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JOURN Prof. Ehrlich Wins Book Award Competition

8/13/2012  8:00 am

Journalism Professor Matthew Ehrlich's book Radio Utopia: Postwar Audio Documentary in the Public Interest has been named the winner of the Tankard Book Award competition. The award is administered through the Standing Committee on Research of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), and is given to books that "must be well-written and break new ground," according to the award call. The award was presented at the AEJMC conference in Chicago on August 9.


Professor Ehrlich stated, “I'm very surprised and very gratified, and it was nice that it happened in Chicago with a number of colleagues and friends able to be present.”


College of Media Interim Dean and past president of AEJMC, Jan Slater, commented, “The College of Media is very proud to call Matt our own.  Winning the Tankard Award is a tremendous honor for Matt.  It recognizes not only the quality of his research and his ability to tell a fabulous story, it also recognizes the impact Radio Utopia will have on the field as it breaks new ground in journalism and mass communication scholarship.


Matt is an articulate scholar who makes you hang on his every word.  His work tells magnificent stories about interesting topics that no one else could tell.  He is the whole package – a prolific scholar, an excellent teacher, and an outstanding citizen of the academy.  


The Tankard Book Award is the most prestigious honor in journalism and mass communication and no one is more deserving of it than Matt Ehrlich.”


Journalism Department Head, Rich Martin added, “This is a well-deserved recognition and honor for Matt, who's an outstanding teacher, a top-notch scholar, and a great colleague.”