Barbara Fought

Journalism Innovation

Associate Professor of Broadcast & Digital Journalism

Barbara Croll Fought (rhymes with “boat”) has been at the Newhouse School since 1993, teaching radio and television writing, reporting and producing and communications law. What she loves about being a faculty member is the teaching, and she’s most proud to have received the “Teaching Excellence Award” from the Class of 1995.

She is currently researching reporters’ use of the Internet. You can read her blog at and follow her @readyreporter. Her research interests focus on how journalists and citizens access information, including access to public documents and meetings. She runs a discussion group on the Internet, FOI-L, which deals with state and local freedom of information issues.

From 2006-10, Fought served as the part-time director of the Tully Center for Free Speech, Newhouse’s educational and research center focusing on free speech and media law.

She is the co-author of a reporting textbook, “News in a New Century,” and a contributor to “Click on Democracy,” written by several Newhouse professors.

She was formerly a special projects producer at WDIV-TV, Detroit, specializing in investigative reporting and politics. There she earned 18 national, state and local awards, including nine Emmys. In 2005, she worked for a month at WPTZ-TV, Burlington-Plattsburgh to refresh her skills. Fought previously worked as a public relations practitioner, newspaper reporter and lecturer at Eastern Michigan University.

She earned a J.D. cum laude from the University of Detroit Mercy and a B.S.J. summa cum laude from Ohio University. She was formerly a licensed attorney in Michigan.

She lives in Jamesville, N.Y. with her husband, Nelson Price, a retired cable television executive.


  • J.D. University of Detroit Mercy


  • Communications Law
  • First Amendment Law
  • News Coverage
  • Reporters’ Use of Internet
  • Social Media and Journalism
  • Writing for Media
  • Writing for New Media

Critical issues in media law, including libel, privacy, fair trial/free press, obscenity.