David Copeland, A.J. Fletcher Professor of Communications, presented the Distinguished Scholar lecture Tuesday, April 10 in the LaRose Digital Theatre on campus.
Copeland’s lecture, titled “Of Moon Men, Media,
and What We Believe,” examined the influence of
newspapers in America during the 19th century. The number of
newspapers in the country grew from about 40 in 1783 to
approximately 1,200 in 1833, Copeland said. Newspapers
wielded great influence during the period, and “it was
almost impossible to find a newspaper that didn’t
actively support a political party or some cause,”
Copeland has earned respect for the quality of his scholarship work and his proficiency as a teacher. Since coming to Elon in 2001, he has published six books, with two more in press. He has written numerous book chapters and served as editor for several highly-acclaimed publications. Copeland was series editor for the 8-volume “Greenwood Library of American War Reporting,” in 2005 and “Debating Historical Issues in Newspapers of the Time,” in 2003. Currently, Copeland is serving as editor of a series of media history books by Peter Lang Publishers and as chief editor of the Thomson Gale 19th-Century Newspaper Digitization Project.
Copeland has also written numerous book chapters and research papers and he is a frequent panelist and lecturer at professional meetings and symposia. He serves on the editorial board of Journalism History. He has also served on the board of the American Journalism Historians Association and served as the organization’s president in 2000-2001. At Elon he has chaired the Evaluation of Teaching subcommittee and the Teacher-Scholar committee and served as a member of the Academic Council and the Curriculum Revision committee in the School of Communications.
Established in 2000, Elon’s Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes a faculty member whose research has earned peer commendation and respect and who has made a significant contribution to his or her field of study.
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