Now Accepting Abstracts!

October 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

Call For Papers, Presentations, Panels & Participants:

The 2015 Joint Journalism And Communication History Conference

When: Saturday, March 21, 2015

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Place: Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University (

Cost: $50 (includes continental breakfast and lunch)

Abstract Submissions: Must be uploaded at no later than Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

Acceptance Notification Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

You are invited to submit a 500- to 600-word proposal for completed papers, panel discussions or research in progress for presentation at the Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference—the American Journalism Historians Association and the AEJMC History Division joint spring meeting. Innovative research and ideas from all areas of journalism and communication history and from all time periods are welcome. Scholars from all academic disciplines and stages of their academic careers are encouraged to participate.

Your proposal should include a brief abstract detailing your presentation topic and a compelling rationale as to why your research would interest an interdisciplinary community of scholars. After requesting a free membership at, you will see step-by-step instructions to upload your proposal.

Questions? Contact conference co-coordinators Carolyn Edy, Appalachian State University, of the AEJMC History Division ( and Jennifer E. Moore, University of Maine, of AJHA (

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Twitter: @jjchcnyc (#JJCHC)



Joint Journalism & Communication History Conference 2014

March 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

Special thanks to St. Fisher College students Allen Thomas, Kathryn Guglielmo, and Danny Linsner for filming and editing this video at this year’s conference. Check out this great overview of our conference featuring Dr. Elliot King!

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Burek Pierce

March 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

ImageJennifer Burek Pierce, associate professor at The University of Iowa, has specialized in research on publishing trends and their implications for libraries. This research considers how ideas once shared face-to-face are committed to print, and the results of promoting and sharing ideas via a new medium.

Pierce has published two books, developed a youth services column for American Libraries and written for The Chronicle of Higher Education. As keynote speaker for the Joint Journalism and Communications History Conference, she will be presenting “What Adolescents Ought to Know: A History of Publishing Sexual Health Information, 1897-1936”, an overview of the research in her UMass Press book entitled “What Adolescents Ought to Know: Sexual Health Texts in Early 20th Century America”.

Featured Panelist: Norma Fay Green

March 3, 2014 § Leave a comment


Norma Fay Green is a professor and the director of The Journalism Graduate Program at Columbia College, Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in Mass Media and her B.A., in Journalism at Michigan State University. At Northwestern University she earned her M.S.J. from the Medill School of Journalism.

She’s has 25 years of print media experience in newspapers, magazines, and book publishing. She was a Fulbright Scholar, and Teaching Fellow of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication/Freedom Forum at Indiana University; Poynter Institute Faculty Fellow; Ethics &Excellence in Journalism Foundation, Ford Foundation and Lilly Endowment Curriculum Development grantee. Over time she has received AEJMC and National Federation of Press Women research awards, and teaching and student service awards from Columbia College, Chicago. She is also the past president of Women in Communications Inc., Chicago Professional Chapter.

Green will be presenting “A Missing Link? The “Consciousness Raising” Connection between the U.S. Underground Press of the 1960s to the Modern Street Paper Movement of the late 20th Century” from 1:45-2:50 in Room 653 on The Press, Consciousness & Social Justice panel.

Featured Panelist: David Greenberg

February 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

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DAVID GREENBERG is an associate professor of History and of Journalism & Media Studies at Rutgers University and a frequent commentator in thenational news media on politics and public affairs. For spring 2014 he is a Visiting Associate Professor of History at Columbia University.

His books include Nixon’s Shadow: The History of an Image (W.W. Norton, 2003), which won the Washington Monthly Book Award, the American Journalism History Association Book Award, and the Bancroft Dissertation Award from Columbia University; and Calvin Coolidge (Times Books, 2006), a part of the American Presidents series.

Formerly a full-time journalist, he served as managing editor and acting editor of The New Republic, where remains a contributing editor, and has been a regular contributor to Slate since its founding. He has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Daedalus, Raritan, and other scholarly and popular publications.

His awards and honors include the Hiett Prize in 2008,
given each year to a single junior scholar in the humanities whose work has had a public influence and a fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He graduated from Yale, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and earned his PhD from Columbia. He is writing a history of the rise of political spin and the American presidency in the
20th century.

Greenberg will present  “The Lippmann-Mencken Debate: Rethinking the Crisis of Public Opinion in the 1920s” in the first session of scholar-to-scholar roundtables at 9:05 a.m., so get to the conference early.

Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference 2014 Schedule (Updated March 2)

February 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University 20 Cooper Square, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003

Sponsored by the American Journalism Historians Association and the AEJMC History Division

Conference Coordinators:

Kim Gallon (program planner), Muhlenberg College,

Ann Thorne (logistics and technology), Missouri Western State University,

Follow hashtag #JJCHC on Twitter throughout the day.

