Five University of Southern Mississippi mass communication graduate
students were the crème de la crème of this year’s
American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA) national conference.
AJHA, the country’s largest organization
of media historians, is a highly competitive conference that attracts
students and faculty from the nation’s top media history graduate
Southern Miss students—Elizabeth Baugh,
Jay Todd, Jason Peterson, Hazel Cole, and Stuart Bullington—won
AJHA’s best honors for papers written in a media history graduate
seminar class led by journalism associate professor Dr. Dave Davies
in spring 2005.
They will present their papers at AJHA’s
conference in San Antonio Oct. 5-8.
Dr. Glenn "Pete" Smith, a graduate
of Southern Miss’ mass communication program, will receive
AJHA's award for best dissertation completed in 2004.
Smith’s dissertation focused on pioneering
woman television producer Gertrude Berg. His dissertation director
was Dr. Arthur J. Kaul, professor of mass communication and journalism.
The group’s win is considered icing on
the cake for Southern Miss’ School of Mass Communication and
Journalism, which received full national accreditation in February.
Davies said, "The AJHA honors speak well
for the students' work and for Southern Miss. Southern Miss has
the largest number of graduate students on the program, more than
North Carolina, Missouri or any other university.”
AJHA has been a showcase for Southern Miss
students in recent years, with the receptions of best conference
paper honors in 2003 and 2004.