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E.W. Scripps doctoral student wins dissertation award from American Journalism Historians Association

ATHENS, Ohio (June 2, 2004) -- For the third time in five years, an Ohio University doctoral student advised by Patrick Washburn, professor of journalism, has won the Margaret A. Blanchard Award, which is given annually by the American Journalism Historians Association for the best dissertation on a historical topic.

This year's winner was Guy Reel, who in August received his Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Ohio University. His dissertation was titled "This Wicked World: The National Police Gazette, Richard K. Fox, and the Making of the Modern American Man, 1879-1906." Reel is now an assistant professor in the Department of Mass Communication at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. Reel's dissertation is being reviewed for publication by New York University Press.

In 2000, Dale Zacher, who wrote his dissertation on "Editorial Policy of the Scripps Newspapers during World War I" under Washburn's direction, won the Blanchard Award. Zacher is now an assistant professor of communications at Northern Illinois University.

In 2002 Marc Edge, for whom Washburn served as adviser, wrote his dissertation on "Pacific Press, Vancouver's Newspaper Monopoly, 1957-1991." Edge now is an assistant professor of journalism at Nanyang Technical University in Singapore.

Edge's dissertation was published last year by New Star Books as "Pacific Press: The Unauthorized Story of Vancouver's Newspaper Monopoly." Zacher's dissertation has been accepted for publication by the University of Illinois Press.

Ohio University doctoral students advised by Washburn have won this award more often than doctoral students advised by any other faculty member at another university. The dissertation award was first presented in 1997.

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