Leonard Penix

Leonard N. Penix

Professor Educator

Educator Professor

Professional Summary

Leonard N. Penix, J.D., College of Arts and Science of Arts and Sciences,  educator associate professor and news track coordinator, Department of Journalism, has more than 32 years of daily newspaper experience, including 29 years at The Cincinnati Post, where he worked as  production supervisor, assistant metro editor, suburban editor, editor of the online edition, page designer and copy editor. His career as a college educator spans 26 years, including nearly 20 years at the University of Cincinnati.  Professor Penix was licensed in 1985 by the Ohio Supreme Court as an attorney for the practice of law. He has two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Michigan State University, one in English and the other in journalism, and a doctorate in law from Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University. He has published approximately 7,500 articles and news stories, many distributed nationwide through the Associated Press, Scripps Howard and New York Times wire services.  
Penix has delivered speeches at national and regional conferences about media law and related topics for the American College Press Association and the College Media Association, which he formerly served as a member of the law committee. He deliveed a speech about three years ago for approximately 1,000 people in Austin, Texas, and last year returned to Austin to lead a presentation and speak about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and related Internet Media Law topics at the 94th annual National College Media Convention hosted by the American College Press/College Media Association held Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, 2015.

Leonard N. Penix CV

Education

Doctorate in Law: Chase College of Law Highland Heights, Ky., 1984

Two Bachelor of Arts degrees: Michigan State University East Lansing, Mich., 1975 (Journalism and English)

Abbreviated Publications

Book

Completed a 400-page journalism textbook pursuant to a publishing contract with Pearson Education, a division of Pearson Allyn & Bacon, the world's largest textbook publisher.  Publication date to be announced.

Created an overall design concept and preliminary print designs adopted by Pearson editors for “News Now,” a textbook about broadcast journalism published in 2011 by Pearson Higher Education.

Non-Fiction

Approximately 7,500 articles penned during a 32-year career in daily journalism have been published in print and many were distributed nationwide or internationally through the Associated Press, Scripps Howard and New York Times wire services. Approximately 6,500 of these bylined stories are available today in digital databases for Scripps Howard News and the Associated Press or on microfiche at the Public Library of Hamilton County. An estimated 500 million people have read at least one of these stories in print worldwide, and an estimate for additional online readers is not available. (Note: More than 6,500 articles were originally published by The Cincinnati Post and an additional 1,000 stories were printed by other publications.)

Nearly 900 bylined articles with a Len Penix byline penned for The Post and others were included in 2008 in the High Beam Research database, which also serves academics worldwide.

Articles referencing or with Len Penix bylines today appear on scores of Search Engine Result Pages by Google, Yahoo and all major search engines.

Approximately 3,139 articles are referenced in NewsBank, an online collection of articles from news organizations nationwide.

More than six articles with a Len Penix byline were posted since 2007 to the Wikipedia online encyclopedia.

More than 1,900 news stories with a Len Penix byline written for The Post and others were included in 2012 in the Higher Colleges of Technology database, which serves academics worldwide.

Presentations

Invited Presentations

Penix has delivered speeches at national and regional conferences about media law and related topics for the American College Press Association and the College Media Association, which he formerly served as a member of the law committee. He delivered a speech about media law and multimedia storytelling in 2012 for approximately 1,000 professors and college educators in Austin, Texas, and later returned to Austin to lead a presentation and speak about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and related Internet Media Law topics at the 94th annual National College Media Convention hosted by the American College Press/College Media Association held Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, 2015. In addition, Penix was a primary presenter at the 89th annual National College Media Convention held Oct. 27-31, 2010, in Louisville, Kentucky about digital medial news writing and reporting. He also delivered a speech titled Blogging: The New Filter for more than 500 students on Feb. 15, 2007, at the Main College Auditorium of the DAPP Complex at the University of Cincinnati and discussed censorship and subpoenas issued to Enquirer reporters Sheila MacLaughin and Eileen Kelley in the Liz Carroll case during a March 2007 Bearcast radio broadcast sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists. Penix was also a panelist at a 2009 journalism symposium about wartime disabilities hosted by the Drake Foundation, the journalism program at the University of Cincinnati and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Service

