Book of the Year Award

The American Journalism Historians Association Book of the Year Award recognizes the best book in journalism history or mass media history published during the previous calendar year.

For the 2021 award, the book must have been granted a first-time copyright in 2020. Authors may self-nominate. Nominated books may be co-authored, but edited books will not be considered. Nominations are due February 28, 2021.

The three finalists will discuss their work at an awards panel at the 2021 American Journalism Historians Association Annual Convention, October 7-9, 2021 in Columbus, OH. Following the panel presentations, the 2021 AJHA Book Award winner will be announced. Finalists must agree to present at the AJHA Book Award panel at the AJHA conference.

To nominate a book for the award, submit the following to Ann Bourne, Ph.D., Assistant Director, School of Library & Information Studies, College of Communication and Information Sciences, the University of Alabama, 512 Gorgas Library, Box 870252, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487:

    1. A letter stating “As the author of this title nominated for the 2020 AJHA Book Award, I agree that if my book is chosen as a finalist, I will participate in the book award panel at the 2021 American Journalism Historians Association Annual Convention in Columbus, OH.
    2. Four copies of the book to be considered for the award.
    3. The author’s contact information, including telephone number and email address.
      Only complete nomination packets will be considered

      Questions? Contact Book Award Coordinator, Dr. Ann Bourne, at (205) 348-1524 or

      Mike Conway received the 2020 Book of the Year Award for “Contested Ground: ‘The Tunnel’ and the Struggle over Television
      News in Cold War America.” Read about his recognition.

      Past Winners

       2020 Mike Conway
      Contested Ground: ‘The Tunnel’ and the Struggle over Television News in Cold War America
       2019Thomas Aiello
      The Grapevine of the Black South: The Scott Newspaper Syndicate in the Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement
       2018 Steven Casey
      The War Beat, Europe: The American Media at War Against Nazi Germany
       2017 Thomas HrachThe Riot Report and the News: How the Kerner Commission Changed Media Coverage of Black America
       2016 Leonard Teel
      Reporting the Cuban Revolution: How Castro Manipulated American Journalists
       2015 Margot Opdycke Lamme
      Public Relations and Religion in American History: Evangelism, Temperance, and Business
       Carol Sue Humphrey
      The American Revolution and the Press: The Promise of Independence
       2013 Richard K. Popp
      The Holiday Makers: Magazines, Advertising, and Mass Tourism in Postwar America
       2012 Peter Hartshorn
      I Have Seen the Future: A Life of Lincoln Steffens
       2011 Mark Feldstein
      Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson, and the Rise of Washington's Scandal Culture
       2010 John Maxwell Hamilton
      Journalism's Roving Eye: A History of American Foreign Reporting
       2009 Ford Risley
      Abolition and the Press: The Moral Struggle Against Slavery
       2008 Mary A. Hamilton
      Rising from the Wilderness: J.W. Gitt and His Legendary Newspaper
       2007 Gene Roberts & Hank Klibanoff
      The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation
       2006 Laurel Leff
      Buried by the Times: The Holocaust and America's Most Important Newspaper
       2005 David Paul Nord
      Faith in Reading: Religious Publishing and the Birth of Mass Media in America
       2004 David Greenberg
      Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image
       2003Gregory C. Lisby & William F. Mugleston
      Someone Had to be Hated: Julian LaRose Harris, A Biography
       2002 Michael Sweeney
      Secrets of Victory: The Office of Censorship and the American Press and Radio in World War II
       2001 John C. Hartsock
      A History of American Literary Journalism: The Emergence of a Modern Form

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