DCEx Students Learn Political Communications Law from Joseph Di Scipio L’95 of Fox Corporation
Guest lecturer Joseph Di Scipio L’95 recently spoke with summer DCEx students via videoconference about his role as Fox Corporation’s Senior Vice President, FCC Legal and Business Affairs and Assistant General Counsel. Di Scipio gave insight into his experiences at Fox and an understanding of political communications law.
Di Scipio explained that he spends 20% of a usual day reviewing political advertisements. He explained that there are two types of campaign advertisements: candidate ads and political action committee (PAC) ads. Di Scipio gave examples of actual campaign advertisements Fox is sent and the day-to-day decisions he makes concerning FCC regulatory matters for the corporation.
Di Scipio also gave insight into some relevant FCC regulations. For example, the Equal Opportunities Rule mandates that if a candidate appears on-air, radio or television stations must provide equal appearance opportunities to other candidates. The exceptions to this rule include appearances by candidates on the news or in interviews.
In his position, Di Scipio explained he has to make tough decisions and many risk assessments. He also noted that his personal partisan views cannot come into play in order for him to adequately perform his duties.
Di Scipio advised students on the importance of public service and working in government, especially since his government background led him to Fox. He also observed that he has never landed a single legal job without the help of networking.