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OHIO journalism faculty members win AEJMC’s Covert Award

May 5, 2014

OHIO journalism faculty members win AEJMC’s Covert Award

ATHENS, Ohio (May 5, 2014)—Professor Michael Sweeney and Professor Emeritus Patrick Washburn, of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, have won the Covert Award for best mass communication history article, essay or book chapters in edited collections given by the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

The pair collaborated on a monograph entitled “’Ain’t Justice Wonderful’: The Chicago Tribune, Its Battle of Midway Story, and the Government’s Attempt at an Espionage Indictment in 1942,” which appeared in Journalism and Communication Monographs. 

Nancy L. Roberts, Covert Award Committee Chair, said via email that “the depth and significance of (the authors’) scholarship” resulted in the win.

“I was surprised by the announcement, as there always are excellent entries for the award,” said Sweeney. “Pat had more confidence, given the number of archives, oral history interviews, Freedom of Information requests and other work that went into the research.”

The late Catherine L. Covert, professor of public communications at Syracuse University and former head of the History Division, endowed the annual award, which comes with a $500 cash prize. 

Sweeney and Washburn will be honored at the History Division business meeting during the AEJMC Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada, Aug. 6-9. The conference website is at

-from staff reports