Ohio University

Michael Sweeney

Schoonover Center 208

Michael Sweeney is a professor and former editor of Journalism History, the oldest journal of mass media history in the United States. A historian specializing in wartime journalism and censorship, he has served as president of the American Journalism Historians Association and chair of the History Division of the Association for Journalism and Mass Communication. He teaches a graduate-level class in historical research in the mass media, which has resulted in many students getting academic journal articles published, and undergraduate classes in media ethics, magazine feature writing, and history of American journalism. He received his Ph.D. in Journalism from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in 1996. He earned his Master of Journalism at the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was the head of the journalism and communications department at Utah State University before returning to OU in 2009. Michael worked as a reporter for National Geographic, filing daily news dispatches for the Web site on the progress of Dr. Robert Ballard’s expedition to Titanic in 2004. He was a features editor and copy editor at the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram and also a general assignment reporter and education reporter at the Springfield (Mo.) Daily News. Michael has published many academic and popular books, including The Military and the Press: An Uneasy Truce (Evanston, Ill.: Northwest University Press, 2006) and Secrets of Victory (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001).