On March 11, Michael Stamm of Michigan State University will deliver the keynote speech at the Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference at New York University. Michael Stamm is associate professor and director of graduate studies in the department of history at Michigan State University. He is the author of Sound Business: Newspapers, Radio, and the Politics of New Media, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2011 and recently reprinted in paperback in 2016. Stamm received his PhD in History from the University of Chicago in 2006 and was a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at McGill University in 2012-13. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on topics in media and journalism history.
Dr. Stamm’s keynote speech at JJCHC will be entitled “Dead Tree Media: The Industrial Newspaper in the Twentieth Century.” This talk will connect two histories of the twentieth century: the evolution of the American newspaper as an industrial commodity and the development of the Chicago Tribune’s Canadian papermaking operations, which began in 1911 when the United States government lifted the duty on newsprint produced in Canada. Favorable tariff policy helped the Tribune become one of the most influential newspapers in the U.S., and the corporate exploitation of Canadian forests in turn spurred the development of one of Canada’s most important staple industries.