TUSCALOOSA, AL — Longtime University of Alabama educator George Daniels, an associate professor in the school’s College of Communication & Information Sciences, was recently honored for his research project that focused on Black-owned newspapers and their impacts in the communities they serve.
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Daniels was named the recipient of this year’s Gene Burd Award for Research in Urban Journalism Studies by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJCM). He also received $2,500 as part of the annual award, which purportedly aims to improve the practice and study of journalism in the urban environment.
The award is given at the organization’s annual conference, which was held virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The award recognizes high quality urban media reporting, critical analysis, and research relevant to that content and its communication about city problems, programs, policies, and public priorities in urban life and culture.
Daniels award-winning research project is titled “Exploring the Role of Black Newspapers Filling Urban Government News Coverage.”
“Receiving a research award like this is a good indication of interest in the work we’ve been doing for nearly two years,” Daniels told Patch this week via email. “It’s one thing to collect, catalog and analyze the news coverage in 30 communities. It’s quite another to be able to travel to those communities and talk with those with firsthand knowledge of what Black-owned newspapers mean to them.”
Daniels then expressed his gratitude to the Urban Communication Foundation for their support of his research on this particular topic.
“I look forward to adding a new dimension to what’s known about these publications that deliver news in dozens of communities each week,” he said.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Daniels has been on faculty in the College of Communication & Information Sciences for nearly two decades and is no stranger to academic accolades. Daniels was also the recipient of AEJCM’s Robert Knight Multicultural Recruitment Award in 2015 and the Lee Barrow Doctoral Minority Student Scholarship in 2001, while a doctoral student at the University of Georgia.
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