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Kathy Roberts Forde
Associate Professor
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 communication research.

Awards

• 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, 2011.

• 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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Kathy Forde

E-mail: fordekr@sc.edu

Office:
Phone: 803.777.3321
Fax: 803.777.4103
Office: Coliseum 4011A

Hours:
Th 3-5 PM, & by appointment

Syllabi:
Posted on Blackboard

On the Web:
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