Call for Essays: Broadcast Media History

The website for AEJMC History Division’s scholarly journal Journalism History seeks essays on the history and importance of television over the last 60 years. 

The impetus for this essay series is the 60th anniversary of CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite informing the nation of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination (Nov. 22, 1963). We welcome all topics exploring broadcasting or television since that iconic moment, including essays focused on TV and intersectionality, children, political or public broadcasting, cable news, and advertising.

One installment in the website’s fifth essay series will be posted on the Journalism History website each month throughout the year 2023. Three essays will be published in Journalism History. The winning essay will receive a $100 prize.

Essays should not have been published elsewhere.

To be considered for inclusion in the media diversity essay series, please submit the following to jhistoryjournal@gmail.com by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Nov. 15, 2022:

  • A brief CV (including publications)
  • A brief synopsis of the topic you plan to discuss in your essay (no more than 100 words)

The schedule for publication will be decided by Dec. 15. Completed essays accepted for online publication will be due approximately two weeks before their scheduled publication date. The three essays to be published in the journal will be due by Feb. 15, 2023.

Completed essays will be 1,000-1,500 words, including citations. Authors should cite primary and/or secondary sources to support their arguments. Any citation style is acceptable for articles published on the website; Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition) must be used for essays accepted for publication in the journal.

Questions may be directed to Erika Pribanic-Smith, online content coordinator for Journalism History, at jhistoryjournal@gmail.com.

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