Call for papers for the 2015 annual convention


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AEJMC’s History Division invites submissions of original research papers and historiographical essays on all aspects of media history for the 2015 annual convention in San Francisco. All research methodologies are welcome.

Papers will be evaluated on the originality and importance of topic; literature review; clarity of research purpose; focus; use of evidence to support the paper’s purpose and conclusions; and the degree to which the paper contributes to the field of journalism and mass communication history. The top three faculty papers receive awards from the division. Continue reading →

Call for Papers: Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression


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The steering committee of the Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression is seeking papers for presentation at the 23rd annual conference in November.

Papers are welcome on topics such as U.S. mass media of the 19th century, the Civil War in fiction and history, freedom of expression in the 19th century, presidents and the 19th century press, images of race and gender in the 19th century press, sensationalism and crime in 19th century newspapers, and the press in the Gilded Age. This year the steering committee will pay special attention to papers on the Civil War and the press, presidents and the 19th century press, 19th century concepts of free expression, and the press in the Gilded Age.

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Reviewers needed for 2015 convention paper submissions


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The History Division needs reviewers for papers submitted for the 2015 AEJMC convention in San Francisco.

If you are willing to review papers, contact Kimberly Voss at Indicate your area of expertise and/or interest. The division needs about 85 reviewers for the competition.

Graduate students are not eligible to serve as reviewers, and, in genera, reviewers should not have submitted their own research into the competition.

New Clio available


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The Winter 2015 issue of Clio is ready to read.

In this issue, History Division chair Yong Volz addresses measures of research quality and what they might mean for history scholars. Membership Chair Kristin Gustafson launches a new feature: “Generations of Scholars.” The feature builds on the division’s mentoring efforts. Graduate co-liaison Meagan Manning has some tips for staying focused while working on a large research project. You will also find details for the 2015 Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize awarded by AJHA, and the 2015 paper call for the AEJMC annual convention.

Download Clio here, or from the Clio page.

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 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 by January 1, 2015.

A full  Call for Papers can be found at: ( 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

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