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Indiana University School of Journalism

Jon Paul Dilts, Esq.Jon Paul Dilts, Esq.

Associate Professor Emeritus

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Jon Paul Dilts is an educator, journalist, mediator and attorney licensed to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Indiana Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
As a professor and associate dean at the Indiana University School of Journalism, Dilts taught undergraduate courses about communications law, public affairs reporting and newspaper and magazine reporting and editing. He taught graduate courses about the press and the First Amendment, news coverage of law and legal institutions, and international media law. He is the co-author of the textbook, Media Law, with Professor Ralph Holsinger, published by McGraw-Hill, and a book about the history of Indiana courthouses, titled The Magnificent 92, featuring the photography of Will Counts and published by Indiana University Press.
He served with the U.S. Army overseas from 1968 to 1971, after which he worked on the staff of The Peru (Ind.) Daily Tribune as a reporter, wire editor and city editor. While in law school, he worked as a reporter for the daily Vidette-Messenger (now The Times) in Valparaiso, Indiana; as Interim Editor of Star-Register Newspapers in Crown Point, Indiana; as a copy editor for the American Bar Association's magazine, Student Lawyer, in Chicago; as a part-time lecturer in journalism at Valparaiso University; and as an editor on the Valparaiso University Law Review. In 1981 he joined the Court of Appeals of Indiana as a judicial law clerk and in 1982 joined the faculty at Indiana University. He retired from IU in 2010 as an emeritus member of the faculty.