Special thanks to Perri Klass, and the rest of New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute faculty and staff for welcoming us today. Also thanks to Elliot King and the reviewers and moderators who helped make this conference possible. Finally, thank you to Jennifer Burek Pierce for serving as the keynote speaker.

8:30 – 8:50 am Registration and continental breakfast: Conference Center.

Fee: $50, cash or checks only. Make checks payable to Loyola University (with “Journalism Conference” in memo)

8:50 – 9:00 am Opening remarks

Kim Gallon (Muhlenberg College) and Ann Thorne (Missouri Western State University)

9:05 – 10:10 am Scholar-to-Scholar Roundtables 1, 2, 3, 4

Room 653 Public Debate, Opinion, and Democracy & Freedom of the Press

Moderator: Kathy Forde, University of South Carolina

  • David Greenberg (Rutgers University) “The Lippmann-Mencken Debate: Rethinking the Crisis of Public Opinion in the 1920s”
  • Elliot King, (Loyola University Maryland ) “The Fifteenth Amendment and the Meaning of Equality in the Post Civil War Period”
  • Anthony M. Nadler “From Public Journalism to Citizen Journalism: Continuities and Change in Opposition to the Professional News Paradigm”
  • Dean Jobb (University of Kings College) “Printers to Public: Reassessing Press Freedom and Press Control in Early Canada, 1752-1800.”

Room 654 Journalism, Literature and Popular Culture

Moderator: Joe Cutbirth, Manhattan College

  • Brian Gabrial (Concordia University) and Jennifer E. Moore (Univeristy of Maine) Text, Lies, and Oil on Canvas? Creating the myth and memory of John Brown in popular culture
  • Michael J. Socolow (University of Maine) “Martians, Mass Panic, and Myths: Paradigm Repair and ‘War of the Worlds’ Panic Reporting”
  • Tom Mascaro (Bowling Green State University) “Journalism and the Literary Field of “Engagement”

Room 655 Covering and Reporting War

Moderator: Harvey Strum, Sages College

  • Mark Noonan (New York City College of Technology) Out For a Fight: New York’s Periodical Press Battles to Narrate the Spanish-American War
  • Richard Fine (Virginia Commonwealth University) “Covering D Day”
  • Stephen Siff (Miami University) Research in Progress: U.S. Drug War Propaganda, from Nixon to G.W. Bush
  • Soomin Seo (Columbia University) The “Uncensored” War Revisited: AP photographers During the Vietnam War

Room 656 Gender, Communication & Journalism

Moderator: Ann Thorne (Missouri Western State University)

  • Betsy Edgerton (Columbia College Chicago) “Two decades of straight talk: How novelist and columnist Lenora Mattingly Weber used Catholic Extension magazine to comment on midcentury America”
  • Jennifer Burek Pierce (University of Iowa) “Knit and the World Knits with You”: Newspapers and Participatory Culture in the Years Leading to World War I”
  • Anya Luscombe (University College Roosevelt) “Mrs R. and the Radio: Eleanor Roosevelt’s use of radio as an important part of the media mix.”

10:20 – 11:15 pm Scholar-to-Scholar Roundtables 5, 6, and 7

Room 653 Remembering Ida B. Wells-Barnett’s Quest for Social Justice

Moderator: Amber Roessner (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

  • Jodi Rightler-McDaniels (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
  • Kathy Roberts Forde (University of South Carolina)
  • Jinx Broussard (Louisiana State University)

Room 654 Media Ethics

Moderator: Janis Chakars, Gwynedd Mercy University

  • Gwyneth Mellinger, (Xavier University) “Conflicts of Interest in Journalism: The Emergence of a Post-Hutchins Self-Consciousness”
  • Stephen Bates (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) “Prejudice and the Press Critics: Colonel McCormick’s Assault on the Hutchins Commission”
  • Kevin Lerner (Marist College) “Abe Rosenthal Edits The Daily Planet: Press Criticism and Self-Scrutiny; Management Dysfunction; and Academic Confidentiality at The New York Times”
  • Matthew Pressman (Boston University) “Competing Visions of Change at the New York Times in the 1960s and 70s”

Room 655 Media Heroes and Historiography

Moderator: Christopher B. Daly, Boston University

  • Andrew J. Salvati (Rutgers University) “Presenting the Past on the Small Screen” History Television and American Culture”
  • Jane O’Boyle (University of South Carolina-Columbia) “Gandhi and Rival Protest Leader Ambedkar: Legendary Media Hero and Overlooked Hero”
  • Raymond McCaffrey (University of Maryland) “Tributes to Fallen Female Journalists: The Role of Gender in the Hero Mythology of Journalistic Practice”

