Published on April 28, 2020 by Sean Flynt  
AJHA Journal
The journal featured the research of Julie Williams, Dan Zhao and Thomas Cleveland

Samford’s top-ranked journalism and mass communication (JMC) program was represented by a professor, student and alumnus in the most recent issue of The Southeastern Review of Journalism History, a research journal devoted to the study of mass communication history.

The journal reviewed the latest book by professor Julie Hedgepeth Williams Three Not-So-Ordinary Joes:  A Plantation Newspaperman, a Printer’s Devil, an English Wit, and the Founding of Southern Literature–but Williams said she was most pleased with the journal’s publication of research by JMC alumna Dan Zhao ’18 and rising senior Thomas Cleveland.

Zhao’s paper–“The Original Grimm’s Fairy Tales versus the current Grimm’s Fairy Tales: Is the Original Edition Suitable for Children?–was her senior thesis at Samford.

Cleveland’s paper–“The National Geographic War” documented how the famous magazine tried to involve the public in World War II.

“I'm so proud of my students,” Williams said. She noted that Zhao and Cleveland first presented their research at the American Journalism Historians Association's Southeast conference, where Williams often leads JMC students to research honors.

 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.