a professor of journalism at the University of Alabama, will be
a special guest at the School of Communications Oct. 11. He'll be
honored at a luncheon and will serve as a visiting professor in
as an editor for four Texas newspapers before going into teaching.
He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and taught 10
years at the University of Arkansas before spending nearly two decades
are media history, in which he is recognized as one of the nation's
leading authorities, and journalistic writing. He has written or
edited 19 books and has received a number of awards for his books
and other research.
His book "The
Media in America: A History" is the most widely used textbook
in its field. He founded the American Journalism Historians Association
and the Southeast Journalism Conference, a student-oriented organization
of 50 college journalism departments.
He has served
as president of both the American Journalism Historians Association
(1999-2000) and Kappa Tau Alpha (1998-2000), the national mass communication
honor society. In 1990, he was chosen as KTA's outstanding chapter