11:25 – 12:30 pm Scholar-to-Scholar Roundtables 8, 9, and 10

Room 653 Celebrity, Entertainment and Media

Moderator: Carolyn L. Kane (Hunter College, CUNY)

  • Kevin Rafter, (Dublin City University) “Dr. Dillon goes to America: An Early Example of Celebrity News Paper Reportage”
  • Richard Lee (St. Bonaventure University) “Bob Dylan, Citizen Journalist: Exploring “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll”
  • Carrie Teresa Isard (Temple University) “Leaders among them all: African Americans on the Broadway stage, 1920-1930”
  • Cynthia B. Meyers (College of Mount Saint Vincent, Communication) “Branded Entertainment during the Golden Age of Radio”

Room 655 History of Magazines

Moderator: Carolyn Kitch, Temple University

  • Jason M. Shepard. (California State University, Fullerton), The Agendas of America’s First Gay Journalists: A Content Analysis of ONE Magazine, 1953-1958.
  • Michael RobbGrieco (Temple University) Media for Media Literacy: Production History of Media & Values Magazine, 1977-1993
  • Stewart Alter, (McCann Worldgroup) Trade Magazine Coverage of an Industry Crisis: Corporate Trust Consolidations and the Advertising-Trade Press, 1898-1902
  • Jeff Lemberg (Curry College) “Brill’s Content: How a ‘Watchdog’ Saw the Information Age.”

Room 656 Press Room Relations

Moderator: Lisa C. Luedeman, Gardner-Webb University

  • Jack Breslin (Iona College) “The Press and “Silent Cal”: A Study of Calvin Coolidge’s Press Relation”
  • Lisa M. Burns (Quinnipac University) “How Lady Bird Johnson’s Press Relations Shaped the Modern First Lady Position”
  • Sandra L. Braun (Mount Royal University) “Exploring the Pathway to Power of Dorothy Shaver, Early American CEO: A Comparative Analysis.”

12:30 – 1:40 pm 7th Floor Lunch

Luncheon Speaker: Jennifer Burek Pierce, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of Iowa

1:45 pm – 2:50 pm Scholar-to-Scholar Roundtables 11, 12, and 13


Room 653 The Press, Consciousness Raising & Social Justice

Moderator: Richard Lee, St. Bonaventure University

  • Meagan A. Manning (University of Minnesota) “Committing a Movement to Memory: An Analysis of Mainstream and Black Press Newspaper Coverage Commemorating the March on Washington and Selma to Montgomery Marches.”
  • Craig Flournoy (Southern Methodist University) “Before Little Rock: Covering the 1956 -1957 Desegregation of Clinton High School”
  • Norma Fay Green (Columbia College, Chicago)“A Missing Link? The “Consciousness Raising” Connection between the U.S. Underground Press of the 1960s to the Modern Street Paper Movement of the late 20th Century”

Room 654 Sports and Media

Moderator: Elliot King, Loyola University-Maryland

  • Emil Steiner (Temple University) “Doping History: Sport journalism’s addiction to rehabbing memory in the era of steroids.”
  • Melissa Greco Lopes (University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology) “Actors & Athletes: A Textual Analysis of Two Scandals in the 1920s.”
  • Daniel Sipocz (University of Southern Mississippi) “Red, White and Female: National Media Marginalization and Coverage of the U.S. Women’s Volleyball Team from 1977 to 1984”
  • Stefan Cieply. (College of Creative Studies) “I Didn’t Have a Full Realization of What the Meaning of Sports Could Be”: Lester Rodney and the Daily Worker Sports Page.

Room 655 Roving Reporters

Moderator: Frank Fee, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

  • Andrew E. Stoner (University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point) “Reconsidering Randy Shilts: Examining the Reportage of America’s AIDS Chronicler”
  • Dominque Trudel (NYU) “The “Secret” Walter Lippmann”
  • Giovanna Dell’Orto (University of Minnesota) “From bin Laden’s Bodyguard to the Champs-Élysées “café for quotes”: Developing, Verifying and Protecting Sources across Seven Decades of U.S. Foreign Correspondence”
  • M.D. Murray (University of Missouri-St. Louis) “Forming a National Identity in the Art: Alistair Cooke”

3:05 pm – 4:10 pm Scholar-to-Scholar Roundtables 14, 15 and 16

Room 653 Regionalism and the Press

Moderator: Lisa Burns, Quinnipiac University

  • Antonio Prado (University of Maryland, College Park) “The Wild, Wild Web: Comparing Threats, Intimidation, and Violence Against the American Old West Press to Treatment of Contemporary Muckraking Websites”
  • Morgan Dudkewitz and Ronald Bishop (Drexel University) It’s a Great Life! Idaho Community Newspapers Cover the Construction of the Minidoka Interment Camp of the Minidoka Internment Camp”
  • Frank E. Fee Jr. (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) “A Grand Jollification”: Southern Editors and Professionalism, 1830-1860”

