38th Annual AJHA Convention
Dallas, TX | Oct. 3-5, 2019
Sidney Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement: Debra Reddin van Tuyll
AJHA's highest honor, the Kobre Award, recognizes individuals with an exemplary record of sustained achievement in journalism history through teaching, research, professional activities, or other contributions to the field of journalism history.
This year's honoree is Debra van Tuyll from Augusta University, who has been an important contributor to AJHA, serving as a member of the Board of Directors from 2005-2008 and 2016-present, the Convention and Sites Committee from 2005-2008, and a judge for AJHA’s Book Award competition from 2003-2004.
VanTuyll will be honored during the awards reception Thursday, Oct. 3. Read the news release.
National Award for Excellence in Teaching
Presented at the annual Awards Luncheon, the National Award for Excellence in Teaching honors a college or university teacher who excels at teaching in the areas of journalism and mass communication history, makes a positive impact on student learning, and offers an outstanding example for other educators. An honorarium of $500 accompanies the prize.
This year's winner is David Vergobbi from the University of Utah. In selecting Vergobbi for the honor, AJHA’s education committee members noted Vergobbi’s sustained excellence in all areas of teaching, as well as a commitment to involvement and interaction, as cornerstones of the courses he’s taught. He has been on the faculty at Utah since 1992.
Verboggi will be honored during the awards reception Thursday, Oct. 3. Read the news release.
AJHA Book of the Year Award: Thomas Aiello
AJHA's Book of the Year Award recognizes the best book in journalism history or mass media history published during the previous calendar year.
This year's winner is Thomas Aiello of Valdosta State for his book,“The Grapevine of the Black South: The Scott Newspaper Syndicate in the Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement,” his study of study of the preeminent black press in the Southern states.
Three authors earned honorable mention for their books:
The award will be presented during the book award panel on Saturday, Oct. 5. Read the news release.
Margaret A. Blanchard Dissertation Prize: Rich Shumate
Since 1997, AJHA has presented the Blanchard Prize for the best doctoral dissertation dealing with mass communication history completed during the prior calendar year.
This year's winner is Rich Shumate, who completed his dissertation, “Elite Voices and Irritated Conservatives: Pathways Leading to the Perception of Liberal Media Bias Arising from Elite News Media Coverage of the Emergence of Movement Conservatism, 1960-1964," at the University of Florida under the direction of Huan Chen.
The following scholars earned honorable mention for their dissertations:
All four award recipients will discuss their work in a special conference session on Oct. 4. Read the news release.
American Journalism Rising Scholar Award: Cristina Mislán
Editors of AJHA's quarterly academic journal American Journalism present the Rising Scholar Award at the annual General Business Meeting to recognize the achievements and potential of an untenured scholar who shows promise in extending her or his research agenda.
This year's winner is Dr. Cristina Mislán of the Missouri School of Journalism. She is currently working on a book that will address a unique angle of media coverage of the Cuban Revolution.
Best American Journalism Article: Cynthia B. Meyers
The Best Article Award honors research published in American Journalism within the last year that is original, rigorous, and makes an outstanding contribution to developing scholarship in the field of journalism and mass communication history.
This year's winner is Cynthia B. Meyers of the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Her award-winning article, “The March of Time Radio Docudrama: Time Magazine, BBDO, and Radio Sponsors, 1931-39,” appeared in the magazine's Fall 2018 edition.
Joseph McKerns Research Grants
Joseph McKerns Research Grants provide funding of up to $1,250 per person for media history research projects while recognizing and rewarding the winners.
2019 winners are:
During the general business meeting on Oct. 5, the following research awards were given for papers presented at the convention in Dallas.
Maurine Beasley Award For the Outstanding Paper on a Women’s History Topic
Bernell Tripp, Florida
Erika Pribanic-Smith, Texas-Arlington, and Jared Schroeder, Southern Methodist
Nathaniel Frederick and William Schulte, Winthrop
Jean Palmegiano Award for Outstanding International/Transnational Journalism Research
Timothy Ballingall, Texas Christian
Robert Lance Memorial Award for Top Grad Student Paper
Wm. David Sloan Award for Top Faculty Paper
Bernell Tripp, Florida