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

Westin Great Southern Columbus

310 High Street 

Columbus, OH 43215 

Phone: 1 614-228-3800  Hotel website

On-site amenities include a fitness center.

The Westin Great Southern Columbus is located in downtown Columbus, an area populated with many eating options. However, you won’t need to leave the hotel to find a wonderful meal because the hotel is home to Bar Cicchetti, a refined restaurant created by celebrity chef, hospitality developer and TV personality Fabio Viviani. The restaurant offers a unique dining experience that features seasonally inspired dishes, including elevated takes on his favorite comfort food classics, as well as craft beer and cocktails. You can make reservations through Open Table or by contacting the restaurant directly at 614-228-5300.

Hotel Rates:


Single Rate

Double Rate

Triple Rate

Quad Rate

Deluxe (1 Queen)





Deluxe (2 Double)





Rates do not include applicable state and local taxes, currently 17.5%. There are no mandatory charges (tips, gratuities, or services charges for employees).

You can make your reservation online using this link: https://www.marriott.com/events/start.mi?id=1675878580752&key=GRP.

If you prefer speaking to someone, you can call the hotel directly at 888-627-8451 or 800-937-8461. Identify yourself as a part of the American Journalism Historian Association (AJHA) to receive the group rate.

The deadline to book online is Aug. 25. Reservations between Aug. 26 and Sept. 7 must be booked by phone. Reservations after Sept. 7 will not receive the group rate. 

Hotel rates will be valid three days prior to and three days after the conference dates as long as rooms are available. Feel free to arrive early or extend your visit to Columbus.

The hotel check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and check–out time is 12:00 p.m.

In order to guarantee each reservation, you are required to provide either a deposit

equal to one night’s room and tax or guaranteed with a major credit card. You have

three days prior to arrival to cancel your reservation or one night’s room and tax

will be charged. 

An early departure fee of one night’s room and tax will apply if you check out prior to the confirmed checkout date. Unforeseen emergencies will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

You will pay for your own room, tax and incidentals account upon departure.

It is important that you make your hotel reservations as early as possible! This is vital for conference planning.


While some of you may travel to Columbus by train, most of you will travel by air or car. The John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) is the city’s major hub. American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and United Airlines make daily flights into CM. Air Canada and Alaska Airlines also have flights to Columbus.

Traveling to and from the airport is limited to cabs and ride-sharing companies such at Uber or Lyft. Mass transportation is limited to a shuttle bus that takes 60 minutes to get to the hotel. 

If you’re driving, I-70, I-71 and I-64 will take you directly to Columbus. Use your GPS for directions, updated information, road closures, accidents and the best routes for reaching the hotel.

Valet parking and public parking is $35 per day.

Questions or problems?

If you have any issues booking in the AJHA room block, please contact Convention Coordinator Caryl Cooper.

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