New Chair of Journalism Selected

Kathy Forde
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The UMass Journalism Department is proud to announce that Kathy Forde, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina, has been appointed chair of the UMass Journalism Department.

Forde, whose research emphasis is on journalism history and literary journalism, holds a doctorate from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her scholarship has won some of the most prestigious national awards in journalism/mass communications, including The Frank Luther Mott-KTA book award and the AEJMC History Division book award for Literary Journalism on Trial: Masson v. the New Yorker and the First Amendment (University of Massachusetts Press, 2008); two Covert Awards for the year’s best journalism history article (2012 and 2013); the James W. Carey Media Research Award; and the AEJMC Nafziger-White dissertation award. 

Forde's second book on the role of James Baldwin’s social protest journalism during the civil rights movement also is under contract with University of Massachusetts Press. 

Forde has a strong interest in social justice issues and has been director of South Carolina’s USC Media and Civil Rights History Symposium, an international gathering on the historical relationship between civil rights and the media. She is chair of the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and serves as associate editor of American Journalism.

Forde will begin her responsibilities as chair of the Journalism Department on Aug. 1. Karen List, who has been director of Journalism for nine years, will return to teaching full-time.