About Patrick

Associate Professor Patrick T. Lafferty

    Patrick T. Lafferty is an award-winning mass communicator specializing in production, content management, and open licensing, as well as Professor of Web Development and Digital Media at Johnson County Community College (JCCC). Before joining the faculty at JCCC, Professor Lafferty managed and taught a staff of 200+ student journalists the ways of the new media landscape, while serving as web master to 39 web sites affiliated with the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at The University of Kansas. Lafferty is among the first 500 people in the world certified by the Creative Commons in open licensing. When his schedule permits, he consults with non-profits, startups and Fortune 500 industry leaders.

      Outside of his teaching duties, Professor Lafferty served two terms as President of the JCCC Faculty Senate and continues to serve as an At-Large Senator, along with his other campus and community service. He earned bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Political Science from The University of Kansas, followed by graduate work at The University of Kansas School of Law and a Master of Science in Journalism and Mass Communications from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at The University of Kansas, where he subsequently taught for four semesters.

        Lafferty is the author of Implications of Ownership: Applying the propaganda model to media ownership theory. His research focuses on the democratic impact of media consolidation and conglomeration, copyright, open licensing, the creative commons, community journalism, implementations of technology for news dissemination, evolution of the news industry, as well as the ever-changing internet journalism landscape.