Room 654 – The Internet, Technology and Journalism

Moderator: Kim Gallon, Muhlenberg College

  • Christopher Leslie (NYU) “The Myth of the Internet’s Nuclear Origin: Locating Innovation in Big Science”
  • Simon Ganahl (University of Vienna) and Rory Solomon (The New School)“CAMPUS MEDIUS—Topography and Topology of a Media Experience”
  • J. Michael Lyons (Saint Joseph’s University) “When Editors Stayed Up Late: StarText and the Building of a Pre-Web Digital Newspaper”
  • Carolyn L. Kane (Hunter College, CUNY) Digital Art at Bell Laboratories, 1965-1984: Restoring Lost Origins to New Media History”

Room 655 – Changing News Systems

Moderator: Kevin Lerner, Marist College

  • Christopher A. Casey (University of Colorado, Denver) “Gorgons and Hydras and Chimeras Dire”: The Disintegration of the European News System, 1918-1934
  • Huyen TN Nguyen () “Comparative Media History: Looking Back to the Formation of Media Conglomerates in the United States and in Vietnam”
  • Anne and Richard Lee (St. Bonaventure University) “Mediation: An Instrument for Social Change in Print, on the Air and Online”

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Coffee and Cookies 7th Floor

Networking Session: Make book announcements and find people who share your interests!

Details for attending the 2014 Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference, Saturday March 8

February 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

This post contains some information particular to presenters and moderators, but if you are interested in attending the conference, you are more than welcome. There is no pre-registration for the conference, but please send an email to Kim Gallon at if you plan to attend, so that we can adjust the catering order.

Conference location

Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University: 20 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003

Getting there by subway (from NYU’s website):

Lexington Avenue Subway Take Local (No. 6) to Astor Place station. Walk east on Astor Place to 4th Ave/Cooper Square, then south (make a right) on 4th Ave/Cooper Square and walk south roughly two blocks to 20 Cooper Square (4th Ave turns into Cooper Square).

Broadway Subway Take Local (W or R; N or R on weekends) to 8th Street station. Walk east on 8th Street, crossing Lafayette (look for a big cube sculpture) and making a right on 4th Ave/Cooper Square. Walk south roughly two blocks to 20 Cooper Square.

Sixth or Eighth Avenue Subway To West 4th Street-Washington Square station. Walk east on West 4th Street to Bowery/Cooper Square (you’ll pass both Broadway and Lafayette), then north (make a left) on Bowery/Cooper Square and walk one block to 20 Cooper Square.

Seventh Avenue Subway Local (No. 1) to Christopher Street-Sheridan Square station. Walk east on West 4th Street to Bowery/Cooper Square (you’ll pass both Broadway and Lafayette), then north (make a left) on Bowery/Cooper Square and walk one block to 20 Cooper Square.


The nearest parking lot to the conference site is:

Edison Parkfast 375 Lafayette St New York, NY


Please sign in with NYU security inside the entrance to 20 Cooper Square. The conference organizers will provide NYU with a list of expected conference attendees. The registration desk will be located on the 7th floor. You may encounter signs in the elevator that say that the 7th floor is inaccessible, but you can ignore these; NYU has assured us that the elevators will stop on 7. If not, proceed to the 6th floor and take the stairs one flight up to registration. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. There is no pre- registration. The cost is $50, payable in cash or check. Checks should be made payable to Loyola University (include “Journalism Conference” in the memo).

Presentation technology

Each of the presentation rooms will be equipped with a Macintosh computer that can run PowerPoint and Keynote presentations and will have Internet access. You may also bring your own computer to attach to the projector. Please note that the rooms are seminar-style rooms, with no front lectern, and the presentation computers are along a side wall. You may want to be prepared to ask a volunteer to advance your slides. A small number of remote controls will be provided by the conference organizers.

Social networking and media

For the fifth consecutive year, media and communication students from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, will coordinate media for the JJCHC. They will be capturing events and tweeting live from the conference — #jjchc. If you’re a grad student hitting the job market, a junior faculty coming up for tenure, or a senior faculty looking for a promotion and would like your presentation recorded, please get in touch with Todd Sodano, a professor at St. John Fisher College, who will discuss possibilities with you and his production crew. His email is His students will be sure to remain unobtrusive as they collect elements throughout the day.


Contact Kim Gallon at


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