Journalism historians hold national conference in Tucson -- October 2010

Linda Lumsden

Journalism historians will gather in Tucson

Faculty from the University of Arizona School of Journalism will be among more than 90 journalism historians from around the country who will gather in Tucson Oct. 7-10 for the 30th annual American Journalism Historians Association conference.

The gathering will feature numerous panel discussions, awards presentations, paper sessions and roundtable discussions on topics ranging from the history of American womanhood to World War II secrecy. Highlights of panel discussions include:

• “Strangers in Their Own Land: Depictions of People in the Borderlands in the 19th and 20th Centuries,” featuring Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante, UA School of Journalism; Patrick Cox and Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, University of Texas-Austin; and Michael Fuhlhage, University of North Carolina, Oct. 7, 10:10 a.m.
• “The Spanish-Language Press: Two Centuries of Advocacy Journalism,” featuring Paulette Kilmer, University of Toledo; Jon Bekken, Albright College; and Felix Gutierrez, University of Southern California, Oct. 7, 9 a.m.
• “Alternativo Periodismo: 20th Century Alternative Journalism in the Southwest,” featuring Linda Lumsden, UA School of Journalism; Roberto Rodriguez, UA Department of Mexican American and Raza Studies; and Victoria Goff, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Oct. 7, 3 p.m.

The conference also will feature the presentation of several awards, including the “Local Media History Award” to Carmen Duarte, a 1980 graduate of the UA School of Journalism who has worked for the Arizona Daily Star since 1981.

In February 2000, the Star published a 36-day series, “Mama’s Santos: An Arizona Life,” which is a memoir Duarte wrote about her family — mostly told through the life of her mother. It won 11 awards, receiving state, national and international recognition.

In October 2004, Duarte helped launch La Estrella de Tucsón, a Spanish weekly section. She now covers the Sunnyside Unified School District and is a general assignment reporter.

“Carmen’s role in recording Tucson’s history makes her an ideal recipient of this award,” said Lumsden, who is serving as the local host for the AJHA convention. “Her reporting demonstrates the type of work that AJHA wants to honor: in-depth, factual, historically based storytelling.”

The American Journalism Historians Association was founded in 1981 and fosters the research and teaching of journalism history. In addition to holding an annual convention, the association also publishes a quarterly journal and gives awards honoring the top dissertation, book of the year, service to journalism history, and teaching excellence.

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