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Claussen appointed editor of the American Journalism Historians Association newsletter


Claussen appointed editor of the American Journalism Historians Association newsletter

GREENVILLE, Pa.—James Pedas Professor of Communication Dane S. Claussen, Ph.D., was recently appointed as editor of The Intelligencer, the quarterly newsletter of the American Journalism Historians Association.

The appointment was made by the association’s board of directors during its 35th annual conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. As editor, Claussen will be an ex officio member of the Board of Directors. Claussen, who also is Chair of the Department of Media, Communication and Public Relations and Executive Director of the Thiel College James Pedas Communication Center, has been a member of the American Journalism Historians Association for more than 15 years.

Claussen's appointment was announced at the AJHA conference by Paulette Kilmer, Ph.D., a University of Toledo journalism professor who chairs AJHA’s Publications Committee, who called Claussen “brilliant” and “experienced.”

“I am extremely pleased to be able to help out AJHA in this way, and look forward to working with members on various articles, columns, and reviews,” Claussen said. His previous service to the Association includes reviewing manuscripts for the organization’s refereed, quarterly scholarly journal, American Journalism, and judging research papers submitted for its annual conference.

In spring 2017, Claussen will teach communication history at Thiel. He taught mass communication history at Point Park University from 2001 to 2010. His own historical writing includes his book, “Anti-intellectualism in American Media,” which covers the years 1944 to 1994. He has also authored various articles, conference papers, essays and academic book reviews.

From March 2006 to Sept. 2012, Claussen was the editor of Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, the oldest and largest scholarly journal devoted to journalism and public relations education.

He has served in numerous offices of the history division of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication. Claussen is a long-time editorial board member for Journalism History, an independent refereed, quarterly journal published by The Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.  He served several years as book reviews editor for J-History, Michigan State University-based listserv focusing on journalism history. Claussen also is a long-time member of the communication history division of the International Communication Association.

Claussen holds a B.S. in journalism from the University of Oregon. His graduate work includes an M.B.A. in corporate finance and labor relations/human resources from the University of Chicago and an M.S. in mass communications from Kansas State University. He got his Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Georgia. He has also completed postdoctoral courses in U.S. intellectual and religious history.

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