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The Margaret Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize

Deadline for entries (postmark date): February 1, 2015.

The AJHA Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize, given for the first time in 1997, is awarded annually for the best doctoral dissertation dealing with mass communication history. An honorarium of $500 accompanies the prize, and a $200 honorarium is awarded to each honorable mention.

Eligible works shall include both quantitative and qualitative historical dissertations, written in English, which have been completed between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014. For the purposes of this award, a "completed" work is defined as one which has not only been submitted and defended but also revised and filed in final form at the applicable doctoral-degree-granting university by December 31, 2014.

To be considered, nomination packets must include:

(a) One copy of the complete dissertation in hard copy;
(b) One digital copy of the complete dissertation on a CD;
(c) Four copies each of the following items, with all author, school, and dissertation committee identification of any kind whited-out:
           (i.) a single chapter from the dissertation, preferably not to exceed 50 manuscript pages, not including notes, charts or photographs,
           (ii.) a 200-word dissertation abstract,
           (iii.) the dissertation's table of contents;
(d) a letter of nomination from the dissertation chair/director or the chair of the university department in which the dissertation was written;
(e) a cover letter from the nominee:
           (i.) containing complete (home and work) contact information including postal addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses,
           (ii.) indicating a willingness, should the dissertation be selected for a prize, both to attend the awarding ceremony and to deliver a public presentation based on the dissertation at the 2015 American Journalism Historians Association Annual Convention, 8-10 October 2015 in Oklahoma City, OK.

Note: Regarding Paragraph (b.)(i.) above, as a guide to selecting a chapter for submission, the Award Committee has in the past expressed a preference for a chapter which, if possible, highlights the work's strengths as a piece of primary-sourced original research.

Nominations, along with all the supporting materials, should be sent to:

Prof. David Abrahamson, Chair
AJHA Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize Committee
Medill School of Journalism
Northwestern University
1845 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL  60208.

The deadline for entries is a postmark date of February 1, 2015.


Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize
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Roster of Past Winners

2014 Beth Kaszuba, “‘Mob Sisters’: Women Reporting on Cr ime in Prohibition Era Chicago.”; Director: Ford Risley, Pennsylvania State University.
2013 Melita Marie Garza, “They Came to Toil: News Frames of Wanted and Unwanted Mexicans in the Great Depression”; Director: Barbara Friedman, University of North Carolina.
2012 Brian Dolber, “Sweating for Democracy: Working Class Media and the Struggle for Hegemonic Jewishness, 1919-1941”; Director: Robert W. McChesney, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
2011 Ira Chinoy, "Battle of the Brains: Election Night Forecasting at the Dawn of the Computer Age"; Director: Maurine H. Beasley, University of Maryland
2010 J. Duane Meeks, "From the Belly of the HUAC: The Red Probes of Hollywood, 1947-1952"; Director: Maurine H. Beasley, University of Maryland
2009 Richard K. Popp, "Magazines, Marketing and the Construction of Travel in Postwar United States"; Director: Carolyn Kitch, Temple University
2008 Noah Arceneaux, "Department Stores and the Origins of American Broadcasting, 1910-1931"; Director: James Hamilton, University of Georgia
2007 Michael Stamm, "Mixed Media: Newspaper Ownership of Radio in American Politics and Culture, 1920-1952"; Director: Neil Harris, University of Chicago.
2006 Stacy Spaulding, “Lisa Sergio: How Mussolini’s ‘Golden Voice’ of Propaganda Created an American Mass Communication Career”; Director: Maurine Beasley, University of Maryland
2005 Pete Smith, “‘It’s Your America’: Gertrude Berg and American Broadcasting, 1929-1956”; Director: Arthur J. Kaul, University of Southern Mississippi
2004 Guy Reel, "The Wicked World: The National Police Gazette, Richard K. Fox, and the Making of the Modern American Man, 1879-1906"; Director: Patrick S. Washburn, Ohio University
2003 Mark Feldstein, "Watergate's Forgotten Investigative Reporter: The Battle Between Columnist Jack Anderson and President Richard Nixon"; Director: Margaret A. Blanchard, University of North Carolina
2002 Marc Edge, "Pacific Press: Vancouver’s Newspaper Monopoly, 1957-1991"; Director: Patrick Washburn, Ohio University
2001 Aleen J. Ratzlaff, "Black Press Pioneers in Kansas: Connecting and Extending Communities in Three Geographic Sections, 1878-1900"; Director: Bernell E. Tripp, University of Florida
2000 Dale Zacher, "Editorial Policy of the Scripps Newspapers During World War I"; Director: Patrick Washburn, Ohio University
1999 Nora Hall, "On Being an African-American Woman: Gender and Race in the Writings of Six Black Women Journalists, 1849-1936"; Director: Hazel Dicken-Garcia, University of Minnesota
1998 David R. Davies, “An Industry in Transition: Major Trends in American Daily Newspapers, 1945-1965”; Director: David Sloan, Univ of Alabama
1997 Julie Hedgepeth Williams, “The Significance of the Printed Word in Early America”; Director: David Sloan, University of Alabama

The Sidney Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism History

The organization's highest honor recognizes individuals with an exemplary record of sustained achievement in journalism history through teaching, research, professional activities, or other contributions to the field of journalism history. Award winners need not be members of the AJHA. Nominations for the award are solicited annually, but the award need not be given every year. Those making nominations for the award should present, at the minimum, a cover letter that explains the nominee's contributions to the field as well as a vita or brief biography of the nominee. Supporting letters for the nomination are also welcome.

