international press law.

FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR, Law, Ukraine, 2008-10
Institute for Journalism, National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv, Ukraine
Lectured in transnational press law, constitutional and discrimination law, digital reporting and cross-cultural reporting.

VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Journalism & Mass Communication, 2006-2008
Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA
Media law, qualitative political campaign analysis, race and religion in media, introduction to digital reporting, electronic reporting, advanced electronic reporting (broadcast production), and investigative reporting for web. Expert in Avid franchise of I-News, Instinct, and Newscutter and Adobe Dreamer and Photoshop

Legal Analyst, Lexis-Nexis, 2006
Venturi Staffing Partners, Charlottesville, VA
Analyst/editor for Texas intellectual property and California Family Code publications.

Consultant, Cardean Learning Group, 2006
Chicago, IL
Created four courses online journalism course for web-based university.

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF BROADCASTING, 2002-2005
P.I. Reed School of Journalism, West Virginia University, Morgantown, VA
Media law, media ethics, broadcast writing and reporting, broadcast bureau, critical theory in media. Broadcast Editor for multi-media website. Created online law class and traditional delivery diversity in media general education requirement class. Advised 40+ undergraduate students and 12-14 graduate students. Affirmative Action Officer, Social Justice Liaison, University Mediator. Chaired six thesis committees. Faculty committees: Diversity, Library, Curriculum, Strategic Planning. Research foci: privacy, campaign spending, critical theory.

VISITING INSTRUCTOR, Dept. of Journalism & Mass Communication, 2001-2002
Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA
Co-taught media law, created course in race, religion, and media, executive-produced student newscast.

LAW CLERK, 2000
United Auto Workers, Detroit, MI
Researched National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decisions, served subpoenas, attended hearings, interviewed complainants, wrote memoranda and drafted briefs.

SUMMER CLERK/RESEARCH ASSISTANT, 1999
NAACP, Roanoke Chapter, Roanoke VA
Received public service grant administered by the Virginia Bar Association to research academic tracking in Roanoke City Schools. Additionally, researched jury polling issues for criminal law professor, Darryl Brown.

REPORTER, 1998
Orange County Review, Orange VA
Covered education, features, and cops and courts including the 1998 murder trial of John Wayne Beverly convicted for the 1989 killing of Ethel Kidd.

PRODUCER/WRITER, 1994-97
Mitched Media, Keswick, VA
Free-lance writer for The Daily Progress, Charlottesville Business Journal, and Real Estate Weekly. Pre-produced video elements for the Women are Bar Association and the Sexual Assault Resource Agency.

FIELD PRODUCER/WRITER, 1993-94
ABC News, New York, NY
Researched, field-produced, and wrote mini-documentaries for weekly newsmagazine including but not limited to the medical and moral issues confronting breast cancer survivors who chose to have children, and the coping mechanisms of women forced to confront deadly force with deadly force.

PRODUCER/WRITER/EDITOR, 1992-93
CBS News, New York, NY
Segment producer, editor, writer, and booker for overnight newscast. Produced week-long series on then-record number of women elected to the U.S. Congress and month-long series on Black History.

PRODUCER/WRITER/EDITOR, 1991-92
NBC NEWS CHANNEL, CHARLOTTE, NC
Producer, writer, editor, and booker for overnight newscast.

PRODUCER/WRITER/REPORTER, 1988-1991
KCTS-TV, SEATTLE, WA
Line-producer/reporter for weekly business show and weekly news magazine. Associate-produced special programming such as a reenactment of "Roe v. Wade," and, National Transportation and Safety Board hearings into the grounding of the Exxon Valdez on location in Anchorage, AK.

Selected Publications

Starting Over: The Katrina Project," journalism.wvu.edu/katrinaproject, 2005

"Free Speech Policies at Land Grant Universities", Rivell, Sarah; Hanson, Ralph; Mitchell, Phylissa, Western Social Science Association Conference Paper, Spring 2004

"Public Law in West Virginia: Media Perspectives," Lorman Education Services, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2003,

Washington & Lee Race and Ethnic Ancestry Law Journal (now the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice), Note, Spring 2001, Vol. VII Johnson v. University of Georgia

GRANTS

2003, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Diversity in Teaching
2004, Poynter Institute Fellow, Diversity Across Curricula
2005, WVU Faculty Development
2008-10, Fulbright grant

PRESENTATIONS

Pacific Northwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, "From West Virginia to F.E.C v. Wisconsin Right to Life, Money as Political Speech", October 18, 2007
Broadcast Education Association, Panel, "The Importance of YouTube in Being Educated," April, 2008
Western Social Science Association, "Thirty-three Dead Later: Race and Domestic Violence in the Worst Shooting in U.S. History," April, 2007
"Press Law in the U.S.: The First Amendment," Taurida V. Vernadsky National University,
Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, Sept. 2008
"We Do Things Differently in the West: Journalism Education in the U.S.," Ministry of Education Annual Conference, Alushta, Crimea, Ukraine, Sept. 2008
"Transnational Press Law," Odessa National University, Odessa, Ukraine, Oct. 2009
"The American Political Structure and the Law," Sumy State National University, Sumy, Ukraine, Nov. 2009
"Drowning in the Information Stream," European Union Media Development Project, Institute of Journalism, Kyiv, Ukraine, March 2009
"It's Not Political, it's Reportage," IREX Roundtable, Institute of Journalism, Kyiv, Ukraine May 2009
"Comparative Press Law," Kharkov University, Kharkov, Ukraine, Oct., 2009
"How World War II Invented Modern Journalism," Institute of Journalism, Kyiv Ukraine, Apr., 2010
Workshop: Multimedia Reporting, Zaporozhye State University, Zaporozhye, Ukraine, June 2010
"Whither the Bologna Process: The Coming Education Crisis in Ukraine," Ottawa, Canada,
Canadian-Ukrainian Model Parliament, Nov. 2010