Faculty member named editor of American Journalism

January 13, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A Penn State faculty member has been named editor of American Journalism, an academic journal that focuses on historical research in journalism.

Professor Ford Risley, the interim associate dean for undergraduate and graduate education in the College of Communications, will serve as editor for the peer-reviewed, quarterly publication. 

American Journalism (www.american-journalism.org) is the official publication of the American Journalism Historians Association. Risley previously served on the journal’s editorial board.

The journal concerns itself with media history in all national and transnational contexts. It publishes articles, book reviews, essays and reviews of digital media. Articles in the journal treat the history of communication in general; the history of journalism; the history of broadcasting, advertising and public relations; the history of media outside the United States; and theoretical issues in the literature or methods of media history.

Risley has taught mass media history, feature writing and other courses at Penn State. His research centers on mass media history, especially Civil War-era journalism.

He is the author of three books, including “Civil War Journalism” (Praeger, 2012). He also has published articles, essays and book reviews in a variety of scholarly publications, including American Journalism, Civil War History, Georgia Historical Quarterly and Journalism History. His book, “Abolition and the Press: The Moral Struggle Against Slavery,” won the American Journalism Historians Association’s award for the best book on media history published in 2008.

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