Kathy Roberts Forde
Electronic and Print Journalism Sequence
B.A., University of the South (Sewanee)
M.A., Middlebury College
Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Kathy Roberts Forde is a twentieth century American media historian
with research interests in the First Amendment, the African American
freedom struggle, literary journalism, and the history of the book
and print culture.
Her book Literary Journalism on Trial: Masson v. New Yorker
and the First Amendment, published by the University of Massachusetts
Press in 2008, won the Frank Luther Mott-KTA book award and the AEJMC
History Division book award in 2009.
Forde is currently working on a second book, under contract with
UMass Press, that attempts to build bridges among three subfields
of historical inquiry into the American twentieth century: journalism
history, civil rights history, and the history of the book and print
culture. A publication and reading history of James Baldwin’s
The Fire Next Time, the book examines the role of black cultural
expression in shaping social and political thought and policy across
what Nikhil Pal Singh has termed the “long civil rights era.”
She has published articles in Journalism and Mass Communication
Quarterly, Book History, Communication Law & Policy, American
Journalism, Journalism Practice, Journalism & Mass Communication
Educator, and Literary Journalism Studies.
Forde has taught undergraduate courses in American journalism history,
American media and civil rights history, media law, literary journalism,
and information gathering and evaluation. She has also taught graduate
seminars in mass communication history and qualitative methods in
• James W. Carey Media Research Award (2012) for a book
or article of the highest quality that employs Carey's
theories to focus on communication and public life, journalism,
or popular culture. "'The Facts—the Color!—the Facts':
The Idea of a Report in American Print Culture, 1885-1910," co-authored
with Katherine A. Foss, Book History, vol. 15 (2012): 123-151.
• Covert Award in Mass Communication History (2012) for the
best mass communication history article or essay published in 2011. “Profit
and Public Interest: A Publication History of John Hersey's ‘Hiroshima,’” Journalism
and Mass Communication Quarterly 88:3 (Autumn 2011): 562-579.
• Pioneer Award, highest award given by the National Scholastic
Press Association for substantial service contributions to high school
journalism in the United States, 2011.
• Summer Scholar, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer
Institute, “African American Civil Rights Struggles in the
Twentieth Century,” W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University,
• Frank Luther Mott-Kappa Tau Alpha Book Award (2009) for Best
Research-Based Book on Mass Communication and Journalism published
in 2008. (Literary Journalism on Trial: Masson v. New Yorker and
the First Amendment, University of Massachusetts Press)
• AEJMC History Division Book Award (2009) for the Best Book
on Journalism & Mass Communication History published in 2008.
(Literary Journalism on Trial: Masson v. New Yorker and the First
Amendment, University of Massachusetts Press)
• Nafziger-White Dissertation Award, Association for Education
in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), 2006.
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