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Dr. Jason Guthrie

Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies

Office: Music Education 219
Visual and Performing Arts
College of Arts & Sciences


Jason Lee Guthrie is a media historian interested in the intersections of creativity and economics. He has specific interests in the creative industries and intellectual property law.


Ph D, Mass Communication, The University of Georgia, 2018

MA, Educational Media, Appalachian State University, 2011

BA, Communication Studies, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, 2009

AA, General Studies, Central Piedmont Community College, 2006

Awards and Honors

Gene Hatfield Scholar of the Year Award, Clayton State University College of Arts and Sciences, Award, 2023

Award of Excellence, Broadcast Education Association On-Location, Award, 2023

Rising Scholar Award, American Journalism Historians Association, Honor, 2023

Award of Excellence, Broadcast Education Association On-Location, Award, 2022

Margaret A. Blanchard Prize, American Journalism Historians Association, Honor, 2019

Intellectual Contributions

Jason Lee Guthrie, This Copyright Kills Fascists: Debunking the Mythology Surrounding Woody Guthrie, "This Land is Your Land," and the Public Domain, Information & Culture – April 2023

Jason Lee Guthrie, Lori Amber Roessner, Covering Copyright: Phil Walden and Jimmy Carter in the Press During the 1976 Presidential Campaign, Journalism History – 2022

Jason Guthrie, Ill-Protected Portraits: Mathew Brady and Photographic Copyright, Journalism History – June 28 2019

Jason Guthrie, America’s First Unprofessional Songwriter: Stephen Foster and the Ritual Economy of Copyright in Early American Popular Music, Journal of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association – 2019

Jason Guthrie, Poor Richard Revised: Benjamin Franklin and the Ritual Economy of Copyright in Colonial America, American Journalism – July 3 2018

Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

Jason Lee Guthrie, Recollecting Carter, Georgia Humanities –  2023

Jason Lee Guthrie, Laker Learning, College of Arts and Sciences –  2022

Jason Lee Guthrie, “Look Forward: A Digital Exhibition on Civil Rights and the Pulitzer Prize in Georgia”, Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative –  January 1 2016 to December 31 2016

Contracts, Grants, and Sponsored Research

Jason Lee Guthrie, Carolyn Walcott, Shontelle Thrash, Communication and Media Studies Multiple Course Transformation Grant, USG Affordable Learning Georgia, State, 30000, Funded –  February 2022 to Spring 2023

Service to the University & University System of Georgia

Department, Public Information Committee, Chairperson –  Fall 2019 to Present