FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Dr. Barbie Zelizer was announced as the winner of the AEJMC Tankard Book Award at the 2011 AEJMC Conference in St. Louis. Dr. Zelizer is a Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, holds the Raymond Williams Chair of Communication and is the Director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication. Zelizer earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and her MA and BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The book is published by The Oxford University Press, which describes Zelizer’s book saying, “Tracking events as wide-ranging as the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, the Holocaust, the Vietnam War, and 9/11, Barbie Zelizer demonstrates that modes of journalistic depiction and the power of the image are immense cultural forces that are still far from understood.”
An Austin Chronicle review of About to Die says, “[About to Die] is an audacious and often chilling examination of how visual media handle the moment of death, from engravings of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 to the Pacific tsunami of 2004. With an obvious and admitted debt to the academy’s favorite photography buff Susan Sontag, Zelizer treats these images as both rare and powerful.”
About the Tankard Book Award
The Standing Committee on Research administers the Tankard Book Award competition for AEJMC. Authors who are AEJMC members may self-nominate any first-edition scholarly monograph, edited collection, or textbook published the current year of call that is relevant to journalism and mass communication. Nominated books can be co-authored or co-edited, and must be well-written and break new ground.
AEJMC is a nonprofit, educational association of some 3,700 journalism and mass communication educators, students, and media professionals from across the globe. The Association’s mission is to advance education in journalism and mass communication to the end of achieving better professional practice, a better informed public, and wider human understanding. For more about AEJMC visit www.AEJMC.org.