It is with mixed emotions that the Digital (nee Citizen) Media Law Project has to announce that Arthur Bright, our Research Attorney and Editor, will be leaving us for a new venture. Arthur has been working with us for more than a year in his current position; prior to that, he worked with our project as a student intern. We will miss his presence and his contributions to our project, in particular his journalistic skills and his careful attention to international freedom of speech issues.
Arthur received his J.D. degree from the Boston University School of Law in 2010, his Masters degree in Journalism from Boston University's College of Communication in 2005 and undergraduate degrees in Astronomy and Philosophy from Amherst College in 1998. As readers of his regular blog entries know, Arthur brings a sharp insight and a dry subtle wit to his analysis of important topics. Not so obvious, but even more important, are the contributions Arthur has made by managing and editing the content of our site. He has been responsible for scheduling and editing virtually every post on our blog in the last year, as well as cajoling the members of our blog roll (myself included) to contribute content so that we can stick to our twice-weekly schedule. His work can also be seen in many of our legal guide pages and entries in our database of threats to online speech. And even further behind the scenes, Arthur brought technical expertise that was important to keeping us up and running.
That being the case, we're not quite sure what we'll do without Arthur, but he is moving on for the best of reasons to join the Christian Science Monitor on a full-time basis as their new Europe editor.
This marks a return to the Monitor for Arthur; prior to attending law school, he served as their Online News Editor. Arthur will oversee and edit the Monitor's daily Internet coverage of Europe and edit Europe-related contributions to the CSM's weekly print magazine. (I'm told there will be overseas visits involved too...I have to admit, when I heard that the Monitor was dangling trips to Europe in front of Arthur, I couldn't help but remember Mr. Potter trying to buy George Bailey off in It's a Wonderful Life, but that's probably just because I'm losing a valuable member of the team.) He will work closely with the Monitor's Paris bureau and stringer base around Europe to provide breaking news stories as well as news features and explanatory pieces. He will also work to develop content that supports the Monitor's traditional stories, including lists, quizzes, and briefings.
With a little luck, we'll convince Arthur to keep blogging for us from his new position. In the meantime, please join us in wishing Arthur luck and congratulating him on this wonderful next step in his career!