American Journalism

American Journalism, the peer-reviewed quarterly journal of the American Journalism Historians Association, publishes articles, essays, book reviews, reviews of digital media and correspondence journal coverdealing with the history of journalism. Contributions may focus on social, economic, intellectual, political or legal issues. American Journalism also welcomes articles that treat the history of communication in general; the history of broadcasting, advertising and public relations; the history of media outside the United States; and theoretical issues in the literature or methods of media history.

The journal website, http://www.american-journalism.org, includes teaching resources for and temporary access to selected content, summaries of articles in the current issue, digital media reviews, and indexes of past issues. Check your library for full-text access or visit Routledge, Taylor & Francis.

American Journalism follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Maximum length for most manuscripts is 7,500 words, not including footnotes, tables or illustrations. Research manuscripts are blind refereed by a minimum of three readers, and the review process typically takes about three months. American Journalism receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its ScholarOne Manuscripts portal. ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, and facilitates the review process and internal communication between authors, editors, and reviewers via a web-based platform.

Essays, which are not refereed, may include discussions of methodology, pedagogy, annotations on archival sources, commentaries on issues in journalism history, or suggestions for future research. Authors may submit essays with or without first querying the editor.

American Journalism will consider only original manuscripts that are not under review, scheduled for publication, or published elsewhere.


Anyone who wishes to review books for AJ or propose a book for review should contact:

Dolores Flamiano
School of Media Arts and Design
MSC 2104 (0284 Harrison Hall)
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807


To review digital media (including archival collections and documentaries) or propose an item for review, please contact:

Pete Smith
Dept. of Communication
Mississippi State University
P. O. Box PF
Mississippi State, MS  39762-6006