Zelizer's Book Named Finalist in Tankard Book Award Competition


About to Die: How News Images Move the Public, written by Barbie Zelizer, Ph.D., the Raymond Williams Professor of Communication and Director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication, has been named a finalist in the Tankard Book Award competition by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) for books that break new ground.

The first Tankard Book Award, first presented in 2007, is named in honor of Dr. James Tankard, Jr., former editor of Journalism Monograph, long-time University of Texas at Austin journalism professor. The award will be presented at the AEJMC convention in St. Louis in August during a panel discussion. This event is described as “a cross between Face the Nation and Washington Week in Review with just a little bit of Larry King Live!” Rather than a traditional panel presentation, a moderator will ask questions of the finalists. Questions may range from the inspiration for writing the book to how it was researched.

In addition to Zelizer’s work, the other finalists are: Knights of the Quill: Confederate Correspondents and their Civil War Reporting edited by Patricia McNeely of University of South Carolina, Debra Reddin VanTuyll of Augusta State University, and Henry Schulte of University of South Carolina; 2010, Purdue University Press. Global Journalism Ethics written by Stephen Ward of the University of Wisconsin Madison; 2010, McGill-Queen’s University Press.  

The AEJMC is a nonprofit organization of more than 3,700 educators, students and practitioners from around the globe.