American Journalism

American Journalism, the peer-reviewed quarterly journal of the American Journalism Historians Association, publishes articles, essays, book reviews, and digital media reviews dealing with the history of journalism.

Contributions may focus on social, economic, intellectual, political or legal issues. American Journalism also welcomes articles that treat the history of communication in general; the history of broadcasting, advertising and public relations; the history of media outside the United States; and theoretical issues in the literature or methods of media history.

American Journalism will consider only original manuscripts that are not under review, scheduled for publication, or published elsewhere.

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Submissions to the journal

American Journalism follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Maximum length for most manuscripts is 7,500 words, not including footnotes, tables or illustrations.

Research manuscripts are blind refereed by a minimum of three readers, and the review process typically takes about three months.

American Journalism receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its ScholarOne Manuscripts portal. ScholarOne allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, and it facilitates the review process and internal communication between authors, editors, and reviewers via a web-based platform.

Essays, which are not refereed, may include discussions of methodology, pedagogy, annotations on archival sources, commentaries on issues in journalism history, or suggestions for future research. Authors may submit essays with or without first querying the editor.

Accessing the journal

The journal website includes teaching resources, temporary access to selected content, summaries of articles in the current issue, digital media reviews, and indexes of past issues.

Check your library for full-text access or visit Routledge, Taylor & Francis.

Individual membership to American Journalism Historians Association includes a subscription to American Journalism.

For information on institutional subscriptions, contact the Routledge, Taylor & Francis customer service department via email or phone (800-354-1420).

Editorial Staff

Editor: Pamela Walck, Duquesne

Associate Editor: Nicholas Hirshon, William Paterson

Book Review Editor: Matthew Pressman, Seton Hall

Digital Media Review Editor: Carrie Teresa, Niagara


American Journalism presents two awards annually at the AJHA annual convention.

  • The Best Article Award recognizes the best article published in American Journalism during the previous year.
  • The Rising Scholar Award provides research funding to a junior faculty member.

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