Manship Professor Honored for History Book on African American Reporters

09/19/2014 11:42 AM

BATON ROUGE – Jinx Coleman Broussard, professor in LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, recently received a national award for her book titled “African American Foreign Correspondents: A History.”

Broussard received the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, or AEJMC, History Division Book Award for the best journalism and mass communication history published in 2013. Another national association, Kappa Tau Alpha, also selected Broussard’s seminal work as a finalist for the Frank Luther Mott best researched book in mass communication in journalism and mass communication.

Broussard’s book traces the history of black participation in international newsgathering from 1846 through 2009, providing insight into how and why African Americans reported on the marginalized and people of color worldwide. Additionally, the book tells the story of African American foreign correspondents, who worked in obscurity during World Wars I and II. From Frederick Douglas to William Worthy Jr., these correspondents covered events and issues that affected not only their own communities, but the entire world.

Broussard accepted the AEJMC award on Aug. 7, during the association’s national convention in Montréal, Canada.

Her book was selected over 36 other finalists. Calling the book “earnestly researched and engagingly written,” in their selection, AEJMC judges praised Broussard’s illuminating 150-year history that “connects readers with a number of African American journalists who had notable or distinguished reporting assignments overseas.” The book also is being called a “tour de force” and a rich source of information for the general public as well as high schools and colleges.

In addition to “African American Foreign Correspondents,” Broussard is the author of another book titled “Giving a Voice to the Voiceless: Four Pioneering Black Women Journalists.” Since becoming a professor at LSU, Broussard has written numerous journal articles and book chapters.

“I do this research because to a large extent, these people have been invisible until the last 35 years or so,” said Broussard.

Broussard, a native of Vacherie, La., arrived at LSU following an extensive career in political communications, serving as press secretary for New Orleans Mayor Sidney J. Barthelemy, and as director of public information for the city in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Broussard later opened her own public relations firm and eventually became a full-time faculty member at Dillard University. She went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi.

For more information on the award and AEJMC, visit Information about the Frank Luther Mott recognition can be found at

Broussard’s book, published by LSU Press, is available at all major book outlets, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and can be purchased online through LSU Press at  

Broussard is available for book talks and signings, and can be reached at

Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, September 19, 2014