AJHA accepting submissions for dissertation award


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The American Journalism Historians Association has announced submission guidelines for the 2015 Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize. The prize, given for the first time in 1997, is awarded annually for the best doctoral dissertation dealing with mass communication history.

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.  An honorarium of $500 accompanies the prize, and a $200 honorarium is awarded to each honorable mention.  Continue reading →

Media 19 Conference Call for Papers


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The Media 19 Project is completing its first phase. A conference in Paris next year is an opportunity to present ongoing projects and to assess past activities related to the French-Quebecker Media 19 project.

The French-Quebecker Media 19 project, funded by the Agence nationale de la recherche (France) and the Fonds de recherche québécois – Société et culture (2011-2015) is devised around the www.medias19.org digital platform. The project serves as a frame for developing critical thinking on journalistic practices in the 19th century, on the promotion and analysis of corpuses, as well as on the study of media culture development within the Francophone space. This conference is an opportunity to both assess past activities (using the Medias 19 platform data) and to invite researchers to discuss ongoing projects. The conference will last five working days and revolves around five main axes, which have determined scientific research as conducted by Medias 19.

The conference theme is The Press and Journalists in the 19th Century: Identities and Modernities. The conference will be held in Paris June 8-12, 2015,  at the Canadian Cultural Center (5, rue de Constantine, 7th arrondissement). Paper presentations are 20 minutes long. Proposals (250 words, a short bio, full contact addresses, home institution) must be sent to congresM19@gmail.com by January 1, 2015.

A full  Call for Papers can be found at: (http://www.medias19.org/index.php?id=19468). The call is in French but proposals in English are accepted.

Scholars interested in submitting a proposal should know that cross-disciplinary and general studies are encouraged (more than purely monographic subjects).

Media & Civil Rights History Symposium call for papers and panels – November 1 deadline


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Papers and panel proposals are being accepted for the third Media & Civil Rights History Symposium.

The symposium brings together civil rights and media historians and welcomes scholars from multiple disciplines.  Papers and panel proposals should focus on the historical relationship between media and civil rights, particularly on the symposium theme of “Black Power, Political Imagination and the Media.”

Complete proposals or papers must include an abstract of no more then 500 words and a one-page cv for each author or panelist. Submissions must also include complete contact information for each author or panelist. Panel proposals should include a title and designation of the panel moderator.

Deadline for submissions is November 1, 2014.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of South Carolina will host the symposium April 2-4, 2015, in Columbia, S.C.

The symposium flier has more information.

Latest Clio includes convention review


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The Fall 2014 issue of Clio is ready to read.

The latest issue features a review of annual convention activities, including minutes of the division business meeting. Division chair Yong Volz considers the benefits of diversity among scholars for historical research and efforts to increase diversity among the division membership. You can also catch up with news, publications and awards received by your fellow division members.

Download the current issue here, or from the Clio page.

Call for panel proposals for 2015 convention


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The History Division is seeking panel proposals for the 2015 AEJMC national convention in San Francisco. The division aims to offer a diverse, engaging and creative program that represents the depth and breadth of its members’ research, teaching and professional interests. Members are especially encouraged to submit proposals that take advantage of the conference’s location in San Francisco and of the conference’s central theme of “Global Bridges.”

Proposals should include the name and type of the panel (Research, Teaching, or Professional Freedom and Responsibility) along with a 250-word summary of the topic. The summary should incorporate the goal, content and significance of the topic and its interest to AEJMC members. Proposals should also include speaker names and brief backgrounds.

As you develop proposals, consider potential divisions or interest groups as co-sponsors. Your proposal should list the group proposing the panel (History Division) as well as any suggested co-sponsors. Also include the contact person for the proposal along with that person’s email address. Further details can be found in the Call for Panel Proposals PDF.

Deadline for proposals is September 30, 2014.

Send all proposals and inquiries to History Division Chair Yong Volz at volzy@missouri.edu.

Pre-conference workshop to focus on promoting scholarship


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The History and Public Relations Divisions of AEJMC are hosting a preconference workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 1-5 p.m. The theme is “Promoting Our Scholarship and Ourselves: Increasing Public Visibility of Communication Research.”

The afternoon will include two sessions. The first panel, running from 1-2:30 p.m., will focus on ways to increase the public visibility of our scholarship by promoting our work through a variety of channels. This discussion will be followed by a grant-writing workshop from 2:45-5 p.m. Feel free to come for one or both panels.

If you have questions or for more details, please contact Lisa Burns (Lisa.Burns@quinnipiac.edu). Rendez-vous à Montréal!

Ida B. Wells to be focus of Southeast Colloquium pre-conference event


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The work and impact of Ida B. Wells will be the focus of a special pre-conference event in conjunction with the 40th Annual AEJMC Southeast Colloquium.

“Ida B. Wells and Beyond” will feature a keynote as well as peer-reviewed paper presentations and panel sessions. Scholarship should focus on the life, career and legacy of Ida B. Wells-Barnett or the work of like-minded social justice crusaders in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

The Southeast Colloquium will be March 26-28, 2015. To have your original research considered for presentation, submit a two-page extended abstract of your manuscript and/or a five-page panel proposal in as a Word or PDF document (minus identifying information) to Amber Roessner at aroessne@utk.edu. Deadline is November 15, 2014. Selected entrants will be notified no later than January 15, 2015, and will present their scholarship on March 26, prior to the Southeast Colloquium’s opening reception.

Contact Roessner with questions or for more information.

The School of Journalism & Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is hosting the day-long event.



Summer 2014 Clio features convention program


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The Summer 2014 edition of Clio is now available. This issue features a complete schedule of History Division sessions for the annual AEJMC convention in Montreal and an overview of the research sessions by Vice Head Yong Volz. Also in this issue:

  • Announcements of History Division award winners
  • Teaching Standards Chair Doug Cumming considers connections between journalism practice and academics
  • News and Notes about new publications by History Division members

View the current issue here, or find a link on the Clio page.

A full program awaits History Division members at convention


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The History Division schedule is set for the upcoming AEJMC annual convention in Montreal, and it’s a full schedule.

History Division sessions begin on Tuesday, August 5, with a pre-conference research panel devoted to increasing the visibility of our research.

The schedule includes research, teaching and PF&R panels each day through Saturday. The History Division poster session will be Thursday morning at 8:15, and the annual business meeting is that evening at 6:46. There is also an off-site activity Thursday: a tour of Cinémathèque Québécoise at noon.

A link to the entire History Division schedule of sessions in PDF format is below:

AEJMC History Division 2014 Program


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