Reviewers needed for 2016 conference papers

The deadline for submitting papers for AEJMC’s 2016 annual convention is approaching, and that means the History Division needs reviewers for the paper submissions.

If you are willing to review papers for the History Division research competition, please contact Division Vice Head and Research Chair Michael S. Sweeney (Ohio University) at and indicate your areas of expertise and/or interest. We will need approximately 75 reviewers for the competition. Graduate students are not eligible to serve as reviewers and,n in general, reviewers should not have submitted their own research into the competition.

History Division seeks papers for the 2016 convention

AEJMC’s History Division invites submissions of original research papers and historiographical essays on all aspects of media history for the 2016 annual convention in Minneapolis. 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.

Papers should be no more than 25 double-spaced pages, not including notes, references or appendices. Papers should have a one-inch margin and use 12 point Times New Roman font. Authors should also submit a 75-word abstract. Multiple submissions to the History Division are not allowed, and only one paper per author will be accepted for presentation in the History Division’s research sessions. Authors of accepted papers are required to forward papers to discussants and moderators prior to the conference.

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Clio ready for winter reading

The Winter 2016 edition of Clio, the History Division newsletter, is ready for your winter’s reading.

In this issue, History Division chair Kimberly Wilmot Voss makes historical connections to today’s social media and PF&R chair Tracy Lucht provides arguments for the value of journalism history in the face of a changing industry. Teaching Standards chair Kristin L. Gustafson’s column about helping students explore the nuances of press freedom incorporates an encounter between a student photographer and protestors at the University of Missouri this past fall, and guest columnist Berkley Hudson writes about the events at Missouri and his role as chair of an ad hoc race relations committee at the university. You’ll also find a Generations of Scholars conversation with Carolyn Kitch, news about member activities and awards and a list of all History Division members.

Download the Winter 2016 Clio here or from the Clio page.

History Division seeks entries for 2015 book award

The History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication is soliciting entries for its annual award for the best journalism and mass communication history book of 2015.

The winning author will receive a plaque and a cash prize at the August 2016 AEJMC conference in Minneapolis, where the author will give a short talk about the experience of research and discovery during the book’s composition.

The competition is open to any author of a media history book regardless of whether he or she belongs to AEJMC or the History Division. Only first editions with a 2015 copyright date will be accepted. Edited volumes, articles, and monographs will be excluded because they qualify for the Covert Award, another AEJMC History Division competition

Entries must be received by February 5, 2016. To enter, submit four copies of each book — along with the author’s mailing address, telephone number, and email address — to:

John P. Ferré
AEJMC History Book Award Chair
Department of Communication
310 Strickler Hall
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Please contact John Ferré at 502.852.8167 or with any questions.

Fall 2015 Clio marks milestone

Clio, the History Division newsletter, marks a milestone. The Fall 2015 Clio is the first issue of volume 50!

The Fall issue features a wrap-up of division activities at the August AEJMC convention in San Francisco, including minutes of the annual members business meeting,an outline of the History Division goals for this year and photographs of members at division activities.

New Division Head Kim Voss considers diversity of location in history by studying local history. New PF&R Chair Tracy Lucht offers thoughts pairing history research with presentations by professionals. New membership co-chairs Carrie Teresa and Teri Finneman have some ideas for you to consider for sharing expertise and recruiting new members.

There is also an excerpt from History Division Book Award winner Matthew Cecil’s book about J. Edgar Hoover.

An updated feature with the Fall 2015 Clio is working hyperlinks with the PDF file. As you read, you will be able to click on the links within the text to go directly to online resources instead of copying and pasting URLs.

Download the Fall 2015 Clio here, or from the Clio page.

History Division seeking panel proposals for 2016 annual convention

It’s time to submit panel proposals for the 2016 AEJMC national conference in Minneapolis.

The History Division is looking for panels that help the division offer a diverse, engaging and creative program that represents the depth and breadth of our members’ research, teaching, and professional interests.

Along with a description of the panel, proposals should include at the top of the page the group proposing the panel (History Division) and the contact person for the panel. As part of the proposal indicate whether the panel is aimed at Teaching, Research or Professional Freedom and Responsibility. Also suggest divisions or interest groups that might co-sponsor the panel.

A panel typically has four speakers, preferably with an ethnic, gender and institutional balance. Please try to get commitment from panel members before submitting the proposal when possible.

Deadline for panel proposals is September 30, 2015.

Further details are in the complete History Division Call for Panel Proposals.

History Division session schedule for AEJMC 2015 convention

The History Division has several sessions scheduled for the 2015 annual convention in San Francisco. The sessions run the gamut from research paper presentations, scholar-to-scholar presentations and teaching/PF&R panels.

The History Division annual meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 8. All History Division members are encouraged to attend.

Download a PDF of the schedule of History Division convention sessions.

Summer 2015 Clio has convention preview

The Summer 2015 issue of Clio is your guide to History Division activities at the annual convention in San Francisco.

In this issue, History Division vice chair Kim Voss outlines the three traditional research paper sessions and the scholar-to-scholar session on tap for the convention. You’ll find announcements of the winners of the 2015 History Book Award and the Covert Award, as well as a complete rundown of all History Division sessions. And don’t forget to pencil in the annual History Division business meeting on Saturday, August 8, from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Along with convention news you’ll find two new profiles of Generations of Scholars and thoughts from PF&R chair Lillie Fears regarding change in academic life.

Download the Summer 2015 Clio here, or from the Clio page.

Call for Papers: Transnational Journalism History

The inaugural conference on Transnational Journalism History is seeking papers.

The Transnational Journalism History conference acknowledges the fluid transmission of journalistic practices and technologies across geography and political borders, treating news consumers outside national boundaries as a home audience. A good example of this would be America’s first newspaper, Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestic. This paper consisted primarily of English news for an audience who thought of themselves as English men and women but who were living on another continent.

The conference will be held February 25-27, 2016, at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Ga.

Paper submissions are welcome on any aspect of the subject, but papers that examine the flow of journalistic developments, people and phenomena between Ireland and the United States are of particular interest. The conference is accepting proposals for research sessions (submit a completed paper); work-in-progress sessions (250-word abstract); and panels. Completed papers and panel proposals should be submitted electronically to Debbie van Tuyll ( by Oct. 1, 2015. Abstracts of research in progress may also be submitted. Each submission will be evaluated in a blind review process.

See the paper call for more details of the conference and focus.