After participating in foundational meetings and the process leading to the establishment of the Department of Journalism, Penix served the journalism department as news track coordinator, parliamentarian, as a member of the Scholarship Committee, the Undergraduate Studies Committee and in other capacities as well. Penix has helped formulate and refine the department’s curriculum, learning outcomes, goals and objectives. Penix served as a member of the journalism program’s curriculum development committee, which formulated learning outcomes, objectives, descriptions and other documentation for new and existing course offerings, and as a member of a committee studying conversion to the semester system. I have also assisted in developing standards for program accreditation review and have drafted a course description and learning outcomes for Editing, which is a required course.. In addition, Penix helped developed initial learning outcomes and objectives for Media, Law and Ethics as well as for Reporting & Writing and Editing. Penix advises scores of additional students annually, and has served my department as ad-hoc Chairman of the Reappointment, Promotions and Tenure Committee. Penix has delivered speeches at national and regional conferences about media law and related topics for the American College Press Association and the College Media Association, which he formerly served as a member of the law committee. He delivered a speech in 2013 for approximately 1,000 people in Austin, Texas, and last year lead a presentation and speak about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and related Internet Media Law topics at the 94th annual National College Media Convention hosted by the American College Press/College Media Association. My colleague, Robert Jonason, live-tweeted my speech and presentation during the conference held Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, 2015. Penix recently finished by textbook written pursuant to a publishing contract with Pearson Higher Education. The book, in whole or part, has been presented for five rounds of national reviews by university professors, with approval ratings as high as 85 percent — among the best ever for a journalism textbook. A copy of a text-only version of the book may be read or downloaded at this link: http://adobe.ly/2bwO6wx Penix has delivered speeches at national and regional conferences about media law and related topics for the American College Press Association and the College Media Association, which he formerly served as a member of the law committee. He deliveed a speech about three years ago for approximately 1,000 people in Austin, Texas, and last year returned to Austin to lead a presentation and speak about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and related Internet Media Law topics at the 94th annual National College Media Convention hosted by the American College Press/College Media Association held Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, 2015.

