LSU Manship School’s John Hamilton Honored for Media History Excellence by AEJMC

June 15, 2023

Jack Hamilton, Ph.D.BATON ROUGE—LSU Professor John Maxwell Hamilton has been awarded the Donald L. Shaw Senior Scholar Award by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s (AEJMC) History Division. This award honors a scholar who has a demonstrated record of excellence in media history that has spanned at least 15 years, including division membership.

Hamilton, a longtime journalist, author and public servant, is the Hopkins P. Breazeale Professor in LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, a global fellow at the Wilson Center and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the founding dean of the Manship School.

“... John Maxwell Hamilton is the proverbial man for all seasons—and we celebrate his rich contributions to journalism history with the Donald L. Shaw Senior Scholar Award,” one of the judges remarked.

AEJMC’s History Division established the award in 2020 in honor of Donald L. Shaw, a groundbreaking journalism theoretician, historian and former head of AEJMC’s History Division best known for his research on the agenda-setting function of the press.

“I am grateful for this award, which is a high point of my career,” Hamilton said. “I have been fortunate to partner with and learn from outstanding scholars, professional journalists and enormously talented students who are now making their marks as researchers.”

Hamilton’s 2020 book, “Manipulating the Masses: Woodrow Wilson and the Birth of American Propaganda,” was selected as the American Journalism Historians Association’s (AJHA) Book of the Year and won AEJMC History Division’s Book Award and the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School's Goldsmith Book Prize. Hamilton also earned a Goldsmith Prize and AJHA Book of the Year for his 2010 book, “Journalism’s Roving Eye: A History of American Foreign Reporting.”

Hamilton is also the author of six other books and scores of scholarly articles, as well as five decades of professional reporting and magazine writing.

AEJMC’s History Division will recognize Hamilton during its Awards Gala at the AEJMC Conference in August.

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