Book of the Year Award

Deadline for entries: March 31, 2018

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 2018 award, the book must have been granted a first-time copyright in 2017. 

Once the book award coordinator receives materials, three judges read each book. A decision is made by July 15 based on an expanded instrument that has been updated and fine-tuned each year.

AJHA recognizes the winner at its annual convention, where the author presents a discussion of his/her book.

The 2018 winner should bring books to the event in Salt Lake City and be prepared to sell and sign them.

Entrants should submit four copies of their books to:

Aimee Edmondson
Ohio University

E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
204 Scripps Hall
Athens, Ohio 45701

Questions? Contact Book Award Coordinator Aimee Edmondson.


Thomas Hrach has been selected to receive the 2017 Book of the Year Award for “The Riot Report and the News: How the Kerner Commission Changed Media Coverage of Black America” (UMass Press, 2016).

Past Winners

 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
 2014    
 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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