Courses Taught

Editing

Media Law

Advanced Content Editing

News Writing and Reporting

Editing and Design

English Composition

Faculty Development Activities

Participated between 2011 and 2016 in the following seminars about media law, copyright, intellectual property and related journalistic, reportorial and administrative topics: All Ohio 23rd Annual Institute for Intellectual Property at Northern Kentucky University on Sept. 26, 2013; Legal Writing, presented by First District Ohio Court of Appeals Judge Mark Painter, on Dec. 4, 2012; eDiscovery and Forensic Collection and Analysis of Hand-held Devices, presented by the Cincinnati Bar Association on Nov. 20, 2012; Law and Film – Do Films Influence the Law or Reflect it? hosted by First District Ohio Court of Appeals Judge Howard Sundermann Jr. on Nov. 9, 2012; All Ohio 22nd Annual Institute for Intellectual Property at Northern Kentucky University on Sept. 21, 2012; Legal Ethics and Professionalism, presented by the Cincinnati Bar Association, on Sept. 11, 2012; Psyche at Work, hosted by the University of Cincinnati College of Law on Dec. 16, 2011. ? Attended a five-day conference, including a daylong seminar at the Poynter Institute, which was hosted by the College Media Advisers Association (CMA) from July 11 to July 14, 2010, at St. Petersburg, Fla., participating in the following seminars: Multimedia Storytelling Elements, by Sara Quin; Using Video Forms and Illustrations and Mobile Media, by Regina McCombs; Social Media, by Ellyn Angelotti. ? Participated in the following workshops during a five-day CMA conference, including a day-long seminar at the Poynter Institute, June 28 to July 1, 2009, also at St. Petersburg, Fla.: Financial Management of Media Operations; Managing a Converged Media Operation; Principles of Multimedia Storytelling; Ethical Decision Making in the Digital Age; The Lawyer Is In: Advice for Advisers; Current Topics on College Campuses. At the Poytner, during the CMA conference: Convergence, multi-media storytelling, Social Networks and Ethics. ? Attended a five-day conference hosted by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Com Participated between 2011 and 2016 in the following seminars about media law, copyright, intellectual property and related journalistic, reportorial and administrative topics: I participated during the last two years in 25 legal seminars hosted by the Cincinnati Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, Northern Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law. I participated June 30, 2016, for example, in a seminar titled Social Media & Data Security for Attorneys at Rookwood Pavilion in Norwood and on Sept. 22, 2016, at the 26th All Ohio Annual Institute on Intellectual Property at the Sharonville Convention Center. In addition, on April 29, 2016, I attended the following seminars hosted by the University of Cincinnati College of Law at 3300 Great American Tower, 301 East Fourth St., Downtown Cincinnati: Alice and the Oracle of CONTU: The Mysteries of Software as Intellectual Property presented by UC Law Professor Timothy K. Armstrong; Recent Important Decisions from the Supreme Court of Ohio hosted by Professor Emeritus Marianna Brown Bettman; Recent Trends in Employment Discrimination Law, presented by Associate Dean of Law Faculty and Professor Sandra F. Sperino; The Human Rights City, presented by UC Law Professor Bert B. Lockwood; Actors Imaginary Truths for Lawyers presented by Professor Marjorie Corman Aaron; and Netflix “Making a Murderer” and Psychology in the Criminal Process presented by UC Law Professor Mark A. Godsey. I also participated during 2014 and 2015 in the following seminars hosted by the Cincinnati Bar Association about media law, copyright, intellectual property and related journalistic, reportorial and administrative topics: Intellectual Property, Dealing with the Media in High Profile Cases, Courtroom Conduct; All Ohio 24th Annual Institute on Intellectual Property at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center; Law & Film; Local Government Law Update; Ethics & Professionalism; Cyber Sleuth’s Guide to the Internet — Legal & Investigative Research. I have also attended five, daylong conferences that included two, all-day seminars at the Poynter Institute — the prestigious journalism "think tank" at St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., hosted by the College Media Advisers Association: Multimedia Storytelling Elements, by Sara Quin; Using Video Forms and Illustrations and Mobile Media, by Regina McCombs; Social Media, by Ellyn Angelotti; and other programs by a variety of instructors including Financial Management of Media Operations; Managing a Converged Media Operation; Principles of Multimedia Storytelling; Ethical Decision Making in the Digital Age; The Lawyer Is In: Advice for Advisers; Current Topics on College Campuses. In addition, I participated in a five-day convention hosted by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Denver, attending at least nine lectures, workshops and seminars. When I was named a member of the Law Committee of the College Media Advisers during a National College Media Conference in Austin, I attended 10 workshops. I also attended a five-day Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference that was held in Washington, participating in or attending 13 workshops and seminars. Earlier, I attended the Society of Professional Journalists 2009 Convention and National Journalism Conference in Indianapolis, participating in more than 20 lectures, workshops and seminars. All Ohio 23rd Annual Institute for Intellectual Property at Northern Kentucky University on Sept. 26, 2013; Legal Writing, presented by First District Ohio Court of Appeals Judge Mark Painter, on Dec. 4, 2012; eDiscovery and Forensic Collection and Analysis of Hand-held Devices, presented by the Cincinnati Bar Association on Nov. 20, 2012; Law and Film – Do Films Influence the Law or Reflect it? hosted by First District Ohio Court of Appeals Judge Howard Sundermann Jr. on Nov. 9, 2012; All Ohio 22nd Annual Institute for Intellectua, Participated between 2011 and 2016 in the following seminars about media law, copyright, intellectual property and related journalistic, reportorial and administrative topics: All Ohio 23rd Annual Institute for Intellectual Property at Northern Kentucky University on Sept. 26, 2013; Legal Writing, presented by First District Ohio Court of Appeals Judge Mark Painter, on Dec. 4, 2012; eDiscovery and Forensic Collection and Analysis of Hand-held Devices, presented by the Cincinnati Bar Association on Nov. 20, 2012; Law and Film – Do Films Influence the Law or Reflect it? hosted by First District Ohio Court of Appeals Judge Howard Sundermann Jr. on Nov. 9, 2012; All Ohio 22nd Annual Institute for Intellectual Property at Northern Kentucky University on Sept. 21, 2012; Legal Ethics and Professionalism, presented by the Cincinnati Bar Association, on Sept. 11, 2012; Psyche at Work, hosted by the University of Cincinnati College of Law on Dec. 16, 2011. ? Attended a five-day conference, including a daylong seminar at the Poynter Institute, which was hosted by the College Media Advisers Association (CMA) from July 11 to July 14, 2010, at St. Petersburg, Fla., participating in the following seminars: Multimedia Storytelling Elements, by Sara Quin; Using Video Forms and Illustrations and Mobile Media, by Regina McCombs; Social Media, by Ellyn Angelotti. ? Participated in the following workshops during a five-day CMA conference, including a day-long seminar at the Poynter Institute, June 28 to July 1, 2009, also at St. Petersburg, Fla.: Financial Management of Media Operations; Managing a Converged Media Operation; Principles of Multimedia Storytelling; Ethical Decision Making in the Digital Age; The Lawyer Is In: Advice for Advisers; Current Topics on College Campuses. At the Poytner, during the CMA conference: Convergence, multi-media storytelling, Social Networks and Ethics. ? Attended a five-day conference hosted by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication held Aug. 4-7, 2010, in Denver, Col., participating in at least nine lectures, workshops and seminars. ? Participated in the SPJ 2009 Convention and National Journalism Conference in Indianapolis, attending more then 20 lectures, workshops and seminars. ? Named a member of the Law Committee of the College Media Advisers during the National College Media Conference held Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, 2009, in Austin, Texas, while attending the following workshops: Breaking News with Twitter and Live Blogging; Web Publishing with Free Content Management Systems; Newspaper Business & Advertising Workshop; The Future of Visual Journalism; So You Want to Write a Textbook; Legal Issues with the Internet; State of the First Amendment; Media Business Models; Collegiate Newspaper Design. ? Participated in a five-day conference hosted by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication held Aug. 7-12, 2007, in Washington, D.C., attending more than 15 workshops and seminars: Issues and Challenges Facing Campus Media; Journalism and Politics -- Inside the Beltway; Numbers in the Newsroom -- How Newspaper Ownership Changes Have Affected News Coverage and Editorial Independence; Citizen Journalism and the Voice of the Voiceless; Preparing Journalists for the 21st Century; The Doctor is In; Grow Your Own -- Nurturing a Newsroom From Local Schools; Challenges to Authority in Media and Religion; Media Coverage of the Tragedy at Virginia Tech: Rising to the Occasion, or Sinking to New Lows; An Insider’s Look at the Washington Press Corps; When Self Interest and Public Interests Collide -- Consequences and Effects of Media Ownership; Law and Ethics of the First Amendment In and Out of the Classroom; What Do Today’s Print Readers Want? ? Attended the following legal seminars hosted by the Cincinnati Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, Northern Kentucky University or the University of Cincinnati College of Law: Oct. 8, 2010, Chase College of Law Alumni A