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MST Faculty, Geoffrey Baym Wins 2010 Outstanding Book of the Year in Political Communication

“From Cronkite to Colbert: The Evolution of Broadcast News”, the new book by Geoffrey Baym has won the 2010 Outstanding Book of the Year in Political Communication, awarded by the National Communication Association.  The book is a study of the transformations in news, media, and political culture that have taken us from the age in which the nightly news anchor Walter Cronkite was considered the most trusted man in America, to an age in which the comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are now among our most important information sources and political critics.  Professor Baym will be traveling to the NCA annual convention in San Francisco next week to receive the award and where an entire session will be devoted to a conversation with him about the book.

You can find the university’s press release about the book/award here: http://campusweekly.3edev.com/2010/10/26/eveningnewsfromcolbert/

For more on the book, check out the page on Prof. Baym’s website at http://geoffreybaym.com/2009/10/hello-world/

In related news, Geoffrey Baym attended the The Rally to Restore Sanity last weekend in Washington, DC where he acquired national (and international) media attention.  He was interviewed by (and quoted in) the Washington Post, USA Today, Politico, the Christian Science Monitor, the Daily Forward with his comments also appearing in The Huffington Post and the French daily Le Monde.  Further, Baym did a live radio interview with WJR-Detroit the morning of the rally, while the day before, participating an hour-long live “chat” on the Washington Post website.

Baym’s write-up of all this (along with links to the articles) can be found on his website at http://geoffreybaym.com/2010/11/rally-to-restore-sanity/


Written by uncgmst

November 9, 2010 at 12:00 am

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