42nd Annual AJHA Convention
Columbus, Ohio  |   Sept.  28-30, 2023

Convention contacts

Convention Coordinator
Caryl Cooper
University of Alabama

Registration Coordinator

Patti Piburn

California Polytechnic State University

Program Coordinator

Debra van Tuyll

Augusta State (emerita)

Convention hosts

Aimee Edmondson

Ohio University

Felecia Ross

Ohio State University

Conference Sponsors

Ohio State University

School of Communication

Ohio University

E.W. Scripps School of Journalism

Columbus skyline SkiEngineer, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Welcome to Columbus

Ohio is no stranger to AJHA conferences. Those who attended the 2004 conference in Cleveland will remember it as one of for the record books! This year we return to Ohio for AJHA’s 42nd annual conference but this time we’ll be in Columbus, capital of the Buckeye State and home to the Ohio State Buckeyes.

In addition to research paper presentations and panel discussions covering the gamut of mass communication history topics, the conference features several special events, including a tour of the Ohio History Connection and recognition of journalists from the host community.

This year we’ll stay at the historic Westin Great Southern Columbus hotel, called “the showcase of the midwest” when it opened in 1897, then considered a marvel of French Renaissance architecture. With its second-floor promenade overlooking the majestic, open lobby, the Great Southern underwent a $10 million renovation in 2008.  

Click on the link and take the 3D photo tour. 

You also can explore the host region and its history at the following sites:

Experience Columbus

Tripadvisor Columbus 

Columbus Wikipedia page 


Following CDC guidelines, AJHA encourages conference participants to be fully vaccinated and to isolate if they experience symptoms of illness. Masks are optional. Information about prevention and testing is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Caryl Cooper 

Convention Coordinator

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