Melita M. Garza is associate professor in the journalism department in the Illinois College of Media at the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana.
She is an American journalism historian who studies news as an agent of democracy, specializing in English- and Spanish-language news, the immigrant press, and coverage of underrepresented groups. Garza is the author of the award-winning They Came to Toil: Newspaper Representations of Mexicans and Immigrants in the Great Depression (University of Texas Press, 2018). They Came to Toil examines English- and Spanish-language news coverage of immigrants during the longest economic downturn in the United States. She is a founding faculty member of TCU’s interdisciplinary department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES). Her work has been published in Journalism History, American Journalism, and the Howard Journal of Communications.
She earned a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012 after two decades reporting for the Chicago Tribune, Bloomberg News, and the Los Angeles Times. At the Chicago Tribune, she pioneered the paper’s ethnic affairs beat, and covered immigration, among other topics. Dr. Garza also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Harvard University. She teaches journalism history, media literacy, business journalism, and diversity and the media.
Work for CID: Melita Garza serves on the CID Advisory Board.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Provincial Newspapers: Lessons from History
Journalism Department, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
September 8, 2017
Closing date for proposals: 1 June 2017
Papers are invited for a one-day conference on the theme of provincial, regional and local newspapers. The conference is being jointly organised by media historians from Coventry University and Liverpool John Moores University at a time when newsprint journalism has moved from the intensive care ward and obituaries are being pondered and some written. Yet local and regional journalism has been challenged before and emerged altered if not unscathed. This event will bring industry representatives and academics together to take a retrospective look at the current conundrum faced by the regional local newspaper industry in an effort to extrapolate lessons for the future.
We welcome paper proposals from all eras and nationalities, shedding new light on longstanding or recent media historical topics. We anticipate sessions of 90 minutes (20 minutes per paper plus 30 minutes of questions / discussion). It is expected that suitable papers will be developed into chapters for an edited volume on this subject for Routledge.
Themes to explore might include (but are not limited to):
*The future of the local press and local newspaper businesses
*Newspapers and regional identity
*The role of local newspapers in their communities
*Political and judicial accountability
*Media as political and social discourse
*Production and reception histories
The event is organised by Dr Guy Hodgson, Senior Lecturer in Journalism at LJMU, and Dr Rachel Matthews, Principal Lecturer in Journalism, Coventry University. In order to encourage a wide-range of papers, there will be no conference fee and lunch will be provided.
Please include an abstract of no more than 300 words and a cover sheet with a brief biographical note, your institutional affiliation (where relevant) and your contact details (including your email address). Abstracts should be sent to r.matthews AT coventry.ac.uk
Janice Hume (Ph.D., 1997, M.A., 1995, B.J., 1981, University of Missouri School of Journalism) is an associate professor of journalism in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia.
Her research focuses on journalism history, particularly how it relates to collective memory and the social construction of death. She has written two books, Obituaries in American Culture (University Press of Mississippi, 2000) and Journalism in a Culture of Grief (with Carolyn Kitch, Routledge, 2007), as well as numerous journal articles published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism & Communication Monographs, Journalism History, American Journalism, Journal of Popular Culture, the Review of Communication and Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. She is Research Chair of the American Journalism Historians Association and formerly served as head of the History Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Work for CID:
Janice Hume served as a reviewer of micro-grants distributed by CID (funded by the National Communication Association). She also has served on the CID Advisory Board.