36th Annual AJHA Convention
Little Rock   |   Oct. 12-14, 2017

Convention contacts

Convention Coordinator
Caryl Cooper
University of Alabama

Registration Coordinator
Ken Ward
Ohio University

Program Coordinator
Ross Collins
North Dakota State

Convention hosts

Sonny Rhodes
UA Little Rock

Donna Lampkin Stephens
University of Central Arkansas


Sidney Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement: Kathleen "Kitty" Endres

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 Kobre Award recipient is Kathleen "Kitty" Endres, Distinguished Professor in the School of Communication at the University of Akron. A member of AJHA since its inception, Endres is noted for her books addressing women's issues, particularly in Northeast Ohio, as well as for her documentaries.

Endres will receive the award and deliver brief remarks at the annual awards lunch on Oct. 13.

Margaret A. Blanchard Dissertation Prize: Matthew Pressman

Since 1997, AJHA has presented the Blanchard Prize for the best doctoral dissertation dealing with mass communication history completed during the prior calendar year.

Matthew Pressman completed his dissertation, “Remaking the News: The Transformation of American Journalism, 1960-1980,” at Boston University under the direction of Bruce Schulman.

The following scholars earned honorable mention for their dissertations:

  • Lorraine Ahearn (University of North Carolina; director, Barbara Friedman)
  • Denise Hill (University of North Carolina; director, Barbara Friedman)
  • Rianne Subijanto (University of Colorado; director, Janice Peck)

All four award recipients will discuss their work in a special conference session. Read the press release.

The following awards will be announced during the summer and fall:

National Award for Excellence in Teaching
AJHA Book of the Year Award
American Journalism Rising Scholar Award

Best American Journalism Article
Joseph McKerns Research Grants

Research Paper Awards

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