AJHA Seeks Nominations for the 2024 Margaret A. Blanchard Dissertation Prize

Submission Deadline: Feb. 15, 2024

The AJHA Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Prize, given for the first time in 1997, is awarded annually for the best doctoral dissertation dealing with mass communication history. An honorarium of $500 accompanies the prize, and a $200 honorarium is awarded to each honorable mention.

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Molly Thacker (photographed right) was the 2023 winner of the Margaret A. Blanchard Dissertation Prize for her dissertation, "’Are We Not Children, Too?’: Race, Media, and the Formative History of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children in the United States.” 

Read about her work here.

AJHA's Book of the Year Award

Submission Deadline: Feb. 1, 2024

The American Journalism Historians Association Book of the Year Award recognizes the best books in journalism history or mass media history published during the previous calendar year.

For the 2024 award, the book must have been granted a first-time copyright in 2023. Nominated books may be co-authored, and edited collections will be considered. Authors may self-nominate, and we particularly encourage nominations of books by women, LGBTQ+ and BIPOC authors.

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James West (photographed right) won the 2023 book award for his book, "A House for the Struggle: The Black Press and the Built Environment in Chicago." 

Read about his work and learn about the other finalists here.

History in the Curriculum Report

AJHA assessed the teaching of mass communication history at American universities. Download the report.

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