Nominations are due by May 12, 2014, and should be submitted to:

Mike Conway
Indiana University
School of Journalism
Ernie Pyle Hall, Rm. 200
940 E. 7th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

mtconway@indiana.edu
812/856-1371

Roster of Past Winners

2013 David Abrahamson, Northwestern University
2012 David Paul Nord, Indiana University
2011 No award
2010 David Copeland, Elon University
2009 Betty Winfield, University of Missouri
2008 Patrick Washburn, Ohio University
2007 Wally Eberhard, University of Georgia
2006 Hazel Dicken-Garcia, University of Minnesota
2005 Barbara Cloud, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
2004 Joseph McKerns, Ohio State University
2003 Michael Murray, University of Missouri-St. Louis
2002 Margaret Blanchard, University of North Carolina
2000 Jim Startt, Valparaiso University
1999 Hiley Ward, Temple University
1998 David Sloan, University of Alabama
1997 Maurine Beasley, University of Maryland
1992 Ed Emery, University of Minnesota
1986 Sidney Kobre



The AJHA Book of the Year Award

Recognizes the best in journalism history or mass media history published during calendar year. The book must have been granted a first-time copyright in 2013. Entrants should submit four copies of their books to the book award coordinator by March 31, 2014.

Send materials to:

Aimee Edmondson
Ohio University
E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
204 Scripps Hall
Athens, Ohio 45701

edmondso@ohio.edu
740.597.3336

Roster of Past Winners

2013 Richard K. Popp, The Holiday Makers: Magazines, Advertising, and Mass Tourism in Postwar America
2012 Peter Hartshorn, I have Seen the Future: A Life of Lincoln Steffens
2011 Mark Feldstein, Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington's Scandal Culture
2010 John Maxwell Hamilton, Journalism's Roving Eye: A History of American Foreign Reporting
2009 Ford Risley, Abolition and the Press: The Moral Struggle Against Slavery
2008 Mary A. Hamilton, Rising From the Wilderness: J.W. Gitt and His Legendary Newspaper
2007 Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff, The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation
2006 Laurel Leff, Buried By the Times
2005 David Paul Nord, Faith in Reading: Religious Publishing and the Birth of Mass Media in America
2004 David Greenberg, Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image
2003 Gregory C. Lisby and William F. Mugleston, Someone Had to be Hated, Julian LaRose Harris, A Biography
2002 Michael Sweeney, Secrets of Victory: The Office of Censorship and the American Press and Radio in World War II
2001 John C. Hartsock, A History of American Literary Journalism: The Emergence of a Modern Form

 


Distinguished Service to Journalism History Award

The Distinguished Service to Journalism History Award recognizes contributions by an individual outside our discipline who has made an extraordinary effort to further significantly our understanding of, or our ability to explore, media history. Nominations are solicited annually, but the award is given only in exceptional situations. Thus, it is not given every year. Those making nominations for the award should present, at the minimum, a cover letter that explains the nominee's contributions to the field as well as a vita or brief biography of the nominee. Supporting letters for the nomination are also welcome.

Nominating letters and supporting materials should be submitted by May 12, 2014, to:

Mike Conway
Indiana University
School of Journalism
Ernie Pyle Hall, Rm. 200
940 E. 7th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

mtconway@indiana.edu
812/856-1371

Roster of Past Winners

2010: Loren Ghiglione

2001: Haynes Johnson

1993: Pern Farnsworth


AJHA National Award for Excellence in Teaching

Deadline for entries (postmark date): July 15, 2014.

The annual AJHA Award for Excellence in Teaching honors a college or university teacher who excels at teaching in the areas of journalism and mass communication history, makes a positive impact on student learning, and offers an outstanding example for other educators.

An honorarium of $500 accompanies the prize.

Eligibility: A nominee may be tenured or untenured, and should hold either a full- or part-time appointment at a college or university that confers an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree in journalism, mass communication, communication studies, or history as of the submission due date. All nominees must have responsibility for teaching the history of journalism and mass communication either as a stand-alone course or as part of a broader course.

Nomination packets must include:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy (no more than 2 pages)
  • A syllabus from a favorite course (must be mass comm. history-related)
  • Sample assignment and/or sample lecture
  • Teaching evaluations (summary tables, previous 2 years if untenured; 4 years if tenured).
    Written peer and/or tenured faculty reviews of teaching may also be included.
  • Letters of support - one from each level:
    • Administrator (dean/chair)
    • Colleague
    • Former student (be sure to indicate the relationship of the individual to the nominee and institution, e.g., is the individual currently a graduate student in the nominee’s department?)

Send to:

Ford Risley
AJHA Education Committee
College of Communications
Penn State University
211 Carnegie Building
University Park, PA  16802
Phone 814-865-2181

Questions may be directed to jfr4@psu.edu.


Outstanding Local Journalist Award for Substantial Contributions to the Public Interest

The American Journalism Historians Association annually bestows its Local Journalist Award to recognize the work of a journalist in the region of the AJHA’s annual convention. Past winners have included Mark Trahant, editor of the editorial page at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and Lynn Brooks, news director for WVUA-7 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.