38th Annual AJHA Convention
Dallas, TX   |   Oct. 3-5, 2019

Convention contacts

Convention Coordinator
Caryl Cooper
University of Alabama

Registration Coordinator
Ken Ward
Lamar University

Program Coordinator
Aimee Edmondson

Ohio University

Convention hosts

Erika Pribanic-Smith
University of Texas at Arlington

Melita Garza
Texas Christian University

James Mueller
University of North Texas

Conference Program

Download a PDF of the conference program

Questions about the program should be directed to 2nd Vice President Aimee Edmondson

Go to: Thursday morning | Thursday afternoon | Friday | Saturday

Wednesday, October 2

1:30 p.m.     Board of Directors meeting
6 p.m.           American Journalism editorial advisory board meeting

Thursday, October 3

8:30-9:30 a.m. Welcome and President’s Address

Ross Collins, North Dakota State
AJHA President, 2018-2019

9:40 – 10:40 a.m. Choice of two sessions

PAPER SESSION: Civil Rights, the Media, and the University

Moderator: Aleen Ratzlaff, Tabor College

Jason Peterson, Charleston Southern University, “Flying Under the Radar: Wilbert Jordan, Jr., the Press, and the Integration of Mississippi Collegiate Athletics”

Brandon Storlie, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “A Voice of the Recalcitrant Majority?: News Coverage of Campus Protest, 1967-1970”

Dante Mozie, University of South Carolina, “‘This, Too, Is Segregation’: A Framing Analysis of the 1960 sit-ins in Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, N.C., Through the Eyes of Student Journalists”

GRADUATE STUDENT PANEL: Unconventional History: Expanding Epistemologies, Digging into Data, and Crossing Disciplines in an Effort to Broaden the Field

Moderator: Patricia Piburn, California Polytechnic University

Panelists: Melissa Greene-Blye, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Darryl Frazier, Wayne State University; Rachael E. Vacanti, Ohio University

10:50-11:50 a.m. Choice of two sessions

PAPER SESSION: The Press and “Charismatic” Political Leadership

Moderator: Donna Lampkin Stephens, University of Central Arkansas

Ali Noor Mohamed, United Arab Emirates University, “Media Legitimacy and Ideal Political Leadership in Divided Society: The Case of George Wallace and the Birmingham News During the Civil Rights Era”

Glen Feighery, The University of Utah, "A 'Moral Challenge': Journalists, Joe McCarthy, and the Struggle for Truth, 1950-1955"

Julie Lane, Boise State University, “Defending Joe McCarthy”

PAPER SESSION: Humor and Entertainment Media

Moderator: Gwyn Mellinger, James Madison

Emily Mullins, Wichita State University, “High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Political Satire of Presidential Cover-Ups”

Bernell Tripp, University of Florida, “Dancing to a Different Tune: Black Minstrelsy’s Impact on the Creation of Black Entertainment Journalism”

Nathaniel Frederick and William Schulte, Winthrop University, “HUMOR IN HUE: The Social Cartoons in Black World Magazine During the Black Power Movement, 1970-1976”

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12–1:30 p.m. Awards Lunch

1:40-2:40 p.m. Choice of two sessions

PAPER SESSION: Media, Race, and the Law

Moderator: Will Mari, Louisiana State University

Aimee Edmondson and Natascha Roelsgaard, Ohio University, “‘Mockery of Justice’: How the Legal System Used Contempt of Court to Silence Coverage of the Civil Rights Movement”

Erika Pribanic-Smith, University of Texas at Arlington, and Jared Schroeder, Southern Methodist University, "Breaking the White Circle: How the Press and Courts Quieted a Chicago Hate Group, 1949-1952"

Patrick S. Washburn and Michael S. Sweeney, Ohio University, "Is Separate Really Equal and Is It Okay for Blacks? The Pittsburgh Courier and the Controversy over a Segregated Shipyard in 1942"

PANEL: Book Publicity Strategies – Start Spreading the (History of) News

Moderator: Jane Marcellus, Middle Tennessee

Panelists: Nicholas Hirshon, William Paterson University; Amber Roessner, University of Tennessee-Knoxville; Matthew Pressman, Seton Hall University; Anne Farris Rosen, University of Maryland

2:50-3:50 p.m. Choice of two sessions

PAPER SESSION: Media Depictions of Cruelty, Violence and Murder

Moderator: Janice Hume, Georgia

Claire Rounkles, Ohio University, "Court Held at Midnight: Newspaper Complicity in the 1894 Lynching of Roscoe Parker"

Candi Carter Olson, Utah State University, “‘To Ask Freedom for Women’: The Night of Terror and Public Memory”

Michael Fuhlhage, Keena Neal, Darryl Frazier, and Carmen Nesbitt, Wayne State University, “‘The Cruel Pangs of Slavery’: Fugitives in the North Star and Michigan Anti-Slavery Society Newspapers”

PRESIDENT’S PANEL: Changes in Journalism History Since the First AJHA Conference

Moderator: Ross Collins, North Dakota State University

Panelists: David Sloan, University of Alabama (Professor Emeritus); Mike Murray, University of Missouri-St. Louis; Maurine Beasley, University of Maryland (Professor Emerita); David Copeland, Elon University

4-5:15 p.m. LOCAL PANEL: Hail to the Chiefs: Presidential Studies in the Lone Star State

Moderator: Erika Pribanic-Smith (Texas-Arlington)

Panelists: Liza Talbot (LBJ Library), Warren Finch (George H.W. Bush Library), Patrick Mordente (George W. Bush Library), Krishna Shenoy (The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza)

5:30-7:30 p.m. AJHA Awards Reception

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Friday, October 4

9-10 a.m. Choice of two sessions

PAPER SESSION: Women making Strides: Suffrage and Discrimination in the Workplace

Moderator: Maurine Beasley, Maryland


Pamela E. Walck and Emily Fitzgerald, Duquesne University, “Finding the ‘Cullud’ Angle to Feminism: Evelyn Cunningham, ‘The Women,’ and the Pittsburgh Courier”

Therese L. Lueck, The University of Akron, “The Reconstruction of Woman Suffrage: A Final Journey”

Ashley Walter, Pennsylvania State University, “'Is the newspaper office the place for a girl?': Coverage of the U.S. Press Class-Action Sexual Discrimination Lawsuits of the 1970s-1980s”

PANEL: American Journalism Best Articles

Moderator: Vanessa Murphree, Southern Mississippi

Panelists: Cynthia Meyers, College of Mount Saint Vincent; Mike Conway, Indiana University; Tom Mascaro, Bowling Green State University; Michael Socolow, University of Maine

10:10-11:25 a.m. Margaret A. Blanchard Dissertation Award

11:35-12:40 p.m. Donna Allen Roundtable Luncheon

1-6 p.m. Historic Tour

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Saturday, October 5

8:10-10 a.m. Choice of two Research-in-Progress Sessions

10:10-11:40 a.m. General Business Meeting
Approval of 2018 Minutes
Election of officers
Constitution and Bylaws amendments
• Officer and committee reports
• Presentation of research and service awards
• Presidential succession

11:50 a.m.-1:20 p.m. Working Lunch (Officers/Board)

1:30-2:30 p.m. Book of the Year Award

2:40-4 p.m. Choice of two sessions

PAPER SESSION: Microhistory: The Significance of the Individual

Moderator: Cayce Myers, Virginia Tech

Kimberley Mangun, The University of Utah, “Hays Gorey: A Distinguished but Forgotten Journalist”

Mark Holan, Journalist, “Ruth Russell in Revolutionary Ireland”

Daniel Marshall Haygood, Elon University, “Hated Advertising Icon or Enlightened Renaissance Man: The Unknown Side of Rosser Reeves of Ted Bates & Company”

Linda Lockhart, Marietta College, “A.W. Campbell Jr., the Editor Who Made a State”

PAPER SESSION: Images, Mythology, and Media

Moderator: Earnest Perry, Missouri

Amber Roessner, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, “Rockin’, Down-Home Grassroots Media Campaign for Exposure in (In)visible Primaries"

Helen Elaine Wilds, Middle Tennessee State University, “The Astronaut-Hero: NASA’s Gendered Media Mythology at Mid-Century”

Mary M. Cronin, New Mexico State University, "From Gotham to the Golden Gate: Promoting American Expansion, Exceptionalism, and Nationhood by Railroad”

Michael T. Martínez, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, “Eye Witness to History: President Lyndon Baines Johnson Through the Eyes of Yoichi ‘Oke’ Okamoto”

4:10-5:10 p.m. Choice of two sessions

PAPER SESSION: Service to Country, Service to Society

Moderator: George L. Daniels, University of Alabama

Ronald R. Rodgers, University of Florida, “Journalism and the Concept of the Constructive”

Timothy Ballingall, Texas Christian University, “Gendering the Bridge of Understanding: Mary Oyama's Advice Column and the Nisei Press”

Willie R. Tubbs and Joshua Harrover, University of West Florida, “Perpetual Forgiveness: The Nisei Fighter in the American Media”

PANEL: Media and Race – War and Conflict

Moderator: Patrick Washburn, Ohio University

Panelists: Steve Hallock, Point Park University; Jinx Coleman Broussard, Louisiana State University; Pamela E. Walck, Duquesne University; Kathleen Wickham, University of Mississippi

6:30 p.m. Gala